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October 17th, 2011, 08:28 AM
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What things will I need for ME post pardum. I am trying to remember back that I had hemorrhoid pad type things that helped and I think I had a water bottle to wash down there after going to the bathroom?

I have maxi pads. What things can you think of that I will need to take care of me?
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October 17th, 2011, 08:34 AM
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Sitz bath. I took a warm sitz bath every day and it was my daily 10 minutes of heaven. You can also get some herbs or something for a soothing tea, but just plain hot water is awesome too.
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October 17th, 2011, 08:38 AM
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I don't know! It seems like I need to go and get a couple of things now...
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October 17th, 2011, 09:10 AM
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My BIL installed one of those cheap hand-held shower heads -- it was a GODSEND! Warm water will get the blood flowing, but will also help with healing. I planned on having it taken off, but it's been 2 years and we STILL have it. I recommend one that has different pressures -- you don't want to "blast" yourself with water.

I have friends in the medical field who helped with a few other things... They got me "chucks". It is a waterproof pad about 24 x 36 inches. (Disposable) It is GREAT for the bed at night. In fact, i started using them before I went into labor in case my water broken in bed.

Pads with witchhasle (spelled completely wrong, I think) are great for soothing hemoroids.

If you have a lot of swelling, a bag of frozen peas or corn works well. You can always re-freze them and re-use them.

I'll post more if I can think of more.
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October 17th, 2011, 09:31 AM
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I needed stool softener after dd
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October 17th, 2011, 09:39 AM
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Ditto to everything....stool softeners, witch hazel (Tucks pads are a choice) and the water bottle were my friends! I also carried a soft pillow around the house to sit on....hemorrhoids and stitches were horrible for me! I would suggest some anti-inflammtories too....I'm "intolerant" to them (they raise my blood pressure) but it was worth taking them, they helped in ways that Tyelenol couldn't.

Comfortable clothes were also a must....I still don't fit into my pre-preggo clothes
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October 17th, 2011, 09:42 AM
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Let's see, a lot of these ladies gave great ideas. Pads, sitz bath, hemorroid pads, comfortable loose clothing to wear while at hospital or on the way home, any personal toiletries, and plenty on loose undies. I bled through onto some of mine.
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October 17th, 2011, 10:39 AM
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I second everything mentioned! And would suggets some nursing pads (even if you are formula feeding, you are gonna leak like no other for a while). And a GOOD water bottle to keep by you all day. With the sitting and taking care of baby, you will need lots of fluids. I found it easy to fill up and have with me, instead of needing 4-5 cups of water in that same time period. I liked a stainless steel one that kept the water cold. And if you want to dry up your milk (like don't want to nurse), I suggest a really snug sports bra. I hear it is good for lessening the pain of that.
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October 17th, 2011, 10:59 AM
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About the pads get the HUGE long over night ones.
I just bought regular ones with DD and the first night I had her I had lots of bleeding and huge clots and went throught the 1 pack that the nurses gave me and I asked for more and they told me NO. So all I had to use was the regular pads I brought or the nasty regular ones the hospital gave me and I kept bleeding through them. So glad I am not using that hospital this time around.
I have some friends that have even got some depends.

I would get loose fitting slippers for the hospital.
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October 17th, 2011, 11:08 AM
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Take your own pads to the hospital!! I hated theirs.
The water bottle was a godsend for me too.

I loved having my own pajamas for the hospital and a real robe. As soon as I moved to post postpartum I got rid of the hospital gown. I also had several extra pairs of underwear that I didn't care about. I was not a fan of the mesh panties they give you, but even with the big overnight pads you may leak. I had cheap underwear that I could just toss if it got messed up.

And toiletries! When you finally get to take a shower you will love having your own stuff. Also make sure DH packs some for him if he is staying with you the entire time. And a change of clothes, maybe two in case of accidents.

BTW- I can't believe you are getting this close! A month a way!!
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October 17th, 2011, 12:06 PM
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Ditto to everyone else........plus a nice bottle of wine for when you get home!!
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Agree with everything that is posted. I am so excited you are so close.
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October 17th, 2011, 02:24 PM
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Ahhh, more things to do!!!!! Thanks for posting this, Missy! It had not even crossed my mind.
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October 17th, 2011, 02:38 PM
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My BIL installed one of those cheap hand-held shower heads -- it was a GODSEND! Warm water will get the blood flowing, but will also help with healing. I planned on having it taken off, but it's been 2 years and we STILL have it. I recommend one that has different pressures -- you don't want to "blast" yourself with water.

I have friends in the medical field who helped with a few other things... They got me "chucks". It is a waterproof pad about 24 x 36 inches. (Disposable) It is GREAT for the bed at night. In fact, i started using them before I went into labor in case my water broken in bed
Great ideas! Thank you so much!

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I would suggest some anti-inflammtories too....I'm "intolerant" to them (they raise my blood pressure) but it was worth taking them, they helped in ways that Tyelenol couldn't.
I actually have some from when I hurt myself last year but for those that don't - Did your doctor prescribe them for you? How does one go about getting some anti-inflammatory medication?

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Let's see, a lot of these ladies gave great ideas. Pads, sitz bath, hemorroid pads, comfortable loose clothing to wear while at hospital or on the way home, any personal toiletries, and plenty on loose undies. I bled through onto some of mine.
I have a ton of big cheap ugly panties for this pregnancy that I bought at Walmart so I figure I will use them up. I am actually looking forward to getting back into my cute sexy undies!
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October 17th, 2011, 02:51 PM
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Missy- don't worry about prescriptions. At least my doctor gave me them when I was discharged.
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October 17th, 2011, 02:56 PM
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I second everything mentioned! And would suggets some nursing pads (even if you are formula feeding, you are gonna leak like no other for a while).
Nursing pads and frozen peas are a great idea! I remember putting frozen peas on my chest to help with the pain.
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October 17th, 2011, 03:22 PM
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I actually have some from when I hurt myself last year but for those that don't - Did your doctor prescribe them for you? How does one go about getting some anti-inflammatory medication?
I left the hospital with a prescription for Motrin. Advil or Aleve also work well, so really you can get any of it OTC.

They also gave me scripts for stool softeners.
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October 17th, 2011, 05:19 PM
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Ditto to everyone else........plus a nice bottle of wine for when you get home!!
I love champagne and have a bottle all ready! That and Red promised to bring me a case of diet coke to the hospital

Ekkkkkkkk! 1 more month to go!

What else do they send you home from the hospital with?
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October 18th, 2011, 08:21 AM
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What else do they send you home from the hospital with?
A perfect little baby that relies on you for everything.
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October 18th, 2011, 01:54 PM
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I have awhile before I need to think about all this but thanks for posting this. Since this is our first I am sure I will be asking more questions towards the end.
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