For my daughter’s home birth I had a long list of items from my midwives that I had to gather before my due date. My son was born in the hospital so a lot of the items did not apply, but I learned a lot about what I liked using to take care of myself during this crucial time. Here is my list of items for you to gather for yourself after you give birth to make sure your postpartum journey is as comfortable and healing as possible.
The postpartum period is such an important time for all mamas. It is the time that you need to take care of yourself the most. Which is counter-intuitive because you have a newborn baby who needs you so much right there in front of you. So don’t forget that you have to fill your own cup in order to be able to provide and care for your baby and your family. Take care of yourselves, mamas! ❤
This here is my list of the top items every mother needs after giving birth
FridaBaby also made a new bottle that I have not tried, but I like their baby products so their mom products might be worth a try as well
I love the Sitz bath the most, but this is nice to have on hand if you don’t have time to brew the herbs and are in need of some soothing down there
to soothe after birth pains. This little bottle is magic!
for soothing sore muscles and body aches after giving birth. Rub liberally all over! It’s natural and homeopathic and works wonders. (I keep it around for my little ones when they get bumps and bruises or for myself or husband if we get sore or injured).
to soothe cracked or dry nipples
If you are really cracked, dry or in pain, good old fashioned Lanolin works wonders as well
This is a wonderful book that opened by eyes to the importance of the very beginning of the postpartum phase and how important it is to be taken care of and to take care of yourself
The best nursing bra for sleeping, so soft and comfortable and easy access for at night
My hands down absolute favorite nursing bra for comfort, design and functionality. Comes in lots of beautiful colors, is well padded with cotton on the interior and comes in other styles such as racer back. It’s the best nursing bra!
to help you get your bearings. Click the link to find a doula near you
or meals cooked for you by friends or family. Click the link for Motherbees food delivery service
Click the link to find one near you, or search through your local La Leche League chapter
A friend who is a lactation consultant showed me this non-electronic food grade silicone breast pump that I think is so cool since I was never fond of pumping because of the loud sounds and the electronic pulling sensation. This is more like a milk catcher, and works through suction of the breast to capture milk. Love it!
Postnatal Yoga/Mom & Baby Yoga
Did I forget anything? Please let me know by leaving a comment below!
I’ve written before about Queen’s Pose, the supported restorative version of reclined baddha konasana, and this is one of my favorite before bed poses to do, especially when pregnant.
But there is one other pose that I love doing before bed because it relaxes the mind and body so quickly and simultaneously opens the hips and back setting you up for restful sleep: Supported child’s pose. Forward folds naturally relax the central nervous system and when they’re supported the results are two-fold. By placing a bolster on the floor in front of you and spreading your knees a part, making sure your toes are touching, you rest one cheek on the bolster and breathe deeply. After you’re ready to switch sides, gently support yourself with your hands, elbows bent, and turn your other cheek to rest on the bolster. (Pic coming soon to demonstrate). If one bolster is not enough height to support you comfortably, you can place an additional bolster on top or a yoga blanket or two. When practicing this pose while pregnant make room for your belly comfortably at the foot of your bolster, do not rest on your belly. You want your belly to hang freely and have space to open and the breath to expand naturally without constriction. These restorative poses are wonderful birth prep as they open the hips, guide you towards the mind-body connection you’re looking to cultivate during labor and help you get the much-needed rest you need before giving birth and taking care of yourself and your little one.
Ring in a Summer of L❤️VE with Queen’s pose: a heart-opening restorative asana that floods the body with the healing powers of love and a hand-blended bottle of Bach flower essences meant to nourish your ability to love and be loved!
I remember the first time I experienced this pose in a prenatal yoga class. It was a ground breaking moment in my pregnancy. I felt connected to and at peace with this new being I was growing inside me despite the changes going on in my body. I felt a release in my heart and the opening I needed in my body and mind to make room for this new life. I was preparing to welcome this baby in the most gentle and natural way possible.
I revisit this pose often to slow down, breathe and recharge. To calm the central nervous system with this highly beneficial pose. To feel the support beneath me and listen to my breath as I go inward and rejuvenate on a cellular level.
The corresponding Flower Formula to this restorative pose is called Summer of L-❤️-V-E, a hand-blended bottle (by me!) of carefully chosen Bach flower essences intended to nourish your ability to love and be loved. To be a vessel that receives love, radiates love and embodies love! The best part is… it’s powered by nature.
I began studying homeopathy & the Bach flower essences after my baby was born. I’ve been taking flower essences for most of my life. I’ve learned so much and feel it is important to share this gentle yet profound healing system with others. So I’m working on setting up my shop so I can do just that!
Leave a comment below or contact me directly to pre-order your own Summer of L❤️VE Flower Formula.
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