In the first few weeks of postpartum care, you’ll be having lochia or vaginal discharge after childbirth. Lochia consists of blood, uterine lining tissue, and other remnants of the uterus.
Initially, the flow would be heavy, so it’s best to prepare maternity pads. These are thicker and larger as they are made for heavy lochia. Eventually, the flow becomes lighter and ordinary pads for medium and light flow would suffice.
3. Gauze pads or multiple washcloths
After using the bathroom, it’s a good idea to wash the perineum and wipe it from front to back with a disposable gauze pad or clean washcloth. This is to reduce the risk of infection, and of course, promote comfort.
Since gauze pads can be quite expensive, consider stocking up on many clean washcloths.