If you're a mom, then you know what it's like to be postpartum. It's full of pain and frustration. For me labor was terrible. I'm talking 68 hours of labor, and 3 1/2 hours of pushing. But most of the time people don't tell you about what to expect the first couple of weeks postpartum.
It can be absolutely miserable.
There was one thing that I had prepared before I went into labor.
Padsicles. No, not popsicles. Padsicles. Have you heard of them? Either way, listen up. This could save you a lot of pain and cut down on your healing time.
Padsicles are a pad that has witch hazel, aloe vera gel, and an essential oil (if preferred) that you stick in the freezer, and then use it after you give birth to help with pain and healing.
1. Open up the pad, leaving the wing protectors intact.
2. Using a spoon spread about 2 tablespoons of aloe vera all over the pad. Front, back, middle, everywhere. (you'll want it everywhere after you give birth).
3. Squirt 4 tablespoons of the witch hazel all over the pad.
4. If you're going to use an essential oil place a few drops on the pad. Personally, I used a lavender scent.
5. Make sure it's all mixed well on the pad.
6. Carefully wrap the pad back up. The mixture will get on the wrapper, but that's okay because you'll eventually take it off when you use it.
7. Place the wrapped pads into a zip lock bag (gallon is best), and place it in the freezer.
I made my pads about 2 weeks before I was due.
Below are the products that you can find on Amazon to make it easier on yourself. I had to go to a couple different stores to get everything, so this just makes it much easier for you.
Just simply click on the pictures to purchase them on Amazon.
Witch hazel is a topical astringent derived from the bark and leaves of Hamamelis virginiana, the common or North American witch-hazel shrub. Native Americans have long recognized the medicinal properties of witch hazel and used a decoction of the boiled plant parts to treat skin irritations and tumors. (www.naturallivingideas.com/witch-hazel-uses/)
It has an anti-inflammatory effect and an indirect antibacterial effect that makes it an ideal choice for postpartum healing. Trust me, after giving birth your vajayjay is inflamed to the max.
Aloe Vera Gel is from the aloe plant, which is known as a "wonder plant. It is mostly used for skin conditions, but is also used for treating inflammation. Yes, again with the inflammation.
Maxi Pads. You're going to want the maxi size pads. I'm going to be honest, I even used adult diaper pads because I was bleeding so much. These are the ones that I used and they worked great.