1. What is the fourth trimester?
The fourth trimester is commonly used to describe the first three months after childbirth. During this immediate postpartum period, new moms experience drastic physical and emotional changes as she recovers from childbirth, learns how to breastfeed, and adapts to her role as the mother of a new baby.
2. How did you select the products for each care kit?
For each Fourth Trimester Mama care kit, we have carefully selected products that are the essentials for postpartum recovery and breastfeeding care. You won't find peripherally useful items that might get a try once or twice and then sit in a drawer, forgotten. We talked to new and seasoned moms about what they actually used during postpartum (and pulled from our experiences), researched the bestsellers among mom-trusted brands, and curated the list of products down to ones that are loved by moms almost universally. Products that made the cut are all made with natural ingredients and are organic where possible. Many are made by mom-owned companies.
3. I am buying a kit for myself. When should I make the purchase?
For pregnant moms, the third trimester is an ideal time to purchase your care kit. Many items are great to be packed into your hospital bag for use immediately following birth.
For currently postpartum and/or breastfeeding moms, it’s not too late to begin self care now. Most moms will get regular use out of each item well into the fourth trimester (and beyond, especially for the breastfeeding bundle!). And, express shipping is available to get you TLC as soon as possible.
4. I am looking for a gift for my pregnant friend / sister / wife. Is a Fourth Trimester Mama care kit appropriate as a gift?
In short...yes! We are so glad to see friends and family members thinking so thoughtfully about how to support the new mom in their life. Fourth Trimester Mama care kits are the best postpartum recovery and breastfeeding care kits for new moms, providing all the essentials to help her heal after having a baby and establish a positive breastfeeding journey. In fact, over 50% of our orders are gifts purchased for a new mom.
5. What else can I do to prepare for postpartum recovery?
We encourage pregnant women to start planning for the postpartum period during the third trimester. As you begin preparing for birth and how to take care of a newborn, remember that you will also be born as a new person - a mother. Post birth hormones will affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally, and you may not recognize yourself for a few months. This is all completely normal and part of the journey into motherhood. Be prepared as best you can (tip: use our Postpartum Plan as a free resource), and give yourself grace during the postpartum period.
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