Postpartum recovery is a toughie for most of us. Our bodies are recovering from the toughest task that being a woman lends us: birth. If you didn’t think it was difficult, high five to you. For this lady, my baby’s birth was no walk in the park. Following vaginal birth, these postpartum healing pads were jewels to me in the weeks following Summer Elizabeth’s birth. Today we’re going to talk postpartum healing pads. I’ll tell you how to make them and how to maximize relief using them.
Just as Tucks pads are great for hemorrhoid relief, these postpartum healing pads are great for post-baby swelling, rips & tears, and those irksome hemorrhoids too. Boasting lavender and witch hazel as soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients, these DIY postpartum healing pads are made with nature’s own ingredients, cost pennies, and are incredibly effective to reduce swelling and discomfort. You’ll only need a few items on hand to assure your lady regions will be chilling out max and relaxin’ all cool after your next birth.
Postpartum Healing Pads
What you’ll need:
- Disposable cotton breast pads or cloth menstrual pads *disposable menstrual pads may be used but may require you to double this recipe
- 1/2 cup witch hazel
- 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel
- 4-5 drops lavender oil
- ziplock bags & plastic wrap
Combine witch hazel, aloe, and lavender oil in a small bowl and mix to combine. Transfer to a small spray bottle. Spray each pad with the healing mixture until the pad is damp, but not soaked. Place pads in a ziplock bag separated by layers of plastic wrap (so they don’t freeze together) and seal. Store in the freezer.
Insert a new pad into panties in direct contact with your skin after each bathroom visit, where you’ll be best friends with your postpartum rosemary water.
What is your best-kept postpartum recovery secret?