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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Next add 1- 1 1/2 tablespoons Witch hazel. Pour it right down the center of the pad.
  4. Finish up with 3-4 drops of the lavender essential oils.
  5. 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.

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