Did you know that you can be happy, healthy, and, dare we say, comfy during postpartum recovery? Pumps for Mom knows that you’re ready to get back on your feet after childbirth. With the following tips and compression products, moms can enjoy a faster way to heal after giving birth without breaking the bank.
1. Use Postpartum Recovery Garments
Our postpartum recovery garments offer more than just basic compression. Ease your recovery with products specifically made to help moms heal.
Our Products, Designed for Your Unique Experience
You may wonder what is the point of postpartum compression? The simple answer is that new moms need to heal! Giving birth is like experiencing an injury that needs the right support to get better. Compression garments promote postpartum recovery by providing a comfortable way to regain strength. Gentle compression helps reduce pain and swelling for improved mobility so you can reclaim your body in a healthy way.
Our Products for Postpartum Recovery
There are several essential questions to ask when considering postpartum compression garments, including:
- Is it made for a vaginal birth or C-Section recovery?
- Does it support the tummy, hips, waist, and lower back?
- Will the crotch design help with leakage?
- Is the material comfortable?
- Will the garment reduce pain, bloating, and swelling?
Our compression products are made to help moms heal. The Angelica Postpartum Recovery Garment is specifically designed to help after vaginal birth and meet your needs for comfort and support. A similar product, the Sienna C-Section Recovery Garment, is made specially for C-Section recovery. It has the benefits of a regular compression garment with added protection and support for the incision.
2. Prepare for Postpartum Recovery During Pregnancy
Taking time during pregnancy to get ahead of postpartum struggles will help moms focus on the recovery process. We know you have to prepare for many pressing matters, like a newborn baby, but there are a few simple things you can do to be ready.
Get Your House in Order
Preparing your home to be clean and cozy will give you one less task to worry about after giving birth. In addition to getting the nursery together and baby-proofing, you need to focus on a few things for yourself, too. Meal prep and freeze food or have a plan in place with a partner about who will order takeout or cook. Do as much as you can so that you don’t have to worry about chores for at least the first month of recovery.
If you already have children, pets, or other dependents, set them up with a schedule, caretaker, or whatever else they need that will involve minimal input from you later on.
Make a Self-Care Kit
We dive deep into self-care later in the article, but moms can prepare a self-care kit during pregnancy that will be waiting for them during postpartum recovery. A few items that can be lifesavers for new moms may include:
- Sitz bath soaks
- Perineal spray
- Maxi pads
- Weighted blanket
- Soft robe
- Medications you need
- Any of the compression items listed in this blog
Get these items together beforehand so that you don’t have to go shopping or wait for delivery during your postpartum recovery.
Looking for another great way to prepare for motherhood and an excuse for a spa day? Go ahead and self-pamper during pregnancy to ensure that you’ll be as refreshed as possible when recovering.
Relax with Our Maternity Compression Products
Try our maternity compression garments to help yourself relax and unwind while preparing for postpartum recovery. The Motherload Maternity Support Band is for expectant moms on the go who need to reduce sciatica and abdominal, hip, and back pain. Our Capa Compression Socks are also for active moms who need to relieve tired legs and reduce swelling. These products can help moms feel their best during pregnancy and start postpartum recovery the right way.
3. Maximize Postpartum Recovery with Self-Care
Compression garments aren’t the only way to speed up postpartum recovery. While you’re busy taking care of your newborn, it’s also necessary to take care of yourself.
Don’t Overdo It
We know it is easier said than done, but you need to get as much rest as possible in the first few weeks after giving birth. Use your community—your partner, parents, or friends—to help when you need to sleep. Don’t strain yourself with exercise either; wait for at least six weeks before strenuously working out, and, even then, talk with a doctor first.
Eating and drinking well are also important. Remember that it takes the right nutrients to recover, and certain foods for breastfeeding can help moms feel their best and boost milk supply. Your body will recover soon, but it will take longer if you don’t give it a well-deserved break.
Discomfort is (Unfortunately) Normal
Pregnancy has its moments of beauty, and its not so glamorous times, and postpartum recovery is no different. Most moms experience at least one of the following while in postpartum recovery:
- Urinary incontinence
- Bowel issues
- Hair loss
You might be nauseous just from reading that list, but remember that the above symptoms are normal and can be treated. Ice packs and warm baths are your new best friends, and you can ask your doctor about medications like laxatives and painkillers.
Urinary incontinence is one of the most common postpartum problems. Pelvic floor exercises like kegels will help tighten those muscles. As for leakage, stick to sanitary pads and avoid tampons, which can lead to increased discomfort or infection.
Expect Hormonal Changes
It is also very common for new moms to experience some sadness or anxiety during the postpartum period. It makes sense; your child lived in you, protected, for nine months, and now they are out in the world. Beyond typical emotions of fear and worry, hormonal levels can lead to stronger feelings like postpartum depression.
If the feeling of sadness is overwhelming or persists beyond a few weeks, seek help for postpartum depression and know that you are not alone.
Regardless of your physical and mental symptoms, remember it’s okay not to be feeling the best. It’s also okay to feel great—don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for not feeling a certain way. Your body just created a human, and that’s pretty awesome! Postpartum recovery is different for everyone, so whatever you are feeling about your new world is valid.
Qualify for Postpartum Recovery Garments and More through Insurance
Good news: you may be able to get compression garments through insurance with help from Pumps for Mom. Prepare for your postpartum recovery without stressing about hidden fees and take advantage of the medical benefits of insurance-covered postpartum compression products. Pumps for Mom is here for you as you begin your motherhood journey; work with our maternity product specialists to qualify and shop compression products for postpartum recovery now.