10 Best Postpartum Recovery Products of 2020
The Best Postpartum Recovery Products
September 5, 2019

The Best Postpartum Recovery Products

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.

Comfort Down Under

While we’re on the topic of comfort…if you’ve had a vaginal delivery, your perineal area likely isn’t feeling its best right about now. Peri bottles are recommended to clean and soothe this sensitive area—but most hospital-issued ones are pretty awkward to operate. The Upside Down Peri Bottle from FridaMom brilliantly solves for this, with a bottle designed to be held upside down and a nozzle that’s longer and angled upwards for a more ergonomic setup. It’s also easy to squeeze and to aim.

PJs All Day

Getting dressed shouldn’t be too high on your priority list as a new parent and, frankly, we can’t think of a better excuse than postpartum recovery to rock a robe all day. Milkmaid Goods’ robes are made from a soft, jersey knit fabric and come in tons of patterns like florals, plaid and everything in between. If you’re feeling extra sentimental, there are even mommy and me options to shop.

One-Stop Recovery Shop

Think of this (brilliant) kit as a one-stop-shop for all things postpartum recovery if you’ve had a vaginal delivery. Dubbed the “vag squad,” the kit comes with four essentials for perineal healing and comfort—disposable postpartum underwear, instant ice maxi pads, cooling pad liners and a healing foam to relieve perineal pain—all in one convenient package. There’s also a pack that comes with all this, plus some items to wear during labor and delivery.

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 your ladies may throw 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.

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 creams 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.

Soft and Supportive

Wearing a bra for sleep definitely didn’t sound comfortable to us—until we discovered this one. Soft and seamless and made from a moisture-wicking fabric, this Bravado sleep bra will keep the girls supported and your nursing pads in place throughout the night without getting in the way of your sleep. (That’s what your baby is for, after all.) The front crossover design makes for easy nursing access and the racerback style offers great support.

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.

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.


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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