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What the Heck is a Padsicle? DIY Postpartum Relief

What the heck is a padsicle you ask? Nope, it’s not a frozen treat to enjoy on a hot summer day. They are the ultimate pain relief go-to for your postpartum lady parts! Make them a few weeks before you are due, throw a few in your bag to bring to the hospital freezer, and have some ready for when you bring your bundle home. Ice is the most effective in the first 24-72 hours after delivery. They will help bring down the swelling and provide cool relief, making it easier to focus on your little one! They will also make sitting a LOT easier!

Here’s the recipe:

  1. Lay out pads on a large cookie sheet (choose the largest style pads and keep the paper backing on)
  2. Apply a liberal layer of aloe vera all over the pad (gel, not liquid concentrate). Aloe is soothing and promotes healing.
  3. Pour about a teaspoon of witch hazel (make sure it’s alcohol-free) over the aloe vera. Witch hazel is cleansing and moisturizes without causing irritation.
  4. Put in the freezer till frozen. Wrap each pad in tin foil or saran wrap and leave in the freezer until ready to use.

Also, don’t forget to bring home the peri-bottle from the hospital. This is a clear squeeze bottle that you will fill with cool water and use every time you need to use the bathroom. It will make peeing more comfortable and will help prevent infection.

Advil and Tylenol are also breastfeeding safe, and work well to decrease discomfort. I find the combo of Advil, Tylenol, and a padsicle to provide the best relief! Hang in there, the first few days after birth are the most tender but it will get better!!

Questions? As always, we are here to help! Reach out to your closest Mama Coach for more info on a private prenatal class in the comfort of your home!

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