After I delivered my daughter, I was in some very serious pain. No one ever told me that was going to happen! I remember begging my nurse to give me a few of the pads that you crack and they instantly become ice packs to take home. They seemed to be the only thing that helped ease some of the sting. Only problem was that she only gave me three. Ugh! Now that I’m down to 3 weeks until I deliver our second girl, I am on a mission to find relief beforehand. I’m all about being prepared this time around! Here is where Padsicles come into play, as they are such an easy and amazing DIY for postpartum.
Make about 20 – 24 (I made a full 24) pads with aloe vera, witch hazel and lavender essential oil. Store them in the freezer and when you get home, you have a handful of soothing pads in your first few days home. The aloe vera and witch hazel have healing properties, so it will actually aid in your healing while giving you some relief. The lavender is just a calming addition. My 5 year old had a blast helping me make these, she spread the aloe vera for me in our little assembly line. Here are the directions to make these yourself!
1. Apply liberal layer of aloe vera all over pad (gel, not liquid concentrate)
2. Pour about a teaspoon of witch hazel (make sure it’s alcohol-free) over the aloe vera
3. Sprinkle on a few drops of lavender essential oil
4. Wrap each pad in tin foil and freeze for use in your early postpartum days