First off, congrats! If you’re pregnant, thinking about getting pregnant, or just had a baby- give yourself a pat on the back! It’s a life changing decision to have baby, and a lot of hard work! I hope I can help someone in the slightest by sharing some of my favorite products and giving some advice that helped me out with my kids.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, midwife, or pediatrician. These are just some ideas to help out other mamas, some products that worked for me, and advice. I just want to spread the mama love. I know everyone has different experiences with their pregnancies, labors, and deliveries. I’m basing this off of two natural child births with little or no tearing, breastfeeding, eating a vegetarian diet, and staying active.
There are a lot of really great products designed specifically for use before, during, and after pregnancy. Earth Mama Angel Baby makes some of my favorite products to use postpartum. Everything is certified organic with zero toxins and clinically tested.
This balm was literally my savior after having Luna. I’m going to be really honest and say that pregnancy and giving birth can give you hemorrhoids, and they are terrible! It’s bad enough that you’re extremely sore from pushing out a baby, but then your bum hurts, too! This balm has an organic olive oil base with soothing herbs like witch hazel and calendula. I would recommend this to anyone! They even suggest keeping it in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect.
Earth Mama Angel Baby also makes a bottom spray. This is good if you’re really sore and need a cooling spray for all over down there. I would suggest using this if you had any stitches and also for hemorrhoids. The spray contains witch hazel just like the balm, and the product suggests using it as a facial toner after you’re completely healed from giving birth!
If you’re new to breastfeeding, then it can hurt! They say your baby isn’t latching properly if it hurts, but my first baby just had a really strong latch and my nipples were extremely sore! It took my body a while to get used to breastfeeding, so nipple cream was a must to soothe and relieve any pain and soreness. Earth Mama Angel Baby’s natural nipple butter is lanolin-free and also has an organic olive oil base. It’s gentle and effective, and a little bit goes a long way.
I used a belly balm for most of my pregnancy to help with the itchiness of stretched skin! Biggs & Featherbelle make the best belly balm because it’s ultra hydrating from four different butters (cocoa, shea, almond and kokum butter) and three different oils. Plus, it smells delicious! Every time I used it Luna would tell me that I smelled like candy from the lavender and tangerine essential oils.
I don’t like to use lotion all over my body. I have really dry, sensitive skin and I’ve found over the years that using coconut oil as my “lotion” is the best for my skin. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Whole Kernel Virgin Coconut Oil is my favorite. It smells like you’re on a tropical island and makes your skin feel baby smooth! It’s also great for cooking, so if the price scares you then you know it can be used in different ways!
Along with using great products, I also recommend staying hydrated! Drinking enough water could honestly make or break my day. I can feel the difference almost immediately when I’m dehydrated or have gone too long without water. Invest in a refillable water jug and go to your local health food store to fill up on water. MOM’s Organic Market has triple filtered water for 39 cents a gallon, with the first gallon always being free! Whole Foods does something similar. I just refill my water bottle throughout the day from our 2 gallon jug at home.
Stay active! I suggest staying active through your entire pregnancy, even if you only have enough time to walk for 10 minutes a day. It will help with labor and delivery and make your recovery from giving birth faster. My midwife also suggested that I try to get in some daily exercise postpartum. As little as 8 minutes of exercise a day can impact your mood and help you decompress, because let’s be honest, taking are of a newborn is tiring and stressful! Make sure you check in with your doctor or midwife before you start exercising.
Take 5 minutes for yourself. If you have a partner at home, a friend or a family member that can help you out, let them! It’s hard to not feel guilty about taking time for yourself and being away from your baby, but you’ll both benefit from it. Read a book, do some yoga, relax in bed, take a long shower, paint your nails, whatever you need to do to relax for a little bit will make you a happier mama!
Eat a balanced diet. I have been a vegetarian for over ten years, and making sure that I’m eating a balanced diet is always a priority. It’s especially difficult when you’re breastfeeding a newborn and there seems to never be enough time in the day, but see if you can make meals ahead of time and freeze them or order in if it’s easier. I’m not perfect and there are days where I know I should’ve eaten more or differently, but I’m definitely trying my best to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein to make sure my body is nourished and my milk supply stays up.
Sleep when you can. If you can nap while your baby naps, you’ll feel a lot better for it. It’s almost impossible for me to nap during the day because I also had a four year old to take care of, but I wish I could! Don’t beat yourself up if your house looks a little messy or you can’t get to everything you wanted to that day. Now is the time to enjoy your baby- they won’t stay a cute newborn for long!
I hope some of this information helps and let me know if you’ve used any of these products or the products that you love using.