The Epic Birth and Postpartum Prep List

Meghan NesherI don’t take prepping for birth and postpartum lightly. A lesson learned after I had my first son (almost 9 years ago now!):

Giving birth is NOT A CAKE WALK. Postpartum? No cake walk either.

There’s so much focus given to birthing and baby that not a lot of moms know to prepare for the postpartum bit. I’ve now experienced two births (one in the hospital and one at home) and I’m about to experience my third birth any day now—ideally at home, again. So, I’m taking measures into my own hands and doing all the little things to help ease the recovery process.

I’ve broken down my prep list into seven parts: 1) The Freezer 2) The Pantry 3) The Fridge 4) The Nightstand 5) The Closet 6) The Bathroom and 7) The Baby. Notice how I focus on myself first and baby last? Yep. If I prioritize care of myself and lean on my support system for extra help (family and friends), I’m way better equipped and prepared to take fantastic care of that little baby.

Taking care of yourself is not selfish. It’s smart. You benefit and everyone else around you benefits too. It’s a win win.

Because we are doing a home birth, I’ve ordered a home birth kit that includes a lot of supplies that we will need. Curious to know what’s included? You can find the list here. I also have a birth pool on hand that I’m re-using from Robben’s birth. A few things that are included that I’m particularly excited about are the sitz bath herbs and the stretch maternity briefs. The briefs aren’t anything special, but just super functional and comfortable postpartum.

The Freezer

  1. Daily Harvest cups for quick smoothies
  2. Bonafide Provisions bone broth for sipping and cooking
  3. Padsicles I made with sitz bath herb tea and witch hazel
  4. Congee from Goop
  5. Fat Balls

The Pantry

  1. Nut butters
  2. Protein powder to add to smoothies
  3. Macrobars
  4. Thin Stackers
  5. Sourdough Bread
  6. Oats

The Fridge

  1. Homemade Granola Bars
  2. Coconut Water (literally the only thing I wanted after giving birth with Robben)
  3. Avocados, fruits, veggies, hummus, almond milk, eggs, tortillas, goat cheese

The Nightstand

  1. Organic Nipple Butter
  2. Motherwort for postpartum cramps
  3. Lotion
  4. Disposable nursing pads
  5. Waterbottle
  6. Heating pad for cramps
  7. Postpartum Journal for expressing thoughts

The Closet

  1. Comfortable underwear
  2. Nursing bras
  3. A nursing friendly nighty and robe...I’m going to try this one by Francis and Henry

The Bathroom

  1. Heavy duty overnight pads
  2. Tucks pads
  3. Perennial Spray

The Baby

  1. Simple onesies
  2. Newborn hats
  3. Swaddles
  4. Diapers and Wipes
  5. Diaper cream
  6. Puj Tub
  7. Baby carrier I like: Solly Baby Wrap for newborns, Ergo Baby for when they are bigger and have heard great things about the Scout by Sakura bloom so going to try that one too.

I hope this list is helpful for you and gives you some ideas of what you might need to support you through this process. I’ve found this list has worked well for me, but everyone is different! I encourage you to do your own research and do what works for you. :) 

Wishing you all the best during this time of transition!


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