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How to Prepare for Postpartum Recovery

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postpartum recovery checklist

Not to be Captain Obvious, but birthing babies is hard.  And no matter how you do it, it hurts.  And it takes some time to recover.

My sweet husband put together a recovery kit for me for after  I had given birth to our second son. Our first son was an emergency c-section and was our first baby so we really had no idea what recovery was like.  The second time around my husband did some research online and made the kit for me. And it helped so so much!

Here’s what I would recommend if you’re putting together a kit for yourself or as a gift.  There are many new health challenges after having a baby and it’s best to be prepared and not have to run out to the store to get something when you’re trying to rest and recover.

This list is all about helping you to recover so I’m not including other stuff you’ll need for the baby or nursing… this list is about you!  I made it a printable so that you can print it out and check things off as you get them.

postpartum recovery checklist

Get your Postpartum Recovery Checklist here.

preparation h

One super important item on the list that I want to highlight is Preparation H® Medicated Wipes. Unfortunately hemorrhoids are common after having a baby.  Hemorrhoids are really uncomfortable and Preparation H® Medicated Wipes provide effective hemorrhoid relief.  They are convenient to use and soothe as they clean. For effective relief, add Medicated Wipes to your regimen to cool, soothe and cleanse before you treat.*

preparation h wipes

Preparation H® also makes Medicated Wipes for Women. Pregnancy can cause hemorrhoids in 1 out of 3 women, so be ready for the unexpected and put Preparation H® Medicated Wipes for Women in your hospital “go” bag to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms following childbirth.*


Preparation H® Medicated Wipes for Women are the first and only women’s hemorrhoid wipes infused with chamomile, aloe and refreshing cucumber, plus a soothing medication that cools on contact.*

I recently picked up some Preparation H® Medicated Wipes at Walmart.  I love the convenience of being able to pick up such a variety of things I need in one trip while knowing that I’m getting a good value.


Learn more about Preparation H® Medicated Wipes or purchase them from Walmart.

Experienced mamas, do you have anything that you’d add to this list to help new mamas prepare to take case of themselves in the postpartum period?

*Use as directed.

Lori Pace

Friday 4th of November 2016

What a great list! I will have to add these to my bag for my expecting friends! (client)


Friday 4th of November 2016

They are so helpful!

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