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.