Post C Section Recovery Kit – The Essentials

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Congratulations, you’ve just brought a tiny human into the world! Now comes the not-so-glamorous part: postpartum recovery. As you navigate the beautiful chaos of motherhood, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself too. The postpartum period can be a challenging time, both physically and emotionally.

Post c-section recovery kit, let’s talk about what’s really needed and how to make a c-section recovery easier!

With a list of essentials to help you navigate this wild ride known as the fourth trimester. From pain medication to supportive undies that make granny panties look chic, you’ll feel like yourself again in no time.

OB doctor holding newborn on operating table
Birth time 8:46 am

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I thought long and hard about my fellow c-section friends who may not have had the chance to prepare or just may not know exactly what they may need for their c-section recovery kit.  So I came up with a list of every single thing I found essential for my recovery, the best c-section recovery products to help you.  From the best underwear, and the best c-section scar treatment to the best belly band.

I know! I know! Here’s another blogger telling me what the best things to buy for c-section recovery.   As a labor and delivery nurse, I am always thinking about how I can help mamas during the postpartum phase, especially now that I have been on the other side. I’ve seen firsthand what can happen to our lady parts and how difficult a C-section recovery can be for some.  I also don’t want moms going out and purchasing a bunch of stuff they don’t need or may never use.  That’s where the idea of a c-section recovery kit came in, let’s stick to the essentials.   

Lots of these items will be essential for both a c-section and a vaginal postpartum recovery kit. 

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C Section Recovery Essentials

Motrin– Follow all recommendations for medication given by your provider!  By discharge, I no longer needed strong pain medication but kept my prescription handy if needed.  Motrin was a great alternative for the mild c-section pain I had while at home.  It’s also great to have on hand as you become more active at home.

Colace Colace and a cup of coffee make everything better. Period.

For Scar Healing-  ScarAway was recommended by my doctor.   Be sure there are no open areas and your wound is in the healing phase before use.  These are reusable sheets applied directly to your scar.  They are also washable.  How you heal will help you determine whether or not you need to use these.  If your scars keloid, this is a must-have C-section recovery kit option.

Sometimes an attempt at a vaginal delivery can turn into a c-section. So I wanted to list some other pain management options you could add to your C-section recovery kit.

Tucks padsThese are not just great for the discomfort of hemorrhoids, but they are also wonderful for vaginal swelling and discomfort from vaginal tears and lacerations.  They are very soothing with a cooling effect.

Dermoplast–  Helps relieve vaginal discomfort.  Works really well in combo with tucks and ice packs.

Ice packSome moms swear by continued use of ice packs well past the first 24 hours.  They are a great comfort measure for swelling, tears, and lacerations.  Just add a little water to make them even cooler.

Best Peri Bottle– Yes, a peri bottle aka perineal irrigation bottle is not just a must-have for vaginal deliveries but it is also a must for c-section mamas. Reaching, grabbing, and bending over can not only be slightly difficult, but in the early days, it can be downright painful. Upside Down Peri Bottle for your c-section recovery kit is the best option. It’s soothing, especially if you may have labored to start. Also, it’s designed for upside-down use and provides a steady stream of water with an angled neck.

The Frida Mom Postpartum Kit is especially great for moms whose c-section was unplanned and labored for sometime.

The kit includes:

  • disposable postpartum underwear
  • instant ice pads
  • perineal healing foam
  • perineal cooling pad liners
  • a storage caddy

Honey Pot pads are glorious! Think lavender and mint with a cooling sensation.

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C-Section Recovery Must Haves

Best postpartum belly band- 3 in 1 Postpartum Support provides greater support and stability than the average hospital belly band.  You won’t need to constantly readjust, therefore it will provide the support needed to help decrease discomfort and hold it all together.

High waist panties– Let me tell you if you haven’t experienced the hospital’s Victoria’s Secret underwear you’re missing out!  They are the most comfortable pair of underwear I’ve ever put on.  If you’ve already had a baby vaginally or c-section, you know what I’m talking about.  These high-waist panties are the next best thing!

C-Section Panty– These get good reviews from moms, they were made for C-section patients.  They are high-waist compression underwear.

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Taking care of yourself during the c-section recovery process is essential for a smooth and speedy recovery. Stocking up on essentials such as comfortable clothing, pain relief medication, and good healthy snacks can make all the difference in helping you heal. Remember to listen to your body, rest as much as possible, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from loved ones.

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Related: Postpartum Essentials List For Mom & Baby

Frequently Asked Questions

Dos and Don’ts after a C Section


    • Contact your doctor with any concerns you may have without hesitation.
    • Take only medication prescribed and approved by your doctor.
    • Start moving as soon as possible at a pace that you can tolerate.
    • Stay hydrated.
    • Keep as much as you can close by.
    • Get help with physical needs when needed.
    • Rest when baby rests.
    • Splint your incision when coughing using a pillow or your hands to support your incision site.


    •  Lift nothing heavier than your newborn.
    • Don’t hesitate to reach out to family, friends, and your provider if you have feelings of sadness.  
    • Don’t resume sex immediately, 6 weeks is recommended.
    • Don’t be afraid to accept help

Pain Management

    • Ice
    • Rest
    • Relaxation
    • Medications prescribed by your doctor

Postpartum Bleeding

Use your pads for your bleeding, which is lochia, not tampons.

Constipation and Hemorrhoids

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • A good diet is important.
  • Walk when you can tolerate it.
  • Use witch hazel and dermoplast as needed for discomfort.

C-Section Recovery Emotions

As a labor nurse, I’ve seen many patients have feelings of disappointment or sadness because they had to have a c-section.  These are all normal feelings, especially if it is unexpected.

It’s so necessary and important to talk through these emotions with your partner and your provider.

What To Wear After C-Section

Comfortable, breathable, and the least restrictive.  The leggings mentioned above are the best!  I won’t even share with you how often I wear those leggings. Lol.

C-Section Recovery Time

Recovery time varies from person to person, but for most of us, we need the full 6 weeks to heal.  Go slow and rest.

Best C Section Recovery Products

    • Comfortable postpartum clothing
    • High waist panties
    • Belly Band
    • Postpartum pads
    • Peri bottle
    • Scar healing
    • Colace
    • Motrin

Note: This post was NOT created to provide medical advice, please consult your medical provider.


  • tyre reese
    September 24, 2020 at 6:38 am

    I remember all these things on your list because they scattered all through house but conveniently placed. I’m sure new mothers will find this informative post very helpful. Great post!! Love you!

    • Mo
      September 24, 2020 at 11:00 am

      haha I couldn’t live without them!


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