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Moms have a lot of recovering to do after delivery. Thankfully, there are products to help you manage the pain, swelling, and bleeding – and you'll receive most of them at the hospital or birth center.
Sarah Bernard is BabyCenter's Pop Culture & Lifestyle contributor. She covers parenting, health, fitness, fashion, and trends of all kinds. She lives in New York City with her husband and twin girls.
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Sarah Bernard: So everyone's paying attention to the baby, but you have some serious recovering to do, and you're going to find all sorts of crazy things at the hospital or the birth center to help you do it.
Yeah, it looks like it kind of time traveled here from the 1950s. It's an industrial-strength, supersoft pad. You are actually going to bleed for several days after you have your baby. You're going to need something massive like this to help you out. It's not the chicest, but it gets the job done.
And to keep that in place, a pair of these very cool mesh underpants. They almost look like cute little boy shorts. They're really elastic, but they're very soft, they're flexible. You don't want to deal with anything pinching anywhere. A friend told me, when you get to the hospital, make sure you leave with as many of those as possible.
This miracle invention is a combination of a pad and an ice pack, all in one. You can fit it actually under the mesh underwear. Again, thank you, mesh underwear. In the first 12 to 24 hours after you have a baby, you can use it every three hours, especially if you had a vaginal birth and you have a lot of tearing and stretching and soreness, it's going to be your best friend.
This is a squirt bottle, also known as a peri bottle, and you are going to use this before you pee, while you pee, and after you pee. You're going to fill it with warm water, and you're going to squirt it on yourself to dilute your urine, so it doesn't totally sting your raw skin. In fact, you're going to use this anytime, anywhere you would use toilet paper. Because the nice, soothing warm water is going to feel really nice, and the toilet paper is going to feel like sandpaper.
This lovely thing is called a sitz bath, and it's kind of like having a mini bathtub right on top of your toilet. You can essentially get a nice soak without taking off your clothes or without even having to climb into the bathtub, which can be really tough when you've had a c-section especially. You can also add a little bit of witch hazel to the water, which really helps reduce swelling.
Sometimes even sitting is incredibly painful, especially if you've had an episiotomy or if you have hemorrhoids. So this is what you need. It's an inflatable cushion ring. You can customize the firmness. It is a lifesaver, and it kind of looks like a lifesaver.