After giving birth, your body undergoes major changes, and postpartum recovery can be challenging. One trick to ease discomfort and aid in healing is making your own "padsicles". These are sanitary pads soaked in a soothing mixture and then frozen, providing relief from inflammation during this sensitive time.

What are "Padsicles" and Why Use Them?

Padsicles are sanitary napkins that have been infused with healing and soothing ingredients and then frozen. They are commonly used during the postpartum period to help with pain, swelling, and discomfort around the perineal area. Padsicles can also provide relief from hemorrhoids and general soreness associated with childbirth.

The Benefits of Padsicles:

  • Reduce swelling: The cold temperature of the padsicle can help reduce swelling and inflammation in the perineal area.
  • Pain relief: Padsicles can help numb the area, providing relief from pain and discomfort.
  • Soothe itching and irritation: The ingredients used in padsicles can help soothe itching and irritation, promoting faster healing.
  • Promote healing: Padsicles can promote healing by keeping the area clean and moisturized.

How to Make Padsicles:

Making padsicles at home is easy and requires just a few ingredients. Many expectant mamas like to make them ahead of time and have them in the freezer for when they get home after giving birth!

Ingredients:

  • Large, heavy sanitary pads (avoid those with added scents or chemicals)
  • Witch hazel (alcohol free): Has astringent properties that can help reduce swelling and soothe irritation.
  • Aloe vera gel (use pure aloe vera, nothing with added chemicals): Known for its soothing and healing properties. 
  • Lavender essential oil (optional): Can help promote relaxation and reduce inflammation.

Instructions:

  1. Lay out the sanitary pads on a clean surface. Keep the backing on the sticky part or lay the pads sticky side down on aluminum foil.
  2. Sprinkle or spray witch hazel on the pad, it should be saturated but not soaked. 
  3. Using a spoon, gently spread a generous layer of aloe vera gel over the surface of each pad.
  4. If desired, add a drop or two of lavender essential oil to each pad for a calming effect.
  5. Fold the pads back up and place them in a freezer-safe bag.
  6. Store the padsicles in the freezer until needed.

How to Use Padsicles:

  • After giving birth, remove a padsicle from the freezer and let it thaw for a few minutes.
  • Place the padsicle in your postpartum underwear with the aloe vera side against your skin.
  • Replace the padsicle as needed. It's a good idea to change the padsicle at least every four hours just as you would a regular pad.

Use with Davin & Adley's Mia Boxer Short that has an extra wide crotch gusset lined in cotton for front to back coverage designed to discreetly hold your padsicle in place and not shift or bunch up.

Witch hazel is an excellent natural remedy on it's own too. Soak a cotton pad in witch hazel and use it as a wipe or tuck it against a particularly sore spot. Alternatively, put your witch hazel in a spray bottle for soothing relief from pain and swelling.

Padsicles are a simple yet effective way to find relief and promote healing during the postpartum period. Keep a stash in your freezer for those days when everything hurts and remember the pain won't last forever!

May 10, 2024