Most families spend time preparing for labor and birth. But what happens when the dust settles, and you are home with your new baby? All the attention is usually given to the baby, but there is still a great deal of healing that needs to take place for the mother.
Sitz baths are an easy way to give your body some time to heal and relax. You can buy one at a local drugstore or online, and the best part is that they are very affordable. Some people mix in herbal remedies in the water for an extra boost of healing.
Padsicles are a wonderful, wonderful thing. You can Youtube how to make them and the only thing you’ll need to buy are a pack of maxi pads and some witch hazel. After birth, you can take one out of the freezer and put it on. Once it is no longer cold, remove it immediately. Lots of new moms rave about this and it takes very little preparation!
Keep your feet up. Rest. It is really easy to overdo it in the immediate postpartum period after birth. You may notice swelling in your legs or ankles so keeping your feet elevated will alleviate this. Try and limit your time out of bed and don’t be afraid to ask a family member or close friend for help if you need it.