DIY Postpartum Padsicles
These pads were honestly the best thing that ever happened to me when I used them after the birth of my second child. I had no idea about the pain and discomfort that would occur 'down there' after childbirth and when Fred (baby no. 1) was born I was completely miserable - unable to sit comfortably, scared of needing a wee or a poo and finding walking completely torturous. As with all these things, my stitches dissolved, the swelling died down and the pain went away - but I didn't forget it. Oh no. I feared this pain more than I feared having to give birth again! So, I did a little research and came across these little miracles. They take 10 minutes to make and the ice cold JOY they bring is fantastic.
You will need:
- A pack of Sanitary towels or cloth pads (Boots Ultraslim maternity pads are good)
- Witch hazel (alcohol free)
- Aloe Vera gel
- Essential oils (see below for suggestions)
1) Before you start make sure you have clean hands! You need to keep your vaginal area as clean as possible during the postpartum period.
2) Take a pad and open it up – make sure you keep the wrapper as you will need this again.
3) Add a teaspoon of witch hazel across the entire area of the pad (make sure to use alcohol free witch hazel, we definitely don’t want any alcohol down there. OUCH!)
4) Next, add two to three teaspoons of Aloe Vera gel and spread this across the entire area also, mixing it in with the witch hazel.
5) If you fancy adding some essential oils add a few drops across the length of the pad. Here are some options:
Lavender Oil - calms swelling and inflammation of the skin
Rosemary Oil - helps to fight infection.
6) Carefully fold the pads back into their packaging, and store in a freezer bag in the freezer. Make sure to let whoever you live with know that you are planning on storing sanitary towels in the freezer, before they get a surprise whilst looking for oven chips!
These pads still have 'space' to absorb any post-partum bleeding but on day one/two when the bleeding is at its heaviest you may need to use the bigger, non-icicled pads or change them more regularly.
I hope you find these pads as helpful and pain relieving as I did. Oh and be a dear - share this with your friends! Spread the word! I believe every new Mother needs to know about Padsicles.
The beautiful illustration above is by Harriet Lee Merrion (from Pinterest) but just to balance things out I thought I'd end with this, for a giggle.