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After the birth of your child there are unique needs for caring for your body afterwords. If you have a planned c-section or if you end up needing one, there are differences in your recovery then if you had a vaginal birth. Preparing your house with some items that could be of great help for you when you get home from the hospital.
Since recovery typically takes longer — you will likely be in the hospital for a 3-7 days after your child is born. Having your partner or friends pick up some products to make your transition home easier can make a huge difference in your postpartum recovery period.
Click through to see my picks for the 7 must-have products after a c-section delivery:
1. Nursing Pillow
Whether you will be nursing your baby or not having a pillow like this one will help support the baby while you feed and keep pressure off your incision.
2. Maternity Underwear
Your incision area will be sore for a bit and irritation from underwear or clothes can cause a lot of discomfort. Using maternity underwear will keep the elastic band above your incision.
3. Healing/Scar Cream
When the incision begins to heal it can be quite itchy. Using a cream like this one will help heal, soothe, and decrease scaring.
While some doctors prescribe larger pain medications, taking some over the counter ibuprofen can also be a big help for pain of incision and any after-birth cramping.
5. Pressure Wrap
Having a wrap to keep your abdominal muscles tight can bring a lot of comfort. It will stop you from making abrupt movements which may aggravate your incision and the pressure feels good.
6. Prenatal Vitamins
Although you are no longer pregnant taking a daily multivitamin or prenatal vitamin can help ensure you are receiving a good supply of minerals and vitamins. Both of which are vital to energy, healing, and recovery.
7. Stool Softener
Not only can it be painful to go to the washroom because anytime you use those muscles it can hurt, but tack on milk production, hormonal changes, and losing excess water and everything in your intestinal tract slows down. Stool softeners will help ease it all when things get going again.
What products would you add to the must-have list?