As a first time mom I didn’t know what to expect when it came to delivery and after care for myself. I knew there would be blood, and likely a good amount of pain, but I was assured from other moms that it wouldn’t be all that noticeable. Of course I also didn’t talk to anyone who had the experience of a fourth degree tear like I did. If my doctor hadn’t given me codeine I likely would not have survived that first week and half post partum. In fact that first night that I went without it, because my husband and I were to exhausted to stop by the pharmacy on our way home from the hospital nearly did me in. Tip number one post partum, pick up your meds immediately you will want them. I had my son all naturally the way I wanted, but the after birth would not have been possible without those beautiful pain pills. Beyond the pain meds/any other medications prescribed by your doctor you are also likely to need a few more things.
Post Partum Must Haves:
Soft Toilet Paper
Lots of Pads
Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen (Acetaminophen is made with a chemical that has been known to bring about my seizures, so I stick with Ibuprofen).
Stool Softeners (take them and don’t forget, when it gets close to the time where you are feeling like you finally have to do number two walk it will help make it easier.)
Dermoplast Spray (ask for this at the hospital if they don’t bring it to you)
Preperation H Wipes (these were my lifesavers during, but especially after pregnancy hemerroids are awful and these wipes work way better than the cream).
Plastic Squirt bottle (the hospital will provide it, bring it home)
Sitz bath (make sure to ask for this at the hospital if they don’t bring it to you.)