Childbirth is a miraculous but extremely tiring event, which is why it is crucial for new moms to take extra care of their bodies during the postpartum period. Experts say postpartum recovery can take six months, so take your time and allow your body to heal.
Build a postpartum recovery kit
To help you care for your body after baby, here are some essentials you’ll need in your postpartum recovery kit that can help make healing easier and maybe even faster.
As your uterus shrinks to its original size and your body gets rid of the extra blood and tissue, expect lochia or bloody vaginal discharge. It can last up to six to eight weeks, so maternity pads will help greatly — for the first three to 10 days, you may be changing pads every hour.
Your vagina may feel sore after giving birth due to natural tearing or your episiotomy. According to moms in our Smart Parenting Village, most doctors prescribed them a feminine wash with antibacterial properties to help prevent infections.
If you had a Cesarean section, ask your doctor for the products that can best clean and treat your incision wound. Some moms shared that they were prescribed hydrogen peroxide, so the wound dries up quickly.
If you’re breastfeeding, a nipple cream can help soothe sore or cracked nipples. You may also try breast milk, which some moms swear by.
Apart from being used as a nipple cream, you can also use it to heal minor skin ailments like nappy rash, chafing, insect bites, and more. Just make sure to wipe it off before letting your baby feed. Available at Watsons.
Most moms see stretch marks as “battle scars,” which is a reminder of their strength as a woman. But if you’d like to lighten them, there are products that can help.
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It’s made from cocoa and shea butter which helps keep the skin moisturized for up to 48 hours. Available at Watsons.
For many new moms, a quick shower or bath offers respite from the demands of motherhood. If this is your form of self-care, treat yourself to a product that helps calm and refresh you.