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If you are an expectant mom you may have heard about “Padsicles”. I can’t stress enough how grateful you’ll be to have a stock of these all made up and ready to use in the days following your baby’s birth. Here’s my personal Padsicle Recipe. I made these in the two weeks I had to prepare between leaving work and the birth of my daughter. They truly were lifesavers. I can’t explain the relief they provided. Here is how I did it:
Alcohol Free Witch Hazel
Aloe Vera Gel (Pure)
Large Sanitary Pads
Lavender Essential Oil (Optional)
The Witch Hazel helps close pores and heal skin.
The Lavender Essential Oil calms the skin and helps reduce inflammation.
The Aloe Vera Gel soothes, cools, and provides wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation.
If your local stores don’t stock these items here are links for what I liked/used:
Kotex Overnight Pads (recommended by my midwife)
Thayer’s Witch Hazel (alcohol free)
Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel (alcohol free)
Fabulous Frannie Lavender Essential Oil
• Unfold a pad (but leave the adhesive backings on)
• Soak the pad with witch hazel (the lid has a small opening that makes it easy to pour exactly where you want it. Not so much that it’s dripping, but enough that you’ll know it’s wet against your skin. About 2-3 tablespoons. I didn’t measure, just guesstimated. Make sure you put liquid all the way from the front to the back, not just the middle. Trust me on this one.
• Next put 2-3 drops of essential oil on the soaked pad, spaced out evenly.
• Squeeze a generous amount of aloe vera gel from front to back.
• I then took a spoon and spread the gel out thinly. Keeping in mind these will be going in the freezer, so try to spread it so it’s flat. I felt this also spread the lavender oil out a little more.
• That’s it! Fold the pads back up and place in a freezer bag and put them in the freezer.
How many you’ll want/need will vary between individuals. I’d say I used these at least once a day (more in the first few days) for close to two weeks. I had a friend who only needed them for a few days. You can always make a small supply and make more later if needed.
*Tip: Leave a few pads unfolded before freezing. When you are feeling really sore and desperate for the cool, soothing relief of a homemade padsicle, you’ll be glad you can just grab one that’s unfolded and ready to use. Otherwise, you may need to take a folded one out of the freezer and wait a few minutes for it to thaw enough to be unfolded and used. I would leave a few unfolded and try to remember to unfold a couple more for the next time.
For EXTRA relief, you may also want to pick up a packaged sitz bath mix.
My midwife gave me an all natural, locally made package that I brewed and added to my baths to provide relief and speed up the healing process.
It was similar to this:
Sitz Bath Soak by Birds & Bees Teas – Postpartum Relief Sitz Bath Herbs.
P.S. While you’re soaking in the the tub, this provides opportunity for Daddy/Baby bonding time.
So that’s what I did to get through the first 1-2 weeks at home after giving birth. These padsicles combined with a soothing soak in the tub every night were my saving grace. I hope this recipe brings you as much comfort and relief as it did for me.