Let’s be very, very honest about this — pregnancy and childbirth change your body. Regardless of what tabloid headlines about celebrities’ post-baby bodies and Instagram #fitspo posts might tell you, the reality is that your body’s going to look and feel a little different after having kids — which means your clothes will probably look and feel different, too. Luckily, you don’t have to wear your maternity jeans and your partner’s ratty old college sweatshirts forever (unless you want to!). Mom Jeans is Romper’s guide to helping you figure out your postpartum wardrobe during the first few months postpartum and beyond.
Postpartum life can be rough. After all, you’ve just evicted a baby out of your body. That means your hormones are going all over the place, and your brain is still trying to catch up with the fact that you no longer have a cute little invader in your uterus. You might also have some physical issues, like a c-section scar or vaginal tearing that needs healing. Then there are all the emotional ramifications of new motherhood. That’s why I’d like to share some of the products that saved me postpartum, on both a physical and mental level, because this new-mom life is no joke, my friends.
Giving birth to my son wreaked havoc on me in a way nothing else ever has (or probably ever will, honestly). I had a high-risk pregnancy as I had lost my daughter before him, so emotionally I was a mess. Add to that the fact that my son was born sick and had to be rushed to the NICU right after birth, and there isn't a word that can describe what I was thinking and feeling immediately after my son entered the world.
I spent two months sleeping in that NICU with him, and my recovery was incredibly slow. Had it not been for a few wonderful gifts from my loved ones, some recommendations from friends, and a few other things I’d prepared for new motherhood, I might have totally lost it. These are some of the products that practically saved my life in those early days.