Making a baby is fun! It's heart warming, sexy and thrilling through every stage of the pregnancy.
But, let's be honest with each other, shall we? I try to keep the information on this blog unfettered and unfiltered. All real talk, all the time. Good, bad and ugly.
So, let's get to something no one ever really talks about during their wonderful pregnancy experience...
Birthing a baby can sometimes be a different experience for everyone. But it is the same for everyone in one specific way - the long healing process.
A couple of weeks before my tiny baby arrived, our doula recommended that I prepare and freeze some padsicles. Never heard of a padsicle before? Neither had I. So I scoured Pinterest, took a trip to CVS, and got to work.
Padsicles are sanitary pads covered in healing liquids - specifically aloe vera and witch hazel. They are then frozen to help soothe a new mother's lady parts. I truly believe the padsicles I made helped speed up my recovery time, and they made me feel loads better.
So if you, or a loved one, is about to push out a tiny (or not so tiny) baby, here are the steps to making Perfect Postpartum Padsicles.
1. Purchase the largest most extreme padded sanitary pads that you can find. Also, pick up some aloe vera, witch hazel, jojoba oil (or lavender oil), and a box of gallon freezer bags.
2. Open the pads, but keep them on their backing plastic, because you will need to re-wrap them. Next, pour two tablespoons of witch hazel over the pad, a tablespoon or so of aloe vera, and about a teaspoon of oil. Mush it all together inside the pad. Yes, it looks gross, but trust me, you will be thankful!
3. Wrap the pads back up, and store them inside of a freezer bag.
4. Tuck them away in your freezer until you come home after giving birth. Once you run out of the ice pads from the hospital, start to wear one of these. I recommend placing a towel underneath where you are sitting, just in case it leaks a little bit.
Spending time pretty much doing an art project with sanitary pads isn't necessarily an ideal way to spend an evening, and your birth partner will probably be bored out of their mind while you do it. or if they help you. But, like I said, I only speak the truth on this blog. So while your partner may be bored, the truth is that your lady parts will certainly thank you!
What other items comforted you after birth? (For me, I found happiness in an inflatable donut!)