Welcome, to the postpartum “fourth trimester,” a beautiful world of hormones, adult diapers, and nipple creams—oh, and one darling tiny human with the sweetest breath you’ve ever smelled. It is the best of times, it is the hardest of times. Having been through the fog of new motherhood ourselves, here are seven postpartum essentials to expedite your recovery and ease your journey into motherhood.
Postpartum is a blurry-eyed cocoon of neck nuzzling, spilled milk, sleeplessness and learning. And while we like to think we will have time to get dressed and ready in the whirlwind, pajamas are often the reality. To upgrade your comfort, invest in a cozy new robe, slippers to slink around in, and fresh pajamas with breastfeeding access, if applicable. We’re big fans of anything that will make your at-home look feel more luxurious as you’re giving so much of yourself in a new role.
Things may be a little dicey down there after a vaginal birth. Yes, it’s all natural and your body knows how to heal itself, but we are also fans of any product that can aid in recovery and decrease discomfort. Some favorites include Frida Mom’s Instant Ice Maxi Pads ($20) (which are both cooling and absorbent, genius); Lola Pads ($8); a peri bottle; and a healing witch hazel spray.
If you’re recovering from a c-section, consider high-waisted postpartum underwear that won’t rub your incision.
The soothing steam of a sitz bath is a great way to expedite healing and grant yourself relief in the days immediately following your delivery. Plus, it’s nice to steal away for 15 minutes of solo decompressing time. You can find countless options online and this Earth Mama Organic Herbal Sitz Bath ($10)is one of our favorites.
You might have been told to continue taking your prenatals after giving birth, but the truth is your nutritional needs shift postpartum. Our Perelel Mom Multi Support Pack ($48) was formulated by a panel of leading obstetricians and maternal-fetal medicine doctors to support you from postpartum and beyond throughout motherhood. Every ingredient is backed by research and targeted to your exact needs. It contains an Omega DHA+EPA to help combat postpartum anxiety and depression and our much-loved Beauty Blend with added collagen to help rebuild skin tissue and fight postpartum hair loss.
If you choose to breastfeed, your nipples may need special T.L.C. as you and your baby find your feeding groove. Always keep your breasts clean and dry after feedings and if you find yourself dealing with cracked or sore nipples, we recommend Silverette Nursing Cups and Motherlove Nipple Cream ($11).
There is no time you will appreciate your bedside more than when you’re spending many hours per day in bed with a tiny human. Suddenly, it is the keeper of all things—vitamins, water bottles, snacks, hair ties, socks and pumping parts. One of the most vital items of all is a giant water bottle with a straw. If you’ve ever spilled ice water on a newborn in the dead of night, you’ll get why the straw and lid are essential (woops). This Yeti keeps your water ice cold and this sleek option comes in every color you can imagine.
And lastly, the most important essential of all: postpartum support. Whether it's the comfort of mom friends to text with granular dilemmas; a lactation consultant to ring with questions; family to pitch in with childcare so you can take a breather; or a night nurse to grant you space for sleep, only you can advocate for exactly what you need to survive—and later thrive, we promise--in your new role.
By Jessica Lopez. Jessica Lopez is a freelance writer, digital content creator, and new mother. She has covered all lifestyle topics ranging from bridal to beauty for publications including Brides Magazine, Byrdie, THE/THIRTY, and more. Walking wide-eyed into motherhood has inspired her to connect with other parents through her writing and shared experience. You can follow more of her journey @Jessica.H.Lopez.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and we recommend that you always consult with your healthcare provider. To the extent that this article features the advice of physicians or medical practitioners, the views expressed are the views of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the views of Perelel.