The miracle of post partum padsicles is real and it’s a game changer! I just had my second child and with each I can tell you these made a world of difference. Everyone talks about the joy of welcoming a new baby but you don’t hear very often about the post partum care you’ll need and want to do.
Here’s my unfiltered how to guide on creating your own DIY padsicles to help with your post partum recovery!
In the hospital after giving birth your labor nurse should give you the essentials you need to start your recovery. After both of my children’s births the recovery nurse gave me:
- Mesh underwear
- Squirt bottle
- Perineal ice packs
- Large pads
- Witch hazel pads or bottle of witch hazel (alcohol free)
- Dermaplast! *Stock up at the hospital! Especially when it comes to the Dermaplast spray because it ranges from $12 to $14 dollars in the pharmacy.
- Optional essential oil – Tea Tree Oil or Lavender Oil
Post Partum Padsicles – First 5 Days
The first five days or so after giving birth I used perineal ice packs to help with the swelling. With my latest birth, the hospital didn’t have ready activated cold packs, so unfortunately I had to wait for the nurse each time I wanted one. This is not ideal, but you can order these as well from Amazon or go to the pharmacy. I used the perineal ice pack as my base for those first 5 days instead of the bulky pads. However, if you are using a different type of ice pack you may still need the pads at this point.
On top of the ice pack, I would lay out the witch hazel pads, both of the hospitals I used gave these to me. I’d then pack it all in with the mesh underwear that they provided.
When you go to the bathroom the nurse will also give you a squirt bottle to fill with warm water, if you’ve had stitches to help ease any stinging. You’ll also have the Dermaplast spray to help numb the stitches as well.
Post Partum Padsicles – Part Two
After about five days, I noticed that the perineal ice packs weren’t helping anymore so I went to my part two padsicles!
Step 1: Use your squirt bottle with warm water while using the bathroom
Step 2: Spray with Dermaplast the affected area to help numb the pain.
Step 3: Open a large overnight pad.
Step 4: Instead of freezing my pads, I spread about two tablespoons of cooling aloe gel across the pad.
Step 5: Optional – I sprinkled a few drops of Tea Tree Oil for its healing powers. Some find the smell of Tea Tree too potent and have recommended Lavender Oil as well.
Step 6: Sprinkle about two tablespoons of Witch Hazel across the pad. *Make sure it’s alcohol free!
I can tell you that post labor and delivery these padsicles are heaven sent!