Recently, Mark and I became proud parents of our little bundle of joy. 👶🏻❤️
Even though my birthing experience was really crazyyy painful 😭😵 (share with you guys in another post), my heart has been exploding with pride, happiness and sheer love since David was born. 🥰🥰
Seriously, every single person that heard about my birth story cringed 😖… but if you asked me would I do it all over again to ensure David’s safe delivery into the world? Without a second thought, YES.
However, because I had a really painful birthing experience, it was extra important to me that I made my confinement as comfortable as possible. And I think every single post-partum mummy deserves a comfortable confinement!
I bought and tried so many products, my helper got accustomed to expecting my deliveries at least once a day. 😅 There were some that I realised were a sheer waste of money ☹️, but some of them are absolutely awesome!
So, here are 5 products that I’m sooo glad I invested in and have zero regrets spending on. 👍🏻
For all the bleeding: Kotex Overnight Panties
Your body has been accumulating all that menstrual blood for ~9 months now, so you should literally be expecting a red sea pouring out of your portal of life. However, in my experience, most of the heavy flow sanitary pads are thick and uncomfortable. Plus, side leakage is highly probable simply thanks to the sheer volume you’re experiencing.
And if you’re having confinement meals, you might also experience the blood really gushing like shoppers at a Black Friday sale.
So, you’ll need something that gives you full protection and is comfortable to wear.
For this, I strongly recommend you get those overnight sanitary panties! I tried different brands, but my ultimate favourite is the Kotex Overnight Panties. Why?
While practically all provide a 360° coverage, Kotex provided me the most comfort. The material is soft and kind to my skin, and is still nice and stretchable.
To calm your ‘down there’: Earth Mama Herbal Perineal Spray
This is especially useful if you underwent natural birth!
I eventually had to do a Caesarian, but was actually trying very hard for natural birth. During the process, my own ‘down there’ had an extremely traumatising time… 😔 I was actually crying in pain and begging doctors to stop and let me rest before continuing.
This spray really helped me A LOT!! It gave me such much needed relief.
Now during confinement, it still serves me well in keeping my nether regions happy! Highly recommend.
P.S. Just a heads-up, this seller I bought from on Shopee inserted a very religious print-outs in my parcel. Didn’t welcome that, but hey – I like the product. 🤷🏻♀️
For breastfeeding nippies: Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter
During pregnancy, I did lots of reading up on breastfeeding versus formula feeding – and was entirely sold on ensuring David has his human breast milk.
However, those who have done breast feeding/pumping before would know that it’s not always easy. Especially during your first couple of weeks. So, being the crazy determined person I can be, I started with frequently scheduled pumping to get my milk going for David – but this resulted in sore nipples and I had lots of skin peeling.
Initially I was considering something basic like Vaseline, but with the Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter, there’s no need to wash off before nursing. This point made me feel a lot safer about using the product! 😁 Now I’m extra grateful for that point because David is pretty ravenous. So, it’s good that my nipples can be moisturised without fear of poisoning my baby~ 🤗
Note: from same seller that might insert that religious print-out. If this is a deal breaker for you, there are actually many other sellers on Shopee you can check out!
To help with clogged boobies: LaVie Warming Lactation Massage Pads
I was warned a lot about clogged and engorged breasts. And they were right. It’s reallyyyy uncomfortable and there are times when it legit gets painful.
I’m really glad that a fellow mummy talked me into trying out these massage pads! There was this one day when my boobs were rock hard, but weren’t pumping out very much… 😢 I tried doing hand massages on myself, but it hurt so much I barely lasted 3 seconds per boob.
So, I inserted the massage pads into my nursing bra and oh my… my boobs felt comforted and slowly my milk started flowing out nicely~ 🤩 I extra love that it’s so portable and cups my breasts nicely.
To combat those pig trotters: Ebene Bio-Ray Knee Compression Socks
During pregnancy, my legs would occasionally take the form of pig trotters. (For those who don’t know, it’s extremely common pregnancy thing to have bad cases of water retention that make legs, feet and toes actually look like pig trotters)
Mine became really bad after birthing (probably thanks to epidural) and it almost felt like my skin would tear apart from all the expanding. It got to a point where I wasn’t sure if I was crying over how uncomfortable I was feeling, or how disgusting I looked. 😞😞
I received a pair of compression socks from the hospital, but you really need at least 2 pairs because 1 will be in the wash. Mark went out and got this pair for me, which I really like! If anything, I actually like it better than the pair issued by the hospital. 😬
And that’s it for the list! 🤗 If you’re a fellow post-partum mummy, please do let me know what products have been awesome for you too~
In the meantime, stay safe, everyone!