- this part of postpartum sucks and not many people talk about it, but it's completely normal to wake up in the middle of the night covered in sweat. You can thank your lovely hormones for that one! You will want to have a couple extra pairs of pj's as you will go through them quite quickly.
- I'm talking the pads that bring you back to your "I just got my period" days. I had only bought the large/super ones, but I found that I only needed those for a week or so and wanted something not so large for during the day. Stock up before hand or ask your husband to buy them for you :)
- between the pain of delivering a child vaginally, your hormones and the other aches that come from having a child, you will want to have lots of pain killers on hand. I found that Advil worked the best for chills/fever. And stay on top of taking them!
- this isn't something that you can buy, but if a friend/family member, etc offer to help you, take it! Even if they are doing a couple loads of laundry or walking your dog, every little bit helps. I couldn't have done it without my mom, my MIL and Mr.D.
- I am talking about the kind that you can either freeze or heat up in the microwave and will bend when frozen. I found these super helpful when my milk came in as I would heat one up before I pumped and then put a frozen one on my breasts after I pumped to help with the pain. Those first couple of days when your milk comes in are no fun at all and these definitely helped!
Disposable breast pads
- after my milk came in, I found that I was leaking a lot when feeding Amelia on one side or between feeds due to a large milk supply. These definitely saved my bras and shirts!
Tell me: what helped you during the first few weeks after child birth?