DIY padsicles you say?
Yes! DIY padsicles are all the rage right now and for good reason too. Women who are postpartum everywhere swear by these!
If you have no idea what on earth I am talking about let me rewind just a little bit for you.
WHAT IS A PADSICLE?
A padsicle is a wonderful thing that all women who have had a natural birth need to help with healing.
A padsicle is a frozen pad just like the ones you would use when you have your menstrual cycle except that they are frozen and have some lovely healing ingredients in them.
If you had a natural birth and experienced perineal tearing to any degree or have swelling or any other type of trauma “down there” then padiscles are going to be a game changer for you.
Padsicles give you instant relief after experiencing any time of trauma after having given birth.
They allow for a cooling effect and the essential oils help to give you a quicker recovery.
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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A PADSICLE:
Maxi pads – I always feel that these will work better than the thin flimsy ones.
When you bleed postpartum it is usually quite heavy especially in those first few days after you have given birth.
The chunky ones will serve you much better and last longer too.
It’s best to get an unscented witch hazel that does not contain any alcohol. This will be much more friendly on your lady bits and therefore should not cause any irritation.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is wonderful for helping to keep moisture locked in.
It also has added benefits of vitamins and minerals which are responsible for the cooling effect that you will get from the padsicle.
Cold pressed aloe vera gel is always better.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil is said to help have anti inflammatory properties.
This can help to speed up your healing process, plus it smells so good. Bonus!
You will need freezer bags to keep your padiscles secure in the freezer
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN POSTPARTUM PADSICLES
1. Open your first pad but don’t take it off the packet.
Just open it so that it is laid flat on its plastic sheet.
2. Next, you need to add the aloe vera gel to the pad.
Use the back on the spoon to spread the aloe vera gel if that makes it easier.
3. Use either a teaspoon or a clean water spray bottle to saturate the pad all over with the witch hazel.
If you are using a teaspoon use about 4 teaspoons per pad.
4. Add a couple of drops of the lavender essential oil to the pad.
This step is optional, so don’t worry if you don’t have the lavender oil. If you like you can swop it out for a different essential oil. Just make sure it won’t irritate you down there.
5. Fold the pad back to how it was originally and gently reseal it.
6. Repeat this process as many times as you like depending on how many pads you think you will need.
7. Put the pads into the ziplock bag and place into the freezer ready for use.
DIY PADSICLES READY FOR USE
Simply take them out of the freezer and use as normal.
If you find them too cold you can let them thaw for a few minutes before you use them.
The pads will still have the small cooling effect even if they have already defrosted.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON MAKING AND USING PADSICLES
Padsicles are a wonderful way to get some relief down there after childbirth. They are very straight forward to make can be done in a few short minutes.
If you are unsure about using these, perhaps begin with a few and see how you feel about them before you make up a huge batch.
I would advise that you make these as part of the things you do in your third trimester.
You don’t want to wait until you have given birth before preparing them.
You’ll be so relieved to have them ready and waiting.
Postpartum bleeding can last for up to 6 weeks and this varies from woman to woman.
The first few days of your postpartum bleeding will be quite heavy so make sure you have enough padsicles to take you through that period.
If you are ever in any doubt about anything, contact your doctor immediately.
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