Although birth is unpredictable (no matter how well informed and seemingly “prepared” you are), there are a few things, besides the basics (baby clothes, diapers, bath thermometer, bottles and so on), that you can put together in case you need them after the baby’s arrival.
List of Useful Things for the Mother
Abdominal belt or Bengkung belly bind
These are great to keep new mothers warm, help the abdominal muscles and organs back into optimal place, and give your lower back an extra support. Check out videos online to learn how to wrap your belly.
To express milk regularly (and maintain a constant supply) or in case you have an oversupply. Here in Switzerland you can rent them at the pharmacy and return them when you have weaned your baby.
Make it as practical as possible.
A wonderful way to keep your spine upright, soothe your neck and shoulders and relax during breastfeeding.
Haemorrhoids after childbirth are common and painful. Keep a cream handy just in case.
Always consult with your doctor beforehand how much and how often to take.
Lanolin (for sore or cracked nipples)
Apply just after breastfeeding your baby and wipe off with a towel before breastfeeding again.
Nettle (Urtica dioica) is rich in iron and a natural remedy for anaemia.
To prevent lactating breasts from staining your clothes.
For the first few weeks after delivery, during which the uterus will pass blood called lochia.
To clean wounds and help the pelvic floor heal.
The first visit to the toilet after childbirth (even if you’ve had a caesarean section) can be challenging. Keep it in your medicine cabinet to help things go smoothly.
Recommended reading: The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson. Check her podcast and website.
***Always consult with a medical professional (doctor and/or midwife) before trying anything new***