I’m not sponsored but here are some of my favorite things that have helped me over the last 6 weeks.
Labor and Delivery Gown – I wore one to the hospital but then ended up changing into the hospital gown. If I could replay, I would have definitely kept on my own gown. The front and back access would have allowed better access for the nurses to keep checking my incision in those first 12 hours. I shoulder snaps would allowed easier skin to skin and breastfeeding during those first 12 hours as well. BUT I learned fast and I have lived in my gowns since! I thought I would be in nursing pjs but turns out the functionality of my L&D gowns have been superior to nursing dresses, shirts or pjs. They are even a huge help when I’m on a work video call and still need to breastfeed or pump. My favorite has been the Motherhood Maternity 3 in 1 Labor, Delivery And Nursing Gown for ALL the reasons that they list in their description below.
Back and front snaps allow easy access for fetal monitors and an epidural. Snap the gown back up for coverage and comfort. Waist side slits allow for I.V. Access, while shoulder snaps will give immediate skin-to-skin contact and simple nursing access. This gown is great for maternity wear as well as post-pregnancy and nursing.Motherhood Maternity 3 in 1 Labor, Delivery and Nursing Gown
Nursing bras – I really like the Full Coverage Seamless Nursing & Maternity Bra (D+ Cup Sizes) from Motherhood Maternity. It’s soft and stretchy but supportive enough to partially hold the girls up these days. However, since I’m pumping a lot, I’m pretty much living and sleeping in the Lupantte Hands Free Pumping Bra, Breast Pump Bra, Adjustable Breastfeeding Nursing Bra for Holding Breast Pumps that I found on Amazon. It is great for me because I can snap it down to breastfeed, AND it has the slits in the front to allow me to slide the pump flanges in for hands free pumping (which I’m doing right now as I type with both hands 😍🤪).
Compression socks – That post c-section swelling was no joke, but thankfully I had these socks from Amazon on hand because I also used them for long car rides during pregnancy: Wide Calf Compression Socks for Women & Men Large Size Circulation 15-20 mmHg. These socks helped to decrease my swelling from the IV fluids, but also the swelling from postpartum hives.
Belly Wrap – That hospital was trash 🗑. My workout waist trimmer wrap thingy worked better than that thing they gave me! But then I found this other wrap on Amazon and I like it more: 2 in 1 Postpartum Belly Wrap Waist/Pelvis Belt C-Section Natural Birth Back Support Girdle Postpartum Recovery Belt. The wrap helps support my back but I like how I can angle it down in the front to support my loose tummy skin and pull it up a little more in the back so it doesn’t roll up over my booty.
These have been a few of my favorite postpartum things. There are other things that some people have found really helpful that didn’t really work for me. For instance, I’ve tried 3 different nursing pillows but haven’t really liked any of them. We’re still trying to figure out the right bottle warmer for the way I want to use it. Thankfully we didn’t get one of those Boppy newborn loungers that are currently being recalled (although I found one on Amazon that works the way I want it to).
I read about so many products and have watched various videos on what I should or shouldn’t buy. My list is just here to help you think about what might be useful to you, especially if you have a c-section.