I’ll begin by saying both sets of parents have been so supportive but my husband and my mum in particular were with me every step through my labour and those early weeks after the arrival of our little man. They are my true saviours. I’ll forever be grateful.
The postnatal period considered to be the fourth stage of labour is a subject often neglected in my opinion as so much focus is placed on having a healthy pregnancy and learning about the growing bean’s development that there isn’t much time to think about what will help you the moment you become a mother and getting your body back to full strength. I had a natural delivery but the combined effects of an epidural, forceps, legs in stirrups, episiotomy and 37 hours did take its toll on my pint sized body. I also did a mean impression of John Wayne’s cowboy walk (if you don’t know who John Wayne is then google it and random fact of the day John Wayne weighed 13lbs at birth…ouch)
It really was a strange paradox of feeling totally overjoyed and in awe at what my body had just done in GROWING A HUMAN to feeling physical pain beyond exhaustion. I did however use a number of items to help me through life after birth and was somehow back to my pre pregnancy weight in 7 days not really sure how that happened but I had only put on 21 pounds in the whole pregnancy.
ZITA WEST REVITAL ESSENCE AND VITAL DHA
I used the Revital Essence and Vital DHA from the Zita West supplements range. I’m a huge fan of these vitamins. They helped support my daily nutritional needs especially as I was breast-feeding. My mum kept saying “eat plenty of roughage “ and so I did my best but there were days I really felt awful and couldn’t eat too much. I think taking a supplement definitely made a difference. It’s now six months post partum and I am currently trying the Pregnacare new mum vitamins from Vitabiotics (as shown by my lovely assistant below) which I’ve been impressed with so far.
I had never tried Arnica and had a never heard of the word Pillules. I read that it might help with healing bruising. It’s a homeopathic medicinal product and the pillules can be chewed or placed under the tongue. The Pillules are like tiny balls that don’t really taste of anything. I gave them a try and did notice a difference.
HOT WATER BOTTLE
Simply comforting. Need I say more.
Three twenty minute sitz baths every day definitely helped relieve discomfort. Warm water increased blood flow to the area which was ridiculously sore. If you don’t have a sitz bath fill the bathtub with a couple of inches of warm water and sit in it. Getting into the bath tub was quite a task in itself.
PARACETAMOL AND IBUPROFEN
Paracetamol and ibuprofen helped reduce swelling and although safe to take whilst breastfeeding I noted down the times I was taking these so that I wouldn’t forget. Always better to check with your GP if other medication is being taken.
The appearance of the cushion has the comedy effect for sure but this definitely helped ease the discomfort especially if you’ve have bruising to the tail bone region like I did and stitches.
LIZ EARLE CLEANSE & POLISH HOT CLOTH CLEANSER
Love Love Love this cleanser.! This forms part of my daily facial routine twice a day and its award winning reputation is rightly deserved. It leaves the skin soft and clean using the muslin cloth to remove dead skin cells revealing radiant skin. If works really well even on stubborn makeup and contains eucalyptus and cocoa butter caring for sensitive skin like mine. I would be at a loss if this product was ever discontinued. Liz Earle you are a Legend!
LANSINOH HPA LANOLIN NIPPLE CREAM
I’d contemplated using vaseline to help soothe any soreness but after reading so many positive reviews on this cream I decided to purchase in advance and I wasn’t disappointed. It helped keep mastitis at bay thank goodness and worth using if you do decide to breast feed.
SOAP & GLORY FOR DAILY YOUTH 6-IN-1 SUPERBOOST MOISTURE LOTION
I bought this on a whim and really glad I did as I have sensitive skin and it’s a great perfect base for foundation. Skin looks dewy and you don’t need to use much. It has a peachy scent to it and has something called Go Juice extract?? After the sleepless nights its good to keep your skin hydrated. I didn’t wear much make up in the early weeks after having Jay but I wanted to keep my face looking as fresh as possible and this gave me the lift I needed.
GIVENCY ROUGE INTERDIT SATIN LIPSTICK IN SECRET PINK
This is my NUMBER ONE lipstick. It’s incredibly moisturising and long wearing. I love its beautifully designed case although I didn’t buy it because of that! I wear it all year round even though it’s quite a summery shade in my view. I love makeup but struggled to paint my little face except when we had visitors coming to meet Jay. This lipstick helps make me look a lot less tired. I sometimes rub a bit on the cheeks too!
I love the stuff! It’s essential for replacing electrolytes lost during childbirth and staying hydrated to reduce the burning sensation when you have to go. I would try and drink a glass of water each time Jay would feed and having had an episiotomy I desperately wanted to avoid constipation. I don’t know about you but I was petrified making that first trip to the ladies room after giving birth!
If you are currently pregnant I hope this post can help in some way and if you’ve a new muma I wish you a speedy recovery.
Please remember to make the time to look after yourself and let others help you.