DIY Padsicles: Cold Packs for Postpartum Recovery

If you are planning on a vaginal childbirth, then you can also plan on having a sore *ahem* private area after delivery. Pushing a tiny human from your body is no small feat. Congrats, Momma! Now let’s make sure you’re taking care of you so you can be the best mom to your new bundle of joy.

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Padsicles are an amazing frozen treat for your tender nether-regions. I’ve taken extra care to make sure the ‘ingredients’ I’m recommending (and using to make my own batch of these bad boys) are clean and free of harmful toxins. Here’s what you’ll need:

Heavy Overnight Pads — Look for pads that are free of chlorine and fragrance. Your reproductive organs are extra sensitive to toxins during postpartum so now is a great time to start investing in cleaner feminine care products if you haven’t already. These and these are great options.
Witch Hazel — Look for alcohol-free. Witch hazel will help to tone everything down there and provide relief. I like this brand.
Herbal Sitz Bath Satchel — This is optional, but I like to take some of the liquid from a sitz bath satchel and use this on the pad for extra relief. I love these because they are organic and made with herbs specifically for postpartum moms.
Aloe Vera Gel — This is one you need to be extra careful with! If you aren’t using gel straight from a plant, you need to really check the ingredients on the bottle. Many aloe vera gels have fragrance, formaldehyde releasers, and dyes that are totally unnecessary and harmful to our health. Check out this one!
Lavender Essential Oil — Not necessary but it smells nice and can help speed up healing.
Large Storage Bag — To keep your beautiful stash of padsicles in the freezer. Plastic ziplock bags work fine, but I prefer something more sustainable like these.

Padsicle Step-by-Step

  1. Let your sitz bath satchel steep in a bit of water for a few minutes
  2. Unfold your pad
  3. Saturate the pad with the witch hazel and your sitz bath liquid – about two tablespoons each
  4. Spoon about two tablespoons of aloe onto the pad
  5. Add a couple of drops of lavender oil
  6. Use the back of a spoon to spread the aloe mixture evenly over the pad
  7. Gently refold your pad
  8. Put your pads in your bag and into the freezer they go

Once you’re ready to feel the sweet, cold, relief, simply remove the pad from the freezer and let it sit out for a bit and then use it as you would a regular pad. These do melt as you wear them, so consider sitting on a towel or in a place you don’t mind leaving a bit of a puddle.

I hope this helps heal your amazing body. Congrats again, momma!

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