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Top 12 Postpartum Essentials {survival kit}

This post about 12 postpartum essentials and light bladder leakage is sponsored by Poise.

Dealing with your postpartum body can be tough.  Everyone has a different experience and every baby does different damage.  For me, my biggest struggles have been hormonal changes (imbalances) that don’t ever seem to truly right themselves, no matter how much time passes.  Hormones affect the body and its processes in countless ways and, until recently, I had no idea just how much they control.  Sadly, one such way is the ol’ I pee when I sneeze… or laugh or cough or just for no reason at all.  Light bladder leakage (LBL) can also come just from the act of being pregnant as baby shifts all your internal items around. It’s okay, though, because I have a discreet solution!

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I became pregnant with my first child rather early, at the age of 21.  The majority of my high school and college friends didn’t have their first pregnancy until a few year later.  By that time, they were all looking to me for advice, comfort and support.  I don’t believe in complaining (and therefore scaring) first-time, pregnant moms, but I do believe in preparing them for some of the trials that will inevitably come. I wish I had that luxury because I really didn’t know what to expect afterwards. With my second, I had a much better idea.


A great way to break the news softly? A gift basket of items to ease the transition.

Speaking of, make sure to tell ALL of your pregnant friends (first-time or veteran) about our soothing Postpartum Padsicles DIY!  They will thank you later.

This brings me to my Top 12 Postpartum Essentials.  Directly after birth, you will require gigantic pads, but once that horror ends, you may need to keep lining the panties as LBL kicks in… Poise Microliners are my favorite as they are thin and discreet.  You don’t need a whole lot for LBL, just a thin layer to protect your clothing and keep you comfortable.  Let’s start there.

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  1. Poise Microliners for LBL – thin, comfortable and discreet.  Protect the panties!
  2. SPANX to provide light compression for a loose belly (and other affected areas). I find light compression not only slimming but very comforting postpartum.
  3. Shower Hug to support and protect swollen, painful breasts full of milk, especially from pelting water in the shower.  ouch.
  4. Pretty Nursing Bras to offer support and comfort for nursing, but to remind you you are still beautiful and sexy!
  5. Stretch Mark Cream and Oil to nourish dry, stretched skin on the belly and everywhere else.  Don’t stop applying just because you had the baby — your skin needs the help while it heals.
  6. Lanolin for breasfeeding moms with sore, dry, cracked nipples. 100% natural and baby-safe.

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  1. Booby Tubes filled with natural flax seed — warm up and apply for increased milk flow, clogged-duct prevention, etc.  Freeze and wear inside bra for reduced swelling and pain.
  2. Water Bottle to hydrate and hydrate and hydrate.  Your recovering body needs it more than ever now, so keep a bottle handy. Better yet, take home a hospital pitcher, those are the best!
  3. The Softest Loungewear to keep you comfortable all day.  Invest in some quality, organic pieces that allow your body to recieve airflow and keep you feeling pretty.
  4. Belly Bandit to tighten the belly, minimizie stretch marks and support core muscle structure — great for both C-Section and vagina births.
  5. Prenatal Vitamins to keep your body full of nutrition, whether breastfeeding or not.  Vitamin deficiencies can creep up postpartum, so keep on taking those prenatals!
  6. Postpartum Blues Spray to help keep postpartum depression at bay.  Make your own by dropping 2-3 drops each of geranium and bergamot essential oils in a small spray bottle filled with water.  Use as a room and fabric spray to lift your mood — plus they smell so great together!

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All of these items I used personally, many I reviewed here on ITKM.  If you have any specific questions about the items, feel free to leave questions in the comments or email me personally!

Some postpartum problems go away and some stay with you longer… some your whole life.  No matter what, it’s worth it 100%!  Light bladder leakage tends to be one of those things that stays with you your whole life… especially after multiple kids.  Don’t feel bad, one in three women experience LBL. The only pee-in-the-pants I want to worry about in my house is my toddler son.  But, it isn’t so bad with the super thin (like dollar bill thin) Poise Microliners, which are designed to absorb wetness, neutralize odor and stay three times drier than period liners.

If you are experiencing light bladder leakage,  try the new Poise Microliners for youself – for FREE!! Don’t forget to spread the savings to your postpartum friends!

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 What were your postpartum essentials?

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  1. September 29, 2014 at 11:00 am — Reply

    These work wonderfully! I have had 5 c-sections and my bladder is not the same, great for leaks!

  2. September 29, 2014 at 11:28 am — Reply

    I’m 35 weeks pregnant with a bad cough. They’re an essential for pregnancy – too!

    • September 29, 2014 at 1:03 pm — Reply

      Yes, absolutely great point!! LBL strikes at anytime ;)

  3. September 29, 2014 at 11:28 am — Reply

    Bookmarking this for when that time comes for me AND my girlfriends! Great post!

    Diary of a Debutante

    • October 2, 2014 at 11:20 am — Reply

      Great idea!! I wish I had this list BEFORE! = )

  4. Danielle K
    September 29, 2014 at 11:48 am — Reply

    The Lanolin was amazing and helped big time. I also had a tummy binder thing that really helped me feel a bit more held in and able to move around better. Great list – thanks for sharing :)

    • October 2, 2014 at 11:19 am — Reply

      “More held in” is a pretty accurate way to describe it!! I loved anything that compressed my belly area… such a weird feeling postpartum!

  5. October 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm — Reply

    Great list, I haven’t yet had to deal with it yet but know many who have.

  6. October 1, 2014 at 5:56 pm — Reply

    Motrin & lots of water are my postpartum essentials. There’s so much no one tells you about your body after having a baby.

    • October 2, 2014 at 11:14 am — Reply

      I agree! I was so shocked after my first. My second was so much easier because I was prepared… mostly.

  7. October 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm — Reply

    This is such a great idea. I didn’t think about it when I was post partum – but I am sure it would have been nice to have!

  8. October 2, 2014 at 6:41 am — Reply

    So many great ideas. I would have loved some of these after having my babies.

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