I started this blog to share an honest and unfiltered views of motherhood. Recovery after birth is one of those topics that is hushed and not really spoken about a lot. You get so many leaflets offering advice on pregnancy and so on, but not many touches on “care down there” after birth. It’s unpleasant but an essential necessity for new mommas.
In case you maybe clueless like I was… everything aches. I mean I felt like Hancock shoved a person’s head up my ass. Not to scare you (if you are an expecting mum) but the pain doesn’t end after labour. It is just easier to manage because by now you are distracted by your very own cute alien and are cooing over your new-born.
Run out of witch hazel but it is ESSENTIAL!
Birthing as we know puts a massive strain on you. You just pushed a human out of you (like seriously). Being African, or maybe it is a Ghanaian thing but the typical postnatal recovery is sitting on a hot (yes hot!) bucket of water to help you heal. Some people I know says it works and swear by it, others said it made it worse. I am part of the other group. Pregnant with Isabelle I was determined to find an easier way. I thought there must be another way… and where there is a will there’s a way. After doing endless research I came across an alternative that is quite popular with the Americans called… den den deeen Padsicles. Don’t thank me later, thank me now (I bow, curtains close slowing while you all give me a standing ovation). You are now ahead of the game *winks*. They were amazing for me (emphasis on me) and have recommended them to others to try and I get the same feedback. We all want to be best friends with whoever came up with this idea.
Now I am talking solely on vaginal delivery and a non-traumatic birth point of view. I am no doctor, but experience tells me you will feel like magic *down there*. Padsicles are basically cold pads that is healing and soothing. It really helped me with my recovery time which was important because I was back to doing school run about a week later (sighs… hate school run but that’s a topic for another time)
It only requires:
Aloe Vera (gel or juice, which ever you can find)
Lavender Essential Oil
Tea tree oil
*The essential oils some say are not essential but I used them anyway*.
- Wash your hands.
- Unwrap the pads, be sure not to completely remove the wrapper. Cover pad in Aloe Vera gel, quite generously.
- Add the witch hazel
- Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and Tea tree essential oil to the pad
- Fold the pad back up gently and put them into freezer bag and throw them in the freezer.
I did this a few weeks before my due date and let the pad defrost for about 5-10 minutes. Remember to try and cover majority of the pads as it will be every part of your down stairs area that will be sore.
I did steam my body a couple of weeks after birth as it does have its benefits, such as eliminating toxins and deep cleansing the skin. Just not when you’re sore, in MY opinion.
Finally, *disclaimer* I am not a doctor nor a health professional this is based mainly on my experience and preference.
I hope this helps.