Most mothers start to pack their maternity bag during the seventh month of their pregnancy and keep adding stuff to it till it is time to leave for the hospital. However, everything in the maternity bag is related to what the baby needs after birth or things needed during the hospital stay. Often mums keep themselves at the bottom of their priority list and miss packing postpartum care kit. So to make you postpartum-ready, here we bring to you a list of things that you need to keep in your maternity bag or at home to make life easy.
Maternity pads: No, the usual pack of sanitary napkin will not help you deal with lochia or post-delivery bleeding. You need specialised maternity pads. Buy them in loads, because there will be bleeding for a couple of weeks continuously after delivery. Keep a few packs at home and carry one with you to the hospital.
Granny panties: This comes second on the list because it will be a while till you can wear your bikini line panties and the satin ones. The big granny panties will keep your cut (c-section scar) protected and provide the belly with support too. Even for women who go for episiotomy due to vaginal birth, these panties spell comfort.
Cold packs: Haemorrhoids, episiotomy, sore bums – post pregnancy, strange and awkward pains have a never ending list. Cold packs just come in handy to help comfort you.
Nursing pads: Even if you are breastfeeding all the time, you are still going to leak milk during the breaks, if you are lactating well. So keep these nursing pads handy and buy at least four pairs, so you have extra ones. Wash and dry them well before reusing.
Nursing pillow: Don’t go by the name, a nursing pillow is not just for breastfeeding, you can sleep with it giving your back and core enough support or use it as a cushion to soothe sore bums.
Nursing cream: Sore nipples, cracks or bites everything can be nursed with this cream. Another advantage is you can use this cream to treat cracked heels too, since going for a pedicure at this time would be next to impossible.
Moisturiser and lip balm: I am assuming you have these things handy in your closet or bedroom cabinet, if not buy them. Dry skin post-pregnancy is very common followed with chapped lips.
BPA free bottles to store breast milk: If you are planning to store milk, don’t forget to buy lots of bottles. Keeping a store of breast milk at home always helps. In case you are going out for a long period, your spouse, house help or mother can feed the child.
Stool softeners: Yes, you need them as you don't want to suffer from constipation postpartum. If you end up having constipation, it is going to be hard on your C-section scar or even the episiotomy. So, keep them handy in case, you find it difficult to clean your system on your own.
Old plastic bottles: Make holes in the lid of these bottles and fill the bottle with cold water. Use it as a spray to heal the perineum area to soothe episiotomy scar or the haemorrhoids. You can thank me later for this trick.
Dry fruits: Yup, you need to munch on something healthy and keep hunger pangs at bay, so you don’t end up eating junk. If you don’t realise why you need this snack, let me tell you, your meal times are going to go for a toss for months post delivery!