Wondering how to heal naturally after having a baby? You can have a natural postpartum recovery with these tips!

Essentials for Natural Postpartum Recovery

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Are you wondering how to recover naturally after childbirth? Learn what to stock up on before baby arrives so that you can recover from childbirth faster. These are essential items that after recovering from childbirth 4 times, I would not have a baby without! Get these essentials for your natural postpartum recovery.

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So what do you need after you have a baby? Let’s talk about the realities of postpartum for a minute.

What No One Told Me About Postpartum Recovery

No matter how you give birth, there will be afterbirth pains and blood. NO ONE told me this when I had my first baby! Even the books I read glossed over this. You will feel sore and like you have been through battle.

Recovery from childbirth takes a minimum of 6 weeks, but the body continues to heal from childbirth for months after.

After you have your baby there are a few things you can expect. Honestly, the first time I was totally blindsided by these things. I felt like nobody told me it was going to be so tough managing a newborn and recovering physically from birth.

Even though I got LOTS of advice from well meaning relatives and friends…it seems like everyone left out the nitty gritty details of what you experience after you have a baby.

My first baby was born over 10 years ago, so there was not nearly the amount of information that there is today. It’s funny to think how we found out anything about pregnancy, labor and postpartum without Google, Pinterest and Smartphones!

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A Few Things You Can Expect Postpartum

This is a short list, but many of these I feel like I didn’t realize before I had a baby.

Afterbirth pains –

Kinda like contractions, afterbirth pains can be somewhat intense in the first day or two postpartum. I actually thought afterbirth pains, especially while breastfeeding, were more painful at times than labor contractions.

All the blood –

There is a lot of blood when you give birth (no matter how you give birth). It continues for up to 6 weeks starting heavy and then tapering off to light spotting. This really surprised me. It’s like having the longest period ever.

Pain down there –

Varying degrees depending on how your birth went. It will make going to the bathroom uncomfortable for a least a few days, if not a little longer, so be prepared.

Constipation –

Trouble going to the bath after birth is pretty common but can be remedied pretty easily (most of the time).

The Hormones –

The hormonal swings of postpartum can be wild, but are totally normal. One minute you may feel like superwoman and the next like an exhausted hot mess. Tears will flow more easily and out burst may be more likely. Yea it can be like PMS on overdrive.

The good thing is there are ways to manage all these things! It’s about awareness (partly what you are doing now), preparation and grace (being kind and gentle with yourself).

So let’s get into how to manage pain after birth and naturally recover postpartum!

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So what do you need for natural postpartum recovery?

Whether you are having a hospital birth, birth center or homebirth, after you deliver your baby, you will do the majority of your recovery at home. It’s important to get everything you need ahead of time, so that once you return home with baby you are not constantly scrambling to respond to unexpected needs.

Having midwife care in home, or a postpartum doula, or family/friend assistance can make a huge difference in the first few weeks postpartum! Get help lined up now so that you can really focus on rest and recovery after having your baby.

The majority of postpartum stress, in my opinion, comes from being unprepared and having to come up with solutions to new challenges under duress (think little sleep and a hungry, crying baby and nothing for you to eat, no ma’am we don’t want that).

The good thing is that if you prepare now, postpartum can be way easier and dare I say even blissful.

Here is a short list of things to have on hand for natural postpartum recovery and healing!

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Natural Postpartum Pain Relief

Natural ways to ease the pain after having a baby!

Arnica tabs –

These little homeopathic pills actually do a great job of managing the pain after birth. And the great thing is they are all natural and safe for breastfeeding and baby. While I was initially skeptical of these sugar looking pills, I noticed a definite relief after taking them. This can be a good alternative to prescription pain relief when combined with the natural healing methods below.

 

Herbal tea –

Both red raspberry leaf tea and nettle tea are good to drink in the first weeks postpartum. Multiple cups a day will help nourish your body, help your milk supply come in and reduce the cramping of afterbirth pains.

Related: 5 Herbal Teas You Should Be Drinking During Pregnancy (and Postpartum)

Harness the power of herbal tea during pregnancy and postpartum! Nourishing your pregnant body is a top priority. Drinking tea is an easy way to boost nutrients so you can grow a healthy baby. During the postpartum period, herbal tea can provide nourishment for the body to heal.

Comfrey –

This amazing herb is great for natural postpartum pain relief. While there is some controversy over drinking it, external use is considered safe. Make a strong infusion using 1 oz of comfrey leaf (not root!) in 32 oz of boiling water. Steep for 30 minutes or more, then pour into a hot bath and soak to relieve pain.

