If you have read the posts “Recovering from Childbirth: 20+ Moms Share Their Wisdom”, you know that “padsicles” come highly recommended! They are basically a cold compress for down there that also includes a few ingredients to aid in healing and soothing the pains associated with child birth. The recommended amount to make before delivery is 30.
I would suggest throwing a few in your delivery bag as well when the time comes. A nurse at the hospital should be able to store them in a freezer if you ask. Here is a quick guide on how to make them!
What you will need
- Pads: If you’ve read my post on packing my hospital bag, you know I swear by these pads. They are by far the most absorbent, yet non-bulky pads for anything postpartum!
- Witch Hazel
- Aloe Vera (I would suggest buying a large tub of this before baby arrives! It comes in handy for sore nipples too! Read more on that here!)
- Lavender Essential Oils. I use this brand in my diffuser at home and highly recommend it. It’s a large quantity for a low price, yet it is still a great quality oil!
- Large freezer storage bags
How to make them
- Unfold the pad and lay flat on counter top. I would lay out 5 at a time to get a sort of assembly line going.
- Start with the Aloe Vera. Spread the gel from the front of the bad to the back. Don’t be stingy with it! You want a full zig zag of gel from the front to the back.
- Next add 1- 1 1/2 tablespoons Witch hazel. Pour it right down the center of the pad.
- Finish up with 3-4 drops of the lavender essential oils.
- Refold the pad and put into large storage bag for the freezer.
When you are ready to use, remove and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before using.
Be sure to share with all the expectant mothers you know! They will love you for it!