I was utterly underprepared for my first birth, which started with my water breaking, followed by 28 hours of labor (2 pushing) and ultimately an emergency c section when Teddy went sunny side up and meconium was detected. I was offered pain meds, inflammatory foods and sugary drinks following his birth in the hospital (which is fairly standard). Even the natural birthing classes I took at my yoga studio didn't really cover post partum care past getting the baby out, feeding the baby and sleep schedules for baby.
This time around I'm going in with a bagful of items to support healing after a lot of research.
I'm not a doctor, check with your's and do what's right for YOUR body mama!
Here's a list of my must-haves:
Diffuser + calming oils
- I'm using my Desert Mist (tip: eave the decorative cover at home for easy transport!)
- Calming oils to diffuse before, during, after labor: Gentle Baby, Peace + Calming or Valor
Seedlings Baby Oil + Shampoo
Oils for mood support + cramping + milk production:
Placenta Encapsulation Kit
Milkful Nursing Bars
Vital Proteins Beef Liver
Cozy clothes, warm socks, headphones + toiletries for mom
Nursing shields + organic nipple pads
Swaddles + infant gowns for baby