My first week postpartum and labour must have list


Like all ladies waiting patiently for their baby to come I packed my hospital bag, it wasn't finished when it was needed and did leave me in a bit of a panic but I'm not convinced a can of water spray would have made all that difference in labour anyway, so I wouldn't stress too much as long as you have the essentials! My biggest gripe was my stupid, scruffy slippers with holes in that ended up being picked up and being passed to me to wear! I would not have taken them by choice in a million years, they probably aren't as bad as you are picturing now but it's safe to say they're now in the bin and I now have a cute new pair! 

I read lots of blog posts and essential lists by mamas and papas of what to take in my bag for baby and me and what I would need after delivery but I thought I'd share some of my saviour items from labour and this first week with you as some of my lovely friends who are expecting have been asking.

(1) moist toilet tissues- sounds very glam huh! Well believe me it isn't and these were a life line, much more soothing and cooling than rough old tissue paper

(2) disposable knickers- self explanatory really. I was bought these for Christmas and I pulled a bit of a face at the time but what a great idea! No hassle just chuck away and you feel far cleaner. I had these from Emma Jane, worth every penny. 

(3) salt for the bath- I always knew things would be a little uncomfortable but not like they actually are! Again soothing but helps you heal after, avoid all perfumes etc as you don't want to irritate anything. 


(4) glucose tablets for labour- after hours and hours, days in fact I was exhausted and fairly early on into labour lost the ability to snack and it's really important you keep some energy reserves. I used the lucozade tablets and they were good for a little pick me up when I needed it! 

(5) snacks and lots of them! When you are recovering and even pretty much straight after delivery I was starving! Even more so now I'm feeding Daisy. Now isn't the time to be worrying about calories, you need all you can get! Make the most of it, you'll burn them off anyway. Biscuits and sweets have been my comfort along with my cups of tea! I'm still on a mix of normal and decaf- I don't fancy baby being up all night!!! 

(6) Lansinoh Lanolin nipple cream- again so glam! But miracle cream! Starting to breastfeed can be hard work on your poor sensitive boobs! Especially if like me it takes a little longer for your milk to come in so baby has to try extra hard to get their supplies from you. This was recommended to me by a few people and it really does make all the difference! 


(7) Carbs-for a few days after I'd have Daisy I felt a little weak once the adrenalin had gone! I was told when leaving the hospital I'd need to build back up again and lots of pasta and carbs in her real definitely helped in getting me back up to fitness! 

(8) my Peekaboobtique nursing scarf- see my last post on why here

They are just a few things that I couldn't have gone without this week but everyone will be different, the usual Vaseline, straws, maternity pads etc are all must haves too but these are a few extra that I needed!


Lots of love,
Hayley xxx

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  1. Aw huge congratulations on your new arrival!
    Im starting to put my hospital bag list together so this was a fab read, I'll def be keeping some of these in mind!! :)
    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays...

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    1. I read lots of blogs to help me do mine too ;) good luck! Xx

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