After leaving the hospital following my first vaginal birth, I seriously missed the nurses and their seemingly never-ending supply of homeopathic pain-relieving techniques. After some significant research and trial-and-error, I fell in love with these post-partum relief pads!!! Now that I’m anticipating another (hopefully) vaginal delivery, I’ve reserved a drawer of our freezer for these pads and feel like I’m prepared for at least one of the eventualities of the next month…
What I Used:
- Always maxi overnight pads
- Witch hazel
- Yes, there is a very small alcohol content to witch hazel; however, it shouldn’t cause any discomfort in these doses and off-set by the aloe.
- Aloe gel
- Lavender essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon
(1) Carefully open the purple packaging and cut the paper on the wings of the maxi pad. If you try to peel the paper off, you won’t be able to re-adhere it, making it difficult to stick the wings to your underwear when you use them.
(2) Squirt a fairly thick line of aloe gel down the center of the pad.
(3) Smooth over with back of 1/2 teaspoon. If you leave the line as-is, it will freeze into a solid glob that is both difficult to get on the “right” places and makes the pad much messier as it thaws with wear.
(4) Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of witch hazel evenly over the pad.
(5) Sprinkle 4-6 drops of lavender essential oil along the center of the pad.
(6) Carefully close the pad and stuff into a gallon size ziploc bag (I could fit 14 pads in a bag).
OPTIONAL: Cover each pad in aluminum foil before storing. This extra step will help the pads stay cold when you remove them from the freezer to use. Or you can have a freezer bag by your post-partum recovery stash where you put these pads in daily increments (my preferred method).
OPTIONAL: When you go to use these pads, place a row of Tucks pads along the center of the pad.