This is part two in a series of blog posts featuring my Postpartum Bundles, complimentary for all Birth Doula clients! Check out the Services page for more info.
Peri Bottles: A mom's best friend after birth!
Seasoned moms may be familiar with these, but for those who aren't, these bottles are simply the BEST! It's a very simple concept that provides a lot of relief after birth. These are soft squeeze bottles that you can fill up with warm water each time you pee. You squirt as you go, and it dilutes the urine and takes away the "sting" especially if you have any stitches! They're also great for rinsing away any blood, and I always recommend having white wash cloths nearby to pat dry. Keep a separate basket in the washroom and bleach the wash cloths as needed.
Maternity Pads & Witch Hazel
Each Postpartum Bundle comes with a package of maternity pads. These are great because they're super absorbent without being huge and bulky, and they are plain cotton that won't irritate the area. When purchasing extra maternity pads, look for the most natural fibres, as some of the "leak proof" materials can stick to stiches- ouch!
I also provide a peri bottle filled with Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel. Witch Hazel is great for postpartum healing as it's a natural astringent. It draws tissues together and constricts blood vessels, which lessens inflammation and pain. You can use it by squirting onto a fresh pad, or by making "pad-cicles" by squirting onto a pad and then freezing. If using pad-cicles, let them sit out of the freezer for a few minutes to soften before putting them near any sensitives bits!
Mesh Panties: Not cute, but totally functional!
These are NOT like the mesh panties you might picture in a lingerie ad- they are far less cute and a lot more comfortable! Their elasticity is exceptional, so they are perfect for holding a maternity pad in place. They don't have any outer elastic bands on the legs or the top, so they don't give any pressure points and won't dig in anywhere. This is amazing for after a caesarean birth, as they won't bother the incision area at all. Whether you've had a caesarean or given birth vaginally, these are hands down the most comfortable underwear and you won't have to worry about wrecking them!
I provide 3 pairs in each Postpartum Bundle. They are a disposable item, however they can be gently hand washed and hung to dry, to use 2-3 times each. Trust me, once you've worn them you're going to want to make them last!