Frozen Postpartum Pads (Padsicles with Aloe and Witch Hazel)

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Also known as Padsicles…

Cute, right? These frozen postpartum pads can be a serious lifesaver after a vaginal delivery. You will definitely need some, umm, soothing down there and the mixture of cool aloe vera gel and witch hazel will provide some pain relief where you need it most. You can even add essential oils, if you’re into that sorta thing. I seriously don’t know exactly who came up with this genius idea, but I made some and froze them when I was pregnant with Avery and I am making them again this time around! I’ve put my own spin on the postpartum pad recipe, and I wanted to share it with you today. I suggest making about 20-25 of these. I didn’t use them every time I needed a pad (sorry for all the TMI here!), but I used them two or three times a day at first.

Here is what you’ll need to make your frozen postpartum pads

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Frozen Postpartum Pad Instructions

STEP 1

Open the pad, but do not remove the backing from the pad or the wings.

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STEP 2

Squirt Aloe Vera gel down the length of the pad. I used a spoon to spread it around a bit.

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STEP 3

Fill spray bottle about half full with witch hazel and 10 drops lavender essential oil (optional) in a spray bottle. Shake well to combine. Spray the length of the pad with the mixture.

I prefer this method to simply pouring witch hazel onto the pad because you don’t want to soak the entire pad with liquid or it won’t be as absorbent.

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STEP 4

Fold the pad back up and re-wrap it. Place into a large freezer bag and store in freezer. When ready to use, remove from freezer and let thaw for a few minutes before use.

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That’s it! If you try them out, leave a comment and let me know if they helped!

Frozen Postpartum Pads with Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel - Soothing, Cooling Pain Relief for Postpartum Moms

29 Responses

  1. Itza

    So want to do these but I have a question, When do you start using them? Right when you get home from the hospital or once you stop bleeding?

    • Tarah

      You can use them as soon as you get home. With the amount of witch hazel, they will still soak up plenty (not to be too graphic).

  2. Brittany

    Instead of gel aloe Vera, is liquid aloe Vera ok? It says 99.8% pure aloe Vera, hand cultivated, inner gel fillet.

    • Tarah

      Yeah, that would work fine. If it is more liquidy than a gel, I would just make sure not to pour too much in because you don’t want to use up the full absorbency of the pad. I would just do a quick squirt down the length and spread it around.

  3. Caroline

    Do you think I could use Aloe Gel with lidocaine? I know that some doctors recommend lidocaine spray but I was wondering if I could combine. Have the gel already at home.

    • Tarah

      I know lidocaine is often used for postpartum care. I hate to recommend it without seeing the actual product, so I would just bring it to an appt. or call your doctor or midwife and ask if it is okay based on the strength of the product. I think it would be great for pain relief, though!

    • Tarah

      That I’m not sure of – I would discuss it with your doctor first. My biggest worry is that it could further irritate the issue so I would check first!

  4. Sonia

    Hello!
    Just gave birth on February 1st (my 1st vaginal delivery) and was wondering! Do you think we could replace the aloe Vera gel for real aloe Vera ?
    Thanks for the recipe I really want to try it !

  5. Charlie

    Being induced on the 25th with our first. I’ve been told I have a large baby so i have just made a whole bunch of these. Hope they will help with the aftermath. Thank you x

    • Tarah

      I made about 12 or 15…somewhere in there. They were most helpful in the first week after pregnancy.

  6. Amber

    Are the wings needed to keep pad from freezing shut? Can I use pad with no wings?

    • Tarah

      The wings aren’t needed—when you put it back in the wrapper it won’t stick to the wrapper.

    • Tarah

      I wouldn’t suggest using mint in such a sensitive area. Peppermint (and other mint oils) are very hot oils and can irritate the skin (especially if it is already irritated). There is a great Facebook group that is not run by any one essential oil company that may have some other alternatives…just search “Essential Oil Safety” on Facebook and it should come up.

  7. Dena

    This is awesome! I’m going to try this. I am due April 4th and will be a first time mom. How often should I switch out the pads or is it based on the postpartum discharge? Should I treat this as if I’m on my cycle?

    • Tarah

      Congratulations! How exciting! Honestly, I would switch it out similar to a normal pad. So it will depend on your discharge after you give birth. Also, I alternated between a frozen pad and a regular pad just so not use them up so quickly.

    • Tarah

      I probably made about 24 or so. I used them only a few times a day for the first week or so and things were feeling much better by then. 🙂

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