12 Best Postpartum Recovery Products of 2020
The Best Postpartum Recovery Products
November 16, 2020

The Best Postpartum Recovery Products

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The Best Postpartum Recovery Products.
The Best Postpartum Recovery Products

There’s a lot to love about the postpartum period: tiny baby snuggles, that unmistakable new baby smell and the chance to drown out the world around you and bond with your newest little family member.

Buuuut we’re also here to keep it real. For many new parents, there’s a less-than-delightful side to those first few weeks right after giving birth, whether you delivered vaginally or via C-section. Discomfort down under, sore boobs, a sensitive incision and, everyone’s favorite, hemorrhoids are all pretty common—and pretty uncomfortable—things new parents need to deal with during postpartum recovery.

The good news? There are lots of smart, well-designed and even beautiful products that can help. (Pro tip: you can even register for these help-and-favors cards if you could also use a helping hand, like babysitting or a home-cooked meal.) These parent-tested picks are here to make postpartum recovery a little bit easier and help get you back on your feet.

Not Your Granny’s Panties

Whether you’ve delivered vaginally or via C-section, maximum comfort is the name of the game when it comes to underwear during the postpartum period. When you’re finally ready to ditch the glorious hospital mesh underwear (no judgments here…we loved them too!) and give “real” undies a go, grab a pair or two of these high-waisted ones from Kindred Bravely. They’re cut to cover your belly and sit above your C-section line, so they won’t irritate your incision if you have one. They’re also soft, smoothing and full-coverage enough to hold postpartum pads in place.

Complete Care

Looking for a one-stop shop for postpartum recovery? Look no further than the Bodily Care for Birth Box. Each item has been thoughtfully (and beautifully) designed for the first few weeks of the postpartum period. The box includes things like cozy socks, mesh undies, a peri wash bottle, breast pads and nipple shields and so much more. Also included are two guidebooks to help support you through postpartum recovery.

Soft and Smart

Rocking your favorite jeans likely isn’t going to be too high on your priority list postpartum. Instead, you’ll need something soft, comfortable and nursing-friendly if you plan on breastfeeding or pumping. FridayMom’s delivery gown is, as its name implies, designed to replace the traditional (not-so-comfortable) delivery gown, but don’t discount its postpartum glory. It’s made from buttery soft t-shirt material and features a fold-down front panel that’s perfect for nursing or skin-to-skin. It even has pockets!

All-Natural Relief

There are a lot of nipple creams on the market, but Earth Mama Organics consistently ranks as one of our top choices. Unlike many that are super sticky and tough to apply, this nipple butter goes on like, well, butter. The soothing formula is great for treating dry, cracked or sore nipples, a common issue for many breastfeeding or pumping parents during the postpartum period. It’s 100% organic, non-GMO and safe to apply before or after feeding or pumping.

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Seamless and Supportive

A good maternity bra should take you through pregnancy, postpartum and beyond, and this one from Cake Maternity is a great pick. It’s the perfect combination of comfy + supportive. It’s seamless, so it won’t irritate any already sensitive areas, and there’s no underwire or itchy tags. There are also removable molded fabric cups depending on how much shaping you prefer. There’s a slide sling for easy nursing access and either an over-the-shoulder or crossover strap option. For overnight, check out Cake’s Cotton Candy Seamless Sleep & Yoga Nursing Bra.

Hot and Cold Comfort

Dealing with breast discomfort is pretty common during postpartum recovery, regardless of if you decide to breastfeed or not. These pads provide two types of relief—cool and warm—for any trouble that comes your way, from engorgement and plugged ducts to mastitis or even a stalled let-down. They’re freezer and fridge-safe for cool relief, and microwavable for warm, and they even fit into a breast pump.

Targeted Support

Abdominal compression has been used for centuries during the postpartum period to strengthen core muscles, ease back pain, promote mobility and even provide comfort post C-section. The Belly Bandit fits snugly around your core without impeding your breathing or circulation. It’s made from latex-free Spandex and has six inches of adjustability so you can tighten the wrap as you size down. And be sure to check with your insurance company—many belly bands are now eligible for reimbursement.

Cool Convenience

Nope, this isn’t your college dorm room. (But oh how we wish it were.) Instead of last night’s leftover ramen, in this mini fridge you’ll store breast milk after a midnight pumping session or a cool drink or quick snack to keep you fueled throughout the night. It’s compact, affordable and even comes in a fun range of colors.

Instant Relief

Hemorrhoids: yup, we’re going there. Though awkward to talk about, they’re a (very uncomfortable) reality for many post-birth. Tucks to the rescue! These medicated cooling pads, made with witch hazel, provide immediate relief from common hemorrhoid symptoms like burning and itching. They’re perfect for tossing in your hospital bag and keeping on hand at home as you heal.

Eco-Friendly Protection

You’ll want some nursing pads on hand postpartum whether or not you decide to breastfeed your little one. Bamboobies are our favorite reusable pick. They’re soft and comfortable, eco-friendly and easy to toss right into the washing machine for a quick clean. This pack comes with a thinner set for daytime wear and a thicker, more absorbent pair for overnight.

Portable Relief

And speaking of breastfeeding, clogged ducts can be a painful issue for nursing parents and even for those who don’t decide to breastfeed and need to let their milk dry up. This handheld massager helps you attack the clog head-on. It improves flow, relieves engorgement and can even help with a faster letdown. It’s waterproof, rechargeable and features a few different vibration modes.

RecoverTEA

Packed with vitamins and nutrients like strawberry leaf, red raspberry and ginger root, this organic, caffeine-free tea blend was developed especially for postpartum recovery. It’s not medically backed, so check with your healthcare provider for the green light, but customers rave about the flavor (both warm or iced)—and truly, we’ll take any excuse to relax with a cup of tea.

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