Postpartum Realness + New Mama Necessities

8.19.2016

Let me preface this post by stating the obvious:
Being pregnant is hard, labor is hard, giving birth is hard... postpartum life is HARD.

In comparison to a lot of other women, I had a relatively "easy" delivery (if you can even say labor is remotely easy!). However, there was one tiny detail I never considered about giving birth... how you feel afterward. Now don't get me wrong, I was in a state of bliss with my new little babe and my sense of pride for having gone through labor and surviving, however, I had no idea what to expect with postpartum life. I had read all the books (literally like 12 of them), talked to fellow moms, read countless articles and combed the depths of Pinterest for what I would need postpartum. And each one stated predominately the same thing that your nether-regions would feel like world war 3 & that you'd be a human milk machine. Surely this could not be the case?


Um, why yes, yes it is.

During the process of delivering Ryker, I tore. Fairly significantly since my midwife said, and I quote, "I had to sew you up anatomically correct, so don't open your legs for 2 weeks." Yikes. But I was still numb from the epidural so I couldn't feel anything... yet. So after you're put back together (in my case anyway) they wheel you to your recovery room where you are forced to pee in front of a nurse to make sure you can, in fact, still do so. Did I also mention that you are still pregnant? No of course there is no baby in there, that's why you look like Frankenstein down there, but your belly still believes you're pregnant. Yup, you have this big ol' saggy belly. Anywho, once the epidural wore off I immediately felt the difference. I was so incredibly uncomfortable, down there.

I had to be given motrin round the clock in order to keep the pain at bay. Once we came home I knew things were going to be a lot more difficult than I had expected. I literally couldn't get into bed or out of bed because it was so painful. I don't even want to remember how insanely difficult going to the bathroom was those first few weeks. Yes, WEEKS! Honestly, it would take me like 10 minutes to successfully go pee and leave the bathroom. Usually while my baby cried because he was hungry and my boobs leaked. All the while, completely sleep deprived.


Ahhh yes, postpartum life. Isn't it glamorous? Doesn't it make you want to have more children?

No & no no no no no.

But then I look at my sweet little boy and I know that it was all worth it and yes, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I'm just keeping it real for all you fellow mamas out there or future mamas to be! So the point of this post is to share some necessities to have around to make those first few weeks just a little bit more bearable.

Etsy "Mommin Ain't Easy" Cup

I wish I had gotten a comfortable robe to wear not only in the hospital but also to wear at home those first couple weeks with the convenience for breastfeeding. Also while breastfeeding, I was so incredibly thirsty that I needed a huge tumbler of water with me at all times, so this cute mason jar tumbler would be perfect to keep you hydrated while feeding your little one. Nipple balm, because someone is sucking on your nipples 90% of the day, 'nuff said! The essential oils are definitely things I wish I had utilized more often those first couple of weeks home with Ryker. Gentle Baby essential oil is formulated specifically for little babies & mamas to promote feelings of calm & joyfulness so it is definitely something I have in my arsenal now but wish I had it in the beginning too! The Halo Bassinest is honestly a lifesaver for postpartum mamas that are breastfeeding. It was so hard for me to get in and out of bed so being able to have him in this right next to me made it so much simpler for me to grab him in the middle of the night to feed. Plus, it has a nursing timer, plays lullabies and vibrates to soothe your babe! These are all just some essentials I loved and utilized in the beginning or wish I had with me, but most importantly as a new mama: find what works for you!

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