From dilation and pushing to a small tear and the pressure of a baby being born, our perineum’s take on a lot of stress. When you leave your birthing space, you are handed a small bottle to spray water over your perineum after you use the bathroom since you will be very tender and toilet paper/sanitary napkins will feel rough. If you are birthing in a hospital, your caretaker may give you a few cool pads to wear immediately after labour. But what about when you get home?
Postpartum pads are an amazing way to heal a mother’s perineum after labour. Easy to store and even easier to prepare, postpartum pads can be one of those items you make once your contractions begin. Better yet, you could have a friend make them for you!
They are one of my favourite presents to gift to new mamas as they may not be thinking too much about their own healing after labour. A new baby adds so much excitement to the household: How will you connect and read into signals from your newborn? How is your milk coming in? When was the last time you had a meal dropped off for you? Mom, go away! Or at least do laundry. The little things that we do to enhance our healing can make the world of a difference on our healing time.
Enriched with aloe vera, witch hazel, a selection of essential oils for healing and the cool cool sensation from the beloved freezer, postpartum pads should be an essential item to keep in the house for the first few weeks after labour.
So here is my recipe for postpartum pads. Give your healing a hand, your body will thank you for it!
You Will Need:
– Feminine Pads (Overnight Maxi Pads work best—your body: your brand choice)
– Witch Hazel
– Aloe Vera Gel
-Essential oils ( I like to use lavender for calming the skin and cell regeneration/ frankincense for tissue repair and to prevent scarring)
– aluminum foil (optional)
Open the pads on a clean surface. With a teaspoon, pour witch hazel over the centre of the pad (don’t get too close to the edges as you will want the pads to soak up lochia still).
Take the aloe vera and spread a thin layer over top of the witch hazel.
Drop 4-8 drops of essential oil over the witch hazel. You can use a blend of multiple oils or stick to one type and label.
Fold the pad back together and put back in its packaging (or in tin foil if you are unable to put it back into its original wrapping). Place into the freezer for a minimum of 6 hours before using.
With Love, from Ficus