How to Make Padsicles for After a Vaginal Birth

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.

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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.



Make padsicles for postpartum recovery

How to Make Padsicles for After a Vaginal Birth

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To make a padsicle you’ll need:


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1. Gigantic maxi pads

(which you’ll probably already have on hand, in preparation for that wonderful postpartum bleeding)










2. Witch hazel

make padscicles with witch hazel postpartum










3. Aloe vera

make padscicles for vaginal birth postpartum recovery










4. Towel, or cleanable surface







5. Small bowl, for mixing










6. Spoon, for mixing









7. Gallon Ziploc freezer bags, for storage










  1. Unwrap a maxi pad and lay it flat on your towel or cleanable surface.
  2. In a small bowl, mix about 1 Tbsp. of witch hazel with about 1 Tbsp. of aloe vera.
  3. Use spoon to spread the witch hazel/aloe vera mixture over the surface of the maxi pad.
  4. Carefully re-wrap the pad and place it in the gallon-sized ziplock freezer bag.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 until you’ve filled a gallon ziplock freezer bag with padscicles, then seal and place in the freezer for storage.
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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. 😉




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  • Reply Yvette

    Oh my gosh!! love this! What a great idea. Wish I had thought of this. Definitely sharing this one!

    August 4, 2017 at 11:21 pm
  • Reply Jenn JG

    Although I only had c-sections this is a great idea. I will be sharing these with a few close girlfriends who are currently pregnant!

    August 5, 2017 at 3:12 am
  • Reply Chelsea Padgett

    I wish had these! I bet these help a lot. I’ll have to remember for next time around!

    August 5, 2017 at 5:26 am
  • Reply Maranda

    This is a great idea. I used a diaper.

    August 6, 2017 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Allison

    I made these and they were a godsend. I had 2nd degree tearing and could hardly sit without pain. The only thing I ended up doing differently was I froze them then moved them to the fridge. When I put on a frozen one it was too cold. Transferring them to the fridge after being frozen made them just right.

    April 19, 2018 at 9:29 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      I’m so glad they worked out for you, Allison! It’s SO uncomfortable, especially if you experience tearing. And that’s such a smart idea to move them to the fridge if the frozen ones are a little too cold. *Hugs* and congrats! 🙂

      April 20, 2018 at 1:59 pm

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