Use comfrey leaf to make an herbal sitz bath. A sitz bath is any combination of herbs, essential oil and epsom salt (see below!) mixed in the bath to facilitate healing.

Some of the best herbs for sitz bath:

Seriously this is one of the best ways to relieve pain naturally after birth!

Epsom salt –

Epsom salt is good for relieving aching muscles and for supplying extra boost of magnesium. Taking long soaks in an epsom salt bath can also reduce high blood pressure. If you are feeling super stressed or anxious in the days postpartum try adding 1-2 cups of Epsom salt to your bath.

Stress Relief Postpartum

Natural stress relief for the first few weeks postpartum!

Lavender essential oil –

The calming effect of lavender essential oil is amazing. Add to your bath, sprinkle on your bed sheets or put in a diffuser to ease tension and stress.

Chamomile tea –

A natural way to relax and get some sleep if you are feeling anxious. Dried chamomile flowers can be used for tea or to make a sitz bath!

Going to the Bathroom Postpartum

Three things to make going to the bathroom easier postpartum!

Natural constipation relief postpartum-

Flax seeds are a natural way to relieve the constipation that many women experience the first few days after birth. Try this before you try stool softeners for postpartum constipation!

1 tbsp of flax seeds + 3 tbsp of water

Let it soak for a few minutes and then eat.

Eat high fiber foods

Make sure you are getting enough fiber. Good foods to add in are: Oatmeal, apples, avocado, figs, black beans and chickpeas (source).

Depends for postpartum bleeding-

Yes, you read that right, just get over it and order some Depends on Amazon. Seriously, in the first few days they are way easier than underwear and huge pads. I was super hesitant, but my midwife pretty much insisted, so I went with it. And I was super glad I did.

Caring for your body postpartum

Tips for regaining your strength and boosting nutrients postpartum!

Coconut oil –

Have stitches, tears or skid marks from natural birth? Scars from a c section? Use coconut oil! It’s natural, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. Also great for baby, and for sore, or cracked, nipples from breastfeeding!

And make sure to eat it multiple times daily to boost your healthy fats and support healthy milk supply (source).

Iron pills –

Iron pills can help build up your blood supply again. Consider adding these in daily if you are feeling weak after labor or lost a lot of blood. With my 4th I felt really exhausted for days. Once I started taking the iron pills, I noticed a big difference. Try this kind as they as plant based and easier on the stomach.

Prenatal vitamins-

It’s a good idea to keep taking your prenatals for a few months after birth. This will help with rebuilding your body’s nutrient supply and help build milk supply for breastfeeding. One with probiotics like this one can help support your gut health and baby’s if you are breastfeeding.

Nutrient dense food –

One area many people forget to prepare for is what to eat in the days after birth. Stock up on nutrient dense real foods and on healthy convenience foods. Check out the Ultimate List of Food for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding for a overview of some foods to stock up on.

By having food on hand, it will be one less thing to worry about and you will ensure that you are getting all the nourishment you need to heal and care for your baby. Getting proper nourishment can also help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety! (source)

Preparing freezer meals before baby arrives is a total game changer. Postpartum is so much easier when you can just focus on resting and not on preparing food.

Related: 3 Must Know Tips Before Making Freezer Meals for Postpartum.

The better you take care of yourself in the first few weeks postpartum the better you will feel in the months to come.

Getting plenty of rest, staying off your feet and taking care of baby is your top priority.

Follow some of these tips to help make your postnatal recovery smoother and faster! And the best part is you can recover naturally postpartum.

This is just the short list! Want to know more items that can help you have smooth and easy postpartum? Sign up below for your Postpartum Prep List! Plus get pregnancy and postpartum tips delivered to your inbox weekly!

What helped you recover from childbirth naturally? Share with us in the comments below!

 

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4 thoughts on “Essentials for Natural Postpartum Recovery

  1. Great tips and suggestions here! Wish I had this resource to go to in my postpartum weeks and months. I used a lot of herbal teas in those months, helped me calm down, especially after my first delivery when I suffered from postpartum skin allergy for weeks.

    • Thanks so much Sarah for your comment! Hopefully lots of moms can get prepared so they don’t have to struggle like we did! Those first weeks are so tough. Glad to hear herbal tea helped you! It’s my favorite way to recover….well next to the sitz bath!

  2. Great post! It’s very true that nobody really prepares you for what postpartum recovery is like. I remember having to send my inlaws out for one of those inflatable donut rings after I had my first, because sitting down was so painful.

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