A lot of message board posts and blogs recommend making homemade padsicles with witch hazel. Basically, these are pads soaked in various ingredients, then frozen and used for relief during the postpartum period. Make or buy these pads ahead of time so you can use them the first days after birth. These are great for reducing swelling, aches and pains after a vaginal birth. Remember, you need to care for yourself too!
Padsicles, or frozen sanitary pads, supposedly ease discomfort, swelling and inflammation in your vaginal area after the birth of your baby. Many women claim they help ease hemorrhoids also. Since you will be bleeding and wearing a pad after birth anyway, it might as well be a frozen pad with a little extra to help you feel better! According to Midwifery.com, witch hazel has soothing, anti-inflammatory properties which can be applied directly to the skin for a cooling effect.
Make padsicles ahead of time and freeze them. You will be so glad you did!
You can take any recipe for padsicles and just make them without the witch hazel. The frozen pad alone will help sooth your perineal area.
Moms also swear by Tucks pads that are ready-made witch hazel squares. You can keep these in the fridge for some additional relief. Line them in your pad/underwear whenever you feel pain or discomfort after birth. Use them after bathroom trips to avoid or reduce inflammation and hemorrhoids. Double-check to make sure they don’t have alcohol in them as this will sting.
Take a newborn diaper, rip open the seam in the end. Fill the diaper with crushed ice, then line tucks along it like pepperonis on a sub. Stick the whole diaper thing in your underwear. The ice should be within the diaper, not directly against your skin. The ice will numb and soothe your fire crotch, and the diaper absorbs the post partum blood. Lifesaver!
MamaNatural writes about some alternative padsicle recipes featuring ingredients like lavender and calendula. Check out her recipes if you want to get creative with these other alternative ingredients or even concoct herbal sprays, etc.
Are you too busy to make your own frozen padsicles? Here are several Amazon merchants selling some padsicle kits or actual ready-made pads: