Hello Baby! How to Support your Postpartum Recovery

 Photo by Krista Evans. Birth Doula & Photographer. 

Photo by Krista Evans. Birth Doula & Photographer. 

Your body has conceived, nourished and will soon birth a new soul into the world. How you care for it after birth can play a huge role in how quickly and easily you will recover from your beautiful and powerful birth experience. These simple and all natural recipes can nourish and encourage the healing process allowing you to transition into motherhood smoothly. Using these recipes in combination with resting and snuggling your sweet new babe, staying hydrated and eating good food (prepared, served and cleaned up by your awesome support team ;) ) will promote a positive fourth trimester. The following recipes are all simple to make with all natural ingredients.

SOOTHING PERINEAL SPRAY The perineum tends to feel a great stretch and at times tear during the pushing phase and often needs a little extra love in the postpartum healing phase. This soothing spray can be used following bathroom visits or on its own as you support your healing. 

Fill a small glass spray bottle 3/4 full with witch hazel

Add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera

Add 3-5 drops of frankincense essential oil and or lavender oil

Shake well before each use and store in the fridge to increase the cooling relief of the aloe vera.

Witch hazel is a great remedy that helps with a swollen and tender perineum. While aloe vera soothes and relieves swelling and discomfort. Frankincense essential oil can help promote healing and regenerate scarred skin while Lavender essential oil stimulates cell renewal and soothes the skin. A perfect combination of natural ingredients to provide your perineum with a little extra tlc. 

PADSICLES That's right frozen pads! These are wonderful to use to manage your postpartum bleeding while you simultaneously reduce swelling and promote healing. Well done multitasking mama! 

Using a pack of overnight pads spread a tablespoon of aloe vera gel over each pad then spray with witch hazel until moist. If desired add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil on to each pad. Once completed fold up the pads and place them back into their original packaging then into a large ziploc bag and then place them in your freezer. These can be made in the weeks leading up to your birth so they will be ready for your postpartum care. Your vagina will thank you! 

ALL NATURAL NIPPLE CREAM This all natural moisture rich cream can feel heavenly on tender new breastfeeding nipples.

(*If you are experiencing painful, cracked or bleeding nipples talk to your doula, lactation consultant or care provider to ensure your baby is latching correctly.)

Mix equal parts of Coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter in a small sealable container and apply before and after nursing. 

 

HEALING HERBAL BATH recipe and details in our post below. Its so good it needed its own post!

 

Sweet Mamas your bodies are so incredibly strong! Celebrate all that they have done and will continue to do as they grow, birth and nourish your little loves.