When I was getting myself ready for the arrival of Baby #2, I was doing my best to prepare for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-Section). I was a little hesitant to stock up on postpartum essentials for a vaginal birth—mostly because part of me was doubting that a VBAC would happen. I didn’t want to get my hopes up.
One thing that I convinced myself to do (just in case the whole VBAC thing worked out) was to create Padscicles. Padsicles are maxi pads that are covered in a mixture of witch hazel and aloe vera and then frozen. Mamas who delivery vaginally use them after birth to sooth the vaginal area.
And let me tell you something: making those padsicles was the best dang thing I did for my postpartum recovery. When I was able to successfully have a VBAC ( and the unmedicated hospital birth that I had hoped I would be able to have) and got home for my postpartum recovery, man was I glad to see these little guys hanging out in my freezer, ready to go.
Padsicles were the single greatest thing to happen to my vagina after pushing a small human out of it.
I experienced some 3rd-degree perineal tearing during delivery, which made these little gems extra amazing.
Bonus: making them is actually really easy! A few basic tools (many of which you probably already have in your home) and about an hour is all you need to be stocked up on padsicles for your postpartum recovery.
How to Make Padsicles for After a Vaginal Birth
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To make a padsicle you’ll need:
(which you’ll probably already have on hand, in preparation for that wonderful postpartum bleeding)
2. Witch hazel
3. Aloe vera
4. Towel, or cleanable surface
5. Small bowl, for mixing
6. Spoon, for mixing
7. Gallon Ziploc freezer bags, for storage
- Unwrap a maxi pad and lay it flat on your towel or cleanable surface.
- In a small bowl, mix about 1 Tbsp. of witch hazel with about 1 Tbsp. of aloe vera.
- Use spoon to spread the witch hazel/aloe vera mixture over the surface of the maxi pad.
- Carefully re-wrap the pad and place it in the gallon-sized ziplock freezer bag.
- Repeat steps 1-4 until you’ve filled a gallon ziplock freezer bag with padscicles, then seal and place in the freezer for storage.
I only made 2 gallon freezer bags before my delivery because I was doubting that a vaginal birth would happen for me. I ended up making 7 or 8 additional bags after giving birth.
If you want to get everything full prepped before you deliver, I would recommend making about 10 gallon-sized freezer bags full of padsicles. Or whatever you have room for in your freezer. 😉