What Are Postpartum Padsicles? The Best Kept Secret for Postpartum Recovery


When it comes to childbirth, many expectant soon-to-be parents spend ample time thinking about things like packing their hospital bag for mom or writing a birth plan. What they don’t tend to focus on, is postpartum care, which includes tasks like making or buying postpartum padsicles.

What Are Postpartum Padsicles Good For?

Not only do padsicles, DIY or store-bought, help control pain after vaginal deliveries, but they also make a great addition to any new mom survival kit.

How Do Padsicles Work?

A postpartum padsicle (think pad and popsicle put together) is a chilled sanitary napkin you can use after childbirth. Rather than just being a frozen pad, they usually include healing ingredients, such as aloe vera, witch hazel, and lavender oil.

Do You Have To Use Padsicles After Birth?

Absolutely not! If the idea of using postpartum padsicles after birth doesn’t appeal to you, there’s no rule stating you have to use them.

Is There Any Reason You Shouldn’t Use Postpartum Padsicles?

If you’re experiencing heavy bleeding after giving birth, be aware of how much your padsicles can hold. If you’re continually bleeding through, you might need to forego using them.

Padsicles vs. Tucks: What’s the Difference?

Here’s the thing – both items have their own set of benefits