Postpartum is the first time after your child is born and lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Secured by law in Germany with 8 weeks (MuSchG). The confinement is medically divided into early and late confinement. The first 10 days are characterized by the early confinement. This is where most of the physical regression and healing processes after the birth take place, as well as extensive bonding with your baby and learning about your breastfeeding relationship.
You and your partner should be aware that the postpartum period consists of weeks, this does not mean that you are in bed for 8 weeks, but it takes time to settle in and to recover and heal from the birth. Our tip: Take the confinement literally and stay in bed for as long as possible. Give yourself, your body and the baby time to settle in. Midwives like to recommend a week in bed, a week around the bed and then in the third week to go outside. Of course, every woman is individual and recovers at different speeds, but time and rest are important for you and your baby.
Postpartum is one of the most intense times you will experience on the journey with your baby. Your body is healing, the hormones are readjusting to not being pregnant, a new being is in your world who depends on you like no one has ever depended on you before.
So it makes sense to anticipate this in advance. Compared to our parents or our ancestors in general, the so-called “village” that looked after and supported new mothers during this sensitive time hardly exists anymore.
Most couples often think only until the birth and are then surprised how important and intensive the postpartum period is. We would like to give new parents a few important points on what optimal preparation for childbirth could look like.
The village mentioned above only exists in very few families today, but it is important to consider how you and your partner can get help and support. Most partners take 2 weeks: on vacation, we recommend 4 weeks so that everyone can be well looked after. It is particularly important in the early days to ask for help and to accept it. For example with pre-cooked food from family or friends. If this is not possible, there is the possibility of organizing a maternity nurse.
These are special household helpers who are specially trained for childbirth. Statutory health insurance companies cover most of the costs if you are alone in childbirth and cannot get any care or support. Maternity nurses can also support you and your family in the household if there are complications during pregnancy, for example in the event of premature labour.
Many maternity nurses also offer their services as vouchers, which is a nice gift idea for moms and dads-to-be.
One of the most important points is communication. It is important to discuss in advance with family or friends when you and your partner would like to see you and your partner in the first few days of confinement. We recommend not receiving any visitors at first, in order to make it easier for you to arrive as a family. Especially with the first postnatal bed without siblings, you and your partner can sometimes lie in bed with your baby until noon. That's not possible with the second or third confinement, so try to enjoy this downtime. Should you nevertheless receive visitors, it is best to select them very carefully and really only if you and your partner really want it. Coffee and cake should not be expected to be served. Rather, you may request that food be brought. If you are expecting your first child, you will have no idea how quickly a day goes by and you felt like you were only breastfeeding and changing diapers the whole day. Taking a shower or brushing your teeth in the middle of the day is completely normal!
In addition to the products that you need for your baby, there are also a few things that we would like to recommend to you. Many of our items, especially the care products, are based on organic ingredients and do not contain preservatives, so you should only buy them a month before the birth at the earliest.
For quick healing of nipples. Absolute insider tip.
For the care of birth injuries, such as perineal tears and cuts as well as abrasions, comfrey ointment is also suitable for a sore baby bottom.
Nip & Lip Balm
Can be used to care for irritated nipples and as lip care.
Care and healing after birth as a sitz bath or dissolved in an intimate douche for rinsing. You can then also use it for your child.
To care for the irritated vulva.
Tea - Soft maternity bed
Supports the natural recovery and gives warmth and strength for the first time
Other products we recommend: large templates, Ooia briefs when the first strong flow of the week is over. A belly belt for the first time after the birth, for more stability and support.
We also love The Mama Set loungewear. Perfect for a relaxed postpartum bed - The extra soft fabric is very gentle on your skin and ensures ultimate comfort. The best thing, however, is that you can wear these clothes even without being pregnant and after your postnatal period without any problems.
Our postnatal checklist
Midweek & Birth Injuries
Postpartum pads without plastic/breathable (e.g. The weeks or Strampelpeter)
Calendula essence to treat birth injuries or navel remnant falling off. (e.g. Wala)
comfortable panties so that the maternity napkin stays in place and you have a good feeling. Pay attention to panties made of natural materials and no synthetic ones. We love Ooia's period pants when the first very strong flow of the week is over
Recovery Oil Spray, for treating birth injuries ( Mama Matters)
Buttocks shower to rinse off the vulva and perineal area. ( Bidelity )
Sitz bath station pharmacy
Postpartum massage oil to support the regression of abdominal tissue ( Bahnhof Apotheke )
Nursing Bras ( ooia )
Silver cones for irritated or inflamed nipples (Livella)
Nursing donut to promote milk flow or breast inflammation (B abybox Collection )
Nip & Lip Balm (Mama Matters)
Soft Maternity Bed Tea ( Into Life )
for the child
Diapers size 1 ( Lillydoo )
Wet wipes (Lillydoo ) or large cotton pads (e.g....)
Rose Tea Tree Hydrolat ( Bahnhof Apotheke )
Comfrey Ointment (Bahnhof Apotheke)
Hold Potty (child good)
Nest - for safe storage in between
Burp Cloths ( Babybox Collection )
As you can see, there are a number of things you can organize for your postpartum bed in advance. The last important point is nutrition during childbirth. Warm and strengthening meals not only give you and your baby nutrients, but also give energy and warmth from within. In traditional Chinese medicine, the postpartum period is considered to be the time when various deficiencies occur. With rest and the right diet, these can be compensated for again. Warm, freshly cooked meals three times a day are therefore recommended so that iron deficiency, fluctuations in the hormone balance and any injuries can heal again.
You can find more tips on nutrition in the postpartum cycle.