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How to Make DIY Postpartum Padsicles

Birthing your baby takes a lot of work (really relaxation and stretching) of your pelvic floor. The pelvic floor muscles stretch to allow the baby to exit through them. This is why the pelvic floor needs some recovery time and a little love postpartum!

Your perineum (the area around your vagina and anus) can be very sore after a vaginal delivery. With other injuries (like an ankle sprain or pulled muscle), we use cold packs to sooth and decrease pain and swelling—we can do the same for the vagina and pelvic floor muscles!

You can buy ice packs or pads specially made to use on your perineum postpartum. If you’ve already spent lots of money on your new bundle of joy, making them at home can be a good alternative. The great thing about pads is they are designed to stick into your underwear so they might stay in place better than a traditional cold pack. Note if you are using a traditional cold pack, follow the manufacturers guidelines to avoid damaging your skin.

How to Make Postpartum Pads

Thanks to our friend, Liesel, at Mommy Labor Nurse for the excellent graphic!

  1. Grab some extra absorbent pads

  2. Pour witch hazel and clear, aloe vera onto the pad liberally (if you put too much, the pads will drip)

  3. Place the pad into a sandwich bag and place it in the freezer (you can either fold the pad back up or freeze it laid out flat)

  4. When you’re ready, take the pad out of the freezer and apply to your perineum and relax!

*If you had an episiotomy or perineal tearing, be sure to follow any instructions given by your provider for incision care.

Some other helpful postpartum tips:

  • When wiping after using the bathroom, try a bottle filled with warm water instead of toilet paper

  • If you do use toilet paper, pat don’t wipe

  • Practice breathing and gently squeezing then relaxing your pelvic floor muscles

  • Once cleared by your provider, sex should not be painful (if it is, ask for a referral to see a pelvic floor physical therapist or take our Sex After Baby course with Jeanice Mitchell PT, MPT, WCS, BCB-PMD)

  • Leaking pee, poop, or gas is a sign that your pelvic floor muscles aren’t working properly (Individuals who are still having leakage 3 months postpartum have a 76% chance to still have leakage 12 years later!)

  • If you are excited to get back to exercising postpartum, check out our Return to Exercise After Baby course with Melissa Dessaulles, PT

Here are some great resources to help you take good care of your pelvic floor postpartum:

For providers, check our online courses to help your postpartum clients. Consider joining our Ambassador Program and most of our courses are included with your membership!

Written by Emily Reul, PT, DPT


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