When I first thought about starting a family, my focus was on being as healthy as possible. I focused on healthy eating and not using products with chemicals. My goal became to go as natural as possible for myself and my family, especially my babies. Having a baby can be a great journey to motherhood and focusing on a natural lifestyle. As a new mom, there are many things that can help you go more natural, starting with postpartum essentials.
After giving birth, it is likely you will need some pain relief. It is possible you will need prescription or over the counter pain relievers.
However, are other natural products available for pain relief, including ice packs, warm compresses, or postpartum pain-relief sprays.
A natural sitz bath can help provide relief as well.
You’ll experience bleeding for several days to weeks after delivery. Look for products that are natural and don’t contain chemicals, such as organic cotton pads.
After having a baby, it is a good time to consider using a menstrual cup. A menstrual cup means far less waste than menstrual products, and no exposure to things like dioxin or bleach. The thought of a menstrual cup can be intimidating, but it is usually easy to learn how to use.
If you are breastfeeding, it is a good idea to be prepared, especially if you are a first time mom. A good breast pump is useful to have, as well as fabric nursing pads, a breastfeeding bra, natural nipple butter, and milk storage supplies.
You can make or buy lactation snacks to help as well.
A postpartum belly band helps offer support and compression. This can help you feel more secure while you are moving around, but it is also a healing aid.
Eating a healthy diet will aid your body for postpartum recovery and breastfeeding. Focus on eating fresh, organic foods that are rich in nutrients.
You can plan ahead by meal prepping and making lots of frozen meals ahead of time, especially for when your significant other may have to go back to work.
Rest and sleep
Newborns can mean sleep deprivation! Get as much rest as you can, and ask for help when it is available.
Be sure you have a comfortable sleep environment to make the most of your sleep, such as diffusing lavender essential oil and playing relaxing music.
Once your OB-GYN gives you the green light, exercise can help you regain your strength and energy.
Start with light exercises like walking and stretching, and gradually increase your activity level.
The postpartum period can be overwhelming and emotionally challenging, and being a new mother can be isolating at times. Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family, or healthcare providers when needed.