Saturday, 30 January 2016

My V Kit review

This post is long overdue as Ophelia is 9 weeks old now but unfortunately we didn't have the best start to having our newborn as we'd liked which means I am now playing catch up.

I was asked if I would like to review My V Kit for when I had Ophelia. The kit is designed to help mothers after a vaginal delivery. It was designed by a lady who works in the medical field (always a bonus in my opinion) and she is also a mother of 4. She had vaginal deliveries on all 4 of her children so she has had experience in that area.

Now, unfortunately as you're probably aware by now, I had to have an emergency caesarean with Ophelia. However, I was in labour for quite a while so therefore I could still use a few of the products that were in the box afterwards. I also had a horrific vaginal delivery with Eva so I can assure you all of these products would be a lifesaver for the first few days after delivery.


My V kit comes in a beautifully packaged box which makes the contents discreet. There are options available to buy it without the box, shop



Each kit contains an information leaflet about the products, a kit bag, hand sanitiser, a condom, reusable gel pack, magnesium sulphate crystals, organic with hazel water, maternity pads and peri bottle.




The kit bag is an eco friendly bag. It fits well into your hospital bag. I also used it afterwards as a bag to store my maternity pads and I still use it now for sanitary towels.


Probably one of the most important products in the kit in my opinion is the hand sanitiser. As someone that works in an operating theatre we are obsessed with making sure no one gets an infection. I used this regularly during my week long stay in the hospital. It's handy to use between changing maternity pads, changing babies nappies, going in and out of the hospital showers etc. We all know how 'clean' hospitals are!! 
I ended up with a horrific infection after my vaginal delivery with Eva which led to me having an operation to fix up all the damage that it left behind. I can't stress enough how horrible that was so you really do need to protect yourself as best as possible from this. 

The reusable hot and cold pack was great for placing over my painful belly. A caesarean is a  very invasive procedure with lots of pushing and pulling so it's no wonder that you feel like you've been run over by a bus afterwards. I used to use it on my belly and also my back. 
If you've had a vaginal delivery, then it's ideal for sitting on. Many of the older nurses I work with gave me this advice after having Eva. You used to regularly see me sitting over a bag of frozen peas! 

Magnesium sulphate (epsom salts) are wonderful for the bath. My nan and mother in law used to always recommend these and swear by them. I used them a lot after I had Eva to help get rid of my infection. In fact I was advised to get in the bath as much as possible. They are great for relaxation and help promote all round general wellbeing.

I think the 2nd most valuable item in this kit is the witch hazel spray. I haven't used it this time around but I would have killed to have had it with Eva. Witch hazel is used to help healing. It helps to relieve swelling and bruises. I love the fact that it's in a spray as let's face it, your down below area is not the easiest of places to get access to. Plus it is then hands free so will help reduce the risk of infection. You can spray it directly onto yourself or onto you maternity pad.

I did use the maternity pads. They were very absorbent and comfortable to wear. You go through endless amounts of these so it's better to have good ones rather than cheap ones.

I didn't use the peri bottle but believe me if I could have had it with Eva it would have made going to the toilet easier, especially as i'd had stitches. I remember the first few days of trying to have a wee. I used to get the fear every time I felt I needed to go. How painful was that!!! The peri bottle helps dilute your urine which will help reduce that stinging feeling. You use it by filling it up with water (hot or cold) and aiming it down there when you go to the toilet. 

Last but not least is a condom. I'm sure most of us gasp at the thought of even entertaining the idea but just remember you are your most fertile after birth so it really is useful! I'm not telling you whether I used it!! 

Overall, I was really happy with this kit, even after having a caesarean. It's definitely something I am going to buy for people when they are pregnant. The products are invaluable and well thought out. It'll make the perfect unique, useful gift. 


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20 comments:

  1. This sounds a very useful little kit. I definitely would have needed this

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  2. Having had a planned csection I wouldn't have got much use out of all of these products but I love the idea behind it. I think the mother is sometimes forgotten once the baby is here and it's just assumed she's fine as you've got a lovely newborn! Xx

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  3. What a good idea, all new mums should get given one of these kits.

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  4. This sounds like such a good kit, it would be a fab baby shower gift! I'm not so sure I would have appreciated the condom though haha!

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  5. Oh wow! I haven't heard or seen these before. These look great, ill have to look again and purchase one for myself when I get closer to due date x

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  6. These are great products to have in a handy pack. I have many of these at home but would have been useful to have this kit after I gave birth this month. That way it's all clean and new to minimise any old germs and great to take to hospital x

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  7. Sounds wonderful although not sure about the addition of a condom - the last thing on my mind for months after birth, never mind weeks!

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  8. It's a really good idea to have all these things in one box so you know everything's prepared and in one place when you need them. I like how the packaging makes it look like quite a luxury item too x

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  9. That is a great pack, not everyone really knows what to buy for after birth so it is a great gift to give too. I would have loved lots of those things, and most of all telling me that it was good for me to use after.

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  10. We've never heard of a V Kit! Sounds helpful and perfect for a hospital bag! We'll be telling our pregnant friends.

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  11. I have never heard of this before, what a fab idea. Would make a great pressie to pop in a new mums bag.
    I remember well the pain and fear of trying to pee after the stitches from a 9lb baby.
    I agree on the showers not being the cleanest, so many need updating.

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  12. I have never heard of this, but it would have been amazing just after I give birth to my daughter - what a fantastic idea, and I love the packaging too

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  13. I think something like this should be offered at the hospital, one for csections, one for vaginal births. A very good little kit for new mummies x

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  14. I think this is a lovely idea but I wouldn't buy one for a new mother until after the birth. I was all set for a vaginal birth but ended up needing an emergency C Section. I felt like a total failure afterwards (especially as my sister told me I hadn't really given birth!) This box would have really upset me.

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  15. This sounds like a great idea. I guess tricky to know when to buy as best laid plans, you might not end up having a vaginal delivery. Good idea though x

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  16. I have never heard of these, they sound very useful and are a great idea. x

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  17. Oh, what a lovely idea. I guess if you buy it and don't use it due to a planned c-section or whatever, you can just pass it on to the next person you know to have a vaginal birth. I found witch hazel so good after birth. I used to put it on my maternity pads and it was so soothing. I also had an ice pack thing that was amazing after my first birth (I was in a lot of pain after a difficult delivery and it helped so much). x

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  18. Thank you Kerry for taking the time to review the kit even though it's been a rocky few months for you. Reading through the comments is flattering and humbling. It's great that everyone seems to understand the contents and idea behind the kit. I have changed the shop to allow items to be bought separately, so people can put together their own kits with the items they feel will be useful (a full v kit is still available) Reading comments about c-sections has led me to research whether it would be possible to put together a c-kit! Any top tips would be gratefully received :)

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  19. I have to admit I gasped when I saw the condom mentioned - as I remember my three vaginal births! I used to fill a plastic jug with warm water to pour 'down there' when I peed. This V kit does look great though. Kaz x

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  20. This looks like a great kit. All essentials after a vaginal delivery x

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