My first pregnancy led me to do a lot of research and a lot of preparing. I wanted to be as ready both mentally and physically as I could be for the exciting journey. But unlike most mothers to be, I was more focused on post-partum care. I was not scared of childbirth. I knew that no matter how it went, chances were pretty good that both my baby and I would make it out alive-healthy and happy. And so because I knew I could do the very possible act of bringing my child into the world, I focused on what my body would benefit from after it was all said and done.
For post-partum care, I prepared a lot of food. I made snacks, sides, and meals that I could store in the freezer for easy access. It all was so helpful because my main priority was providing nourishment for my little one. I prepared sitz bath packages that included Epsom salts and calendula. At the time of bathing, I would add witch hazel and lavender essential oil. These packages did play a role in my healing process but not quite as much as I had hoped for. I found I had next to no time for indulging in luxury bathing opportunities. The one thing that I had prepared that was the ultimate game changer were padsicles. They offered me a sense of refreshment while also providing natural healing benefits.
Okay so what the hell is a padsicle?
A padsicle is a woman’s sanitary pad treated with individually chosen all natural properties which is then placed in the freezer. After a vaginal birth, tearing or no tearing, stitches or no stitches, this frozen pad smeared with nature’s goo is a vag’s dream come true. It is what will get you and your swollen vagina through the day.
What you need
- A package of pads*
- Aloe Vera gel to promote healing with soothing comfort
- Alcohol-free Witch Hazel to cleanse the area (Thayer’s brand carries a great line of non-alcoholic hazels)
- Box of large freezer bags
- Optional: Essential Oils (I used lavender for its gentle healing properties and delightful feminine scent)
*Note: For pads, I recommend using overnighters with wings. It is unbelievable how much we bleed right after childbirth. I actually used Always overnight pads (with the purple wrapping). I did not use an organic or all-natural brand because I had heard mixed reviews of them and I wanted these babies to work magic! I made up the whole package of 36 pads and used them all (I used 2-3 a day). . I didn’t hesitate to make all 36 since I knew I had expecting friends I could donate them to had I ended up with a C-section. Make them in batches if you do not have anyone to pass them off to since the ingredients for padsicles are precious-don’t waste them!
1. Open the pads and remove the inner paper layer. Leave on the backing as you will be re-wrapping them back up for the freezer. Without the backing, the pads will freeze together upon contact and rip apart when thawed.
2. Pour a heaping tablespoon of aloe Vera gel onto the sanitary pad and spread it all over. Make sure to reach the side edges as well.
3. Squirt or poor on another tablespoon or so of the witch hazel and a few drops of your chosen essential oil, if using. Mix the liquids in with the gel.
4. Wrap your pads back up and place them in batches in large freezer bags.
5. Store in the freezer until it’s time to heal. Remove and let thaw for a few minutes before wearing.
- Should you happen to get hemorrhoids from pushing your baby out (or had them prior); the overnight padsicles have got you covered! All the healing properties also work magic for those unwanted loiterers.
- Some choose to combine the witch hazel and essential oil to make it easier to spread on to the pad. The combination of the two also makes for a great perineal spray. Simply place them in a spray bottle and spritz your area after going to the washroom, after bathing, or whenever you need a little extra love down there.
Did you ladies prepare any padsicles for yourselves? If so, what's your verdict on the subject-I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences!