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So, funny story. Before I discovered I was pregnant with Mckenna, I had my eye on a DivaCup. I had wanted to try one for the longest time for a whole list of reasons, and decided I absolutely had to with my next cycle. Well, that purchase never had to be made because I found out I was pregnant and we were SO overcome with excitement!
Fastforward to the end of August. 10 months postpartum. While we were in South Carolina my chin started to break out like crazy. My milk supply dipped. I got a little cranky here and there with Cory. All the signs were there, but I just honestly didn’t even think about it. A day after we got home, my period came back and boy was I said that I didn’t have a DivaCup on hand!
Now, I know what some of you are thinking. What in the world is a DivaCup? It’s an invention that every girl and woman must own. A DivaCup is a menstrual cup that you insert into your vagina when you have your period (it can even be inserted on the day you’re supposed to get your period if you’re pretty regular) and it collects the blood. You can leave it in place for 12 hours and it provides 12 hours of leak-free protection! I know, right? You use this reusable cup in place of pads and tampons and just wash it with DivaWash and warm water between uses. I found my DivaCup and my DivaWash at Walgreens and after my first use, I don’t plan on going back to tampons ever again!
Just the fact that I won’t have to spend $10 per month on tampons seriously makes me want to do cartwheels! Not to mention how much more eco-friendly it is!
Tips to Surviving Your First Postpartum Period
1. Get a DivaCup: No, but seriously. Get one before you think your period will return so that you have it on hand because trust me, you’re going to want it! It’s made of 100% healthcare grade silicone and is chemical free! (There’s no telling what they put in pads and tampons these days). Be sure to read the User Guide prior to use and it’s wise to contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions. Check here to find where to buy one near you: Store Locator.
2. Have Pain Control Handy: For some reason, my first period postpartum with both of my girls wasn’t the most pleasant. Lots of cramping and just feeling uncomfortable. Having a heating pad and ibuprofen on hand was a lifesaver.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Rest: Along with cramping comes with fatigue. I was just exhausted and couldn’t get enough sleep. Snuggle up with that baby of yours and take a nap. Sleeping when baby sleeps isn’t just for those first couple of months, right?
4. Practice Self Care: Self care can mean a number of things. It can mean that you rest more as I mentioned above. It can mean treating yourself to your favorite dark chocolate candy bar, taking some time to do your favorite restful activity like knitting or reading, or it could mean practicing some meditation to help control symptoms of PMS. Whatever your form of self-care is, do what you need to do to care for yourself!
^^ Click the image above to head over and buy your own DivaCup! ^^
That first period after baby isn’t easy, but if you take the steps I mentioned above, hopefully it won’t be completely awful. Now let’s talk!
Have you used The DivaCup before?
If not, is it something you’d be interested in trying?