The media definitely does it’s job informing women that labor and childbirth are no walk in the park. Sure, they overexaggerate quite a few aspects of it, in what seems to be an attempt to prevent procreation, but at least you don’t go in blind. Postpartum care though is almost never brought up! So, true to form, I’ll just be straight with you-
your vagina may explode.
LOL! That’s the extreme, but I’ve heard enough horror stories from my girlfriends that I’m going in with the mindset that even though the worst may occur, it DOES heal! Kegal exercises, postpartum yoga, plenty of water, and postpartum padsicles will speed the healing so I’m getting prepared.
Some online articles discuss heavy bleeding for days, gigantic mattress size maxi pads, and mesh panties worn for days. Ummm…that’s not really my style.
Gas, bloating, huge uterus?
I’ve packed my MS Panties from UpSpringBaby that hold your tummy in to reduce bloating, help you release gas, and hold your flabby tummy in tight. I’m also encapsulating my placenta which heps your uterus shrink back to size faster.
Hemorrhoids? Torn labia and perineum?
So not sexy. The recipe below will help with those too.
I’ve made Postpartum Padsicles that I’m bringing to the hospital/birth center. You’ll need:
- Organic cotton maxi pads
- Witch hazel (non astringent, alcohol free)
- Aloe vera
- Lavendar essential oil (non synthetic, alcohol free)
- Tin foil
- Freezer bags
Total: $30-35 which I consider a bargain compared to days of pain and heavy bleeding.
Step 1: Spread at least 1tbsp of PURE aloe vera gel onto the pads. This aids in the healing.
Step 2: Pour witch hazel onto the pads generously. Witch hazel decreases pain, swelling, itching from episiotomy, tearing, and hemorrhoids.
Step 3: Sprinkle a few drops of lavendar across the pads to calm and ease swelling.
Then wrap in tin foil flat or roll like I did mine. I rolled so I could save more space, but now I’m wondering if they’ll stick together. Whoops, rookie mistake.
Store in a gallon size freezer bag and take 1 at a time out allowing to thaw a bit before using so it doesn’t stick to your very sensitive lady parts.
I only made 8 because I’m taking the first set to the hospital in a cooler, but you could also make them as you go and keep the ingredients in the refridgerator for the cooling aspect without having to freeze and dethaw. And, don’t hesitate to put the ingredients on a cloth diaper insert, piece of fleece, cotton balls, or tampon (horzontal and not to be inserted). Use whatever you have handy to get some relief so you can focus on your baby.