My baby boy is 4 weeks old today! I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by. He is growing by the second and I couldn’t be more in love with him. It feels like just yesterday that we were at the hospital, welcoming him into this world.
Going into the hospital to deliver your first child is incredibly overwhelming. You are so concerned about what your new baby will need, that it is often forgotten that you are also going to need some recovery. If you scroll through Pinterest or google search vaginal delivery, there a several recommendations about what to buy for your recovery. These posts are overwhelming and most of the stuff I wondered why I needed it. But now that I have been through my delivery, and it was a tough one, I can say that here is what you need: NOTHING!
I saw those posts and thought they were absurd. There was witch hazel and super-duper pads, ice packs and weird concoctions you put in the freezer. I figured anything I would need I would find out about at the hospital and then purchase at the hospital pharmacy before leaving. I did pre-purchase one item; pads. I knew I would absolutely need these.
So I went in for my induction, labored for 24 hours, and was transferred to the recovery floor. My nurse provided me with everything I could possibly need, and she showed me how to use it all. The following day, I asked the nurses what all I could take home and she told me everything that is in my room was mine to take. So that was it, I didn’t need to purchase anything else except the pads.
In case you are still concerned, here is a run-down of what they gave me and what I needed it for. These items pertain to a vaginal delivery.
- Peri-Bottle (perineal bottle): This is for use after the restroom. You will not want to be wiping down there immediately so you use this to clean after using the restroom. You also use this to wash away the blood, which there will be plenty of.
- Ice Packs: These are placed in between the pad and your vagina. You should only use these for the first 24 hours after delivery so you likely won’t even need to take these home with you. These help with pain and swelling of the vaginal tissue.
- Pads: Heavy-duty, super-duper pads. Yes, there will be bleeding. Yes it will be a lot. The pads they provided were bigger than anything I have seen at the pharmacy so use theirs for the first 3-5 days. Once your bleeding slows down you can switch to the pads you can buy over the counter.
- Disposable Underwear: I didn’t know this was a thing. They are more like boy shorts and they hold the ice pack and pads in place. Then, you just throw them all out when you change your pad. Definitely worth taking home for the first few days.
- Witch Hazel Pads: After the ice pads, I was given these pads to use for pain and burning. I didn’t think they were effective but I took the package home with me incase I needed them in the future.
- Dermoplast Pain and Burn Relieving Spray: TAKE THIS STUFF WITH YOU! This worked the best for instant pain relief. Just spray in the area that hurts and it instantly cools and calms the area.
So that is the list of perineal and vaginal products you actually need. The hospital is going to send you a large bill which includes these products, wether you take them or not. So go ahead and have your nurse give you what you need. What you get from the hospital is enough to finish your recovery, and still have some extra.