DIY PADsicles for Postpartum Comfort
A PADsicle! What? A popsicle? NO! A PADsicle
That’s right we are talking about the FAMOUS PADsicle today. This may be one of your most prized possessions once you are back home with your new baby. So read on for directions on how to get some amazing relief. The best part? You can make these while you are still pregnant to use after your new baby arrives! Better yet: your birth doula, antepartum doula, or even your postpartum doula can make them for you while you start check off the other one billion things on your to-do list.
- The largest Maxi Pads you can find (we recommend these or these)
- Witch Hazel (we like this and this)
- Aloe Vera Gel (get you some of this or this)
- Spray Bottle (something like this, but honestly you can survive without this)
- Aluminum foil/freezer bag/plastic wrap
- Essential oils (we recommend Lavender- calms swelling/Frankincense- supports tissue regeneration and prevents scarring/Geranium- helps heal broken capillaries and conditions skin/Rosemary- fights infection and inflammation)
- Step 1: Fill your spray bottle about halfway up with witch hazel
- Step 2: Add 5-10 drops of each essential oil (if you choose)
- Step 3: Top off with witch hazel
- Step 4: Open up a few pads at a time, don’t detach the wrapper. Apply and spread a generous amount of aloe vera up and down the whole pad. Trust us on this!
- Step 5: Spray with spray bottle mixture- enough to dampen the pad but not soak it through
- Step 6: Let the pad dry some, then wrap with your choice of material, or wrap back in wrapper and store in freezer. You can use a galloon zipper bag if you wish.
After baby, use 3-4 pads per day straight from the freezer to soothe and heal! Pull them out and let them thaw for two or three minutes before use.
EXTRA TIP: The spray bottle concoction you made can be used as a perineum healing spray!