I have been enjoying the last few weeks being home with no events/traveling. It has been wonderful to be able to focus on the end of my pregnancy and upcoming birth. What really gets me excited, though, is preparing for postpartum. Being my sixth child, I know the importance of the care a mom needs in those delicate first few months, also referred to the 4th trimester.
After my 4th child, my husband was home for two weeks. He was able to help with the other three children as we all adjusted and settled in. It was a wonderful time and gave me time to figure out nursing, eat healthy food, and bond.
After my 5th child, our situation was harder (I’ll write more about this one day). My husband had literally just opened our first chiropractic business and was also working an overnight valet job to try and make ends meet. Our other four children were young and we were living in a tiny apartment we could barely afford. I coped with Netflix at night while my husband was gone. Neither one of us could catch our breath and we were both sleep deprived. This resulted in some serious postpartum depression.
Going through these experiences, I know what I don’t want to happen, but also what I can do to help have a better 4th trimester.
I shared this image of some postpartum bins I am making for after beard baby arrives. With my other children, I sat a lot (usually on a Boppy Pillow). Healing and nursing. It’s nice to have a bin right there with all the essentials you may need.
Here is what I’ve put in mine (one for downstairs, one for upstairs):
- Onsies, diapers, and wipes to change baby.
- A thermometer in one.
- Earth Mama Angel Baby lip balm, nipple butter, and angel baby bottom balm.
- Hair ties.
- I’ll add bottled water and snacks once baby arrives.
- Many moms also suggest a NoseFrida.
- Add anything else you may need/want or along the way.
Something else that is incredibly helpful is having a spot in your most used bathroom for postpartum care. If you will or have had a cesarean, I can’t recommend Earth Mama C-Salve enough. It is incredible at helping the wound heal with less scarring. I also put a pad horizontally along my incisions as it made it feel more protected. Belly binding is also helpful.
For a vaginal birth, making frozen pads is a great idea. Many women use witch hazel for this. I’ll be using Earth MamaBath PostPartum Bath Herbs to make mine.
Then, I’ve made a little bin with other things that will be nice to have every time I use the bathroom.
- I’ll add a peri bottle for rinsing.
- Earth Mama Bottom Spray and Balm (you guys, this stuff is magic, even 3 years post partum).
- Nipple Butter, wash and lotions (all organic and gmo-free for me and baby).
- Happy Mama Spray (not pictured).
- Hair ties.
OK, I obviously love Earth Mama, but they are THE BEST and I’m so grateful I’ll have their products this time around (for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum).
For other things I may not have thought of for during birth and postpartum, I have a Push Pack bag. These are so handy for home or hospital birth!
I have also been nesting. Cleaning the house and organizing spaces. I moved furniture around to have a space upstairs in my room. There will be many hours I’ll be bonding, soaking in the oxytocin, and figuring out nursing all over again. Knowing this, I want a comfortable, happy space to do this in. Downstairs, I have a chair in my front room with a side table as well as the couch in the family room. Upstairs, I created this space in my room for those long nights or late mornings. I’ll make sure to have Netflix and a good book available, too.
One more thing. Earth Mama Monthly Comfort Tea, also known as their postpartum tea. Our hormones go from one end to the other just like that (imagine I just snapped my fingers like a badass). This herbal tea helps to balance that for postpartum moms.
No matter how hard things have been this pregnancy I have enjoyed all that I’m blessed with. The difference between where my family was my last postpartum and now are huge and I’m deeply grateful for that. So, preparing for the 4th trimester has made me genuinely happy and excited. I know I’m doing all I can to ensure a smooth transition with another baby as my body and hormones balance out. I’ll have that sacred window of time before beard baby and I take to the sky to meet many more of you amazing people this year!
*This post is not sponsored by any company. It’s what I find to be the best and most helpful! Leave a comment with other ideas to help with a smooth postpartum.