So in addition to the meals I've been preparing for after the baby is born I've also been preparing a few things to make my recovery more comfortable.
Handmade Home. These ones have been soaked in a tea (comfrey, calendula, plantain, echincea, vitamin E, St. Johns wart) and frozen for some cold soothing relief on my perineum. I also reserved some of that tea for a peri-wash that has been frozen in squirt bottles. Even before I got pregnant I never used disposable pads. Normally I use pads with a PUL lining that I buy here but for the ones that I wanted to freeze I didn't want the PUL lining. However, for overnight I did buy some of the extra long pads with a PUL liner.
I'm also trying to make sure I have plenty of supplies for breastfeeding. I have a couple different types of nursing pads (though I think the soft bamboo ones will be the winner), a nursing bra and nursing tank, some organic nipple cream, lactation teas and some small microwavable bean bags in case I need some relief with plugged ducts.
We are also planning on encapsulating my placenta in the hopes that it will help with my low iron and keep postpartum blues at bay. I have the supplies I need and a doula who is willing to help with the time consuming process of putting the ground placenta in capsules. You can find more information of the benefits of placenta encapsulation here.
So all-in-all I feel like I've got a handle on things in terms of recovery but who knows. Do any of you mamas out there have some suggestions of things that you found made for a speedy recovery?