Packing Your Postpartum Kit
- During pregnancy we see so many lists of what we need to buy for the baby, what we need to pack for the birth, etc. We don’t often hear and read about what we need to gather for the postpartum time. I really like the lists that are linked below. Start gathering items now so you are stocked up and don’t have to make trips to the store when you would rather be snuggled in bed with your sweet baby!
- “Postpartum Kit” (fantastic post written by a local Bradley instructor)
- “Postpartum: Don’t Forget Me!” (another awesome post written by my own doula!)
Books About the Postpartum Time
These are available in my lending library:
- Please visit my placenta encapsulation resources here. You'll find info on the benefits of consuming your placenta, a list of local placenta crafters, questions to ask when interviewing, and my own testimonial based on my personal experiences with placentophagy and placenta art.
- If you are undecided as to whether you would like to encapsulate your placenta, I would encourage you to make arrangements to take it home and put it in your freezer. During the postpartum time if you decide to hire someone to encapsulate it, then you have it available! If you decide not to encapsulate, then you can bury it (like Matthew McConaughey does) or you can discard it. If you do not keep your placenta then you can never choose to encapsulate it if the need arises.
- If you do encapsulate your placenta, please let me know about your experience!
If a good friend or family member is seeking a way to support you during the postpartum time, consider asking them to organize a meal schedule for you. It is so easy with websites such as Take Them A Meal and Food Tidings.
The Shape of a Mother is a fantastic website that shares photos of real postpartum women. The celebrities we see in magazines are not representative of what most women experience when it comes to postpartum bellies, stretch marks, breasts, etc.