After little babe is born, life as you once knew it is no mas. Of course I mean this in the most wonderful way possible, but it’s like a landslide of emotion. And changes. And everything. And you have zero clue what you’re doing.
One of the most daunting things to me was actually leaving the house. We live pretty much a half-hour from everywhere, so there is no such thing as a “quick trip”. Going somewhere in the car means packing bottles, pump supplies, diapers…the works. Which is totally fine, but it was a lot to wrap my head around at first.
The first two weeks (give or take) after baby pops out of your lady bits are the roughest in terms of healing. (I’m speaking from the point of vaginal delivery; I have no idea how the recovery process from a c-section is, although I’ve been told it’s pretty painful mainly because of the location.) Anywho. I had my own little personal care kit in the diaper bag for when I had to go potty when we were away from home. It was a little angel baby.
- Peri Bottle – this thing will be your bestie for the restie. There are some really cool ones that you can buy, but this one was the one they gave me at the hospital. Well – “gave”. I’m sure it was in a bill somewhere along with the mesh granny panties and pads large enough to wrap around a space ship. This little guy will make you feel nice and clean even on the most blah days!
- <a href="http://Herbal Perineal Spray by Earth Mama | Safe for Pregnancy and Postpartum, Natural Cooling Spray for After Birth, Benzocaine and Butane-Free 4-Fluid Ounce“>Earth Mama “down there” Spray – OKAY. If you retain anything from this blog post, it should be that this stuff is amazing. My hospital gave me (“gave” – there I go again!) the standard Dermaplast spray and that worked fine, but this was way better. It’s all natural, so you don’t have to worry about what you’re spraying up in your lady temple. And it’s a light “mist” rather than an [alarming] “SHHHHHH”. This part was great for two reasons: 1) it felt better 2) it’s quiet in public.
- Always THIN Pads – Not that the XXXXXXXL pads they give you at the hospital aren’t great and all, but it was nice to not have to waddle anymore after 9 months of doing just that. All this fancy technology we have these days, means they can make super absorbency pads that aren’t 4″ thick. Hallelujer! Also, do yourself a favor and grab the ones with the helpful wings. They’ll attach to your granny pannies better.
- Baby Wash Cloths – This may be gross to some people, but the whole mess of what you’re dealing with down there is pretty gross, so I promise it won’t even phase you. Toilet paper is a scary thought (especially if you had to get stitches), so it was nice having something to “dab” down there to dry things up after using my friend, Mr. Peri. And you really don’t want to deal with a yeast infection (or any kind of infection) after giving birth, so it’s best to keep things nice and dry.
Add some snacks to the bag, a giant water bottle, and a sh*t-ton of other things and you’re ready to go run that errand in town! 😉
I carried this bag around with me for about two weeks after my son was born. After that, things got back to (almost) normal and I wasn’t scared of toilet paper anymore. Every body will be different, but every vagina will appreciate this little tool kit. I guarantee it!
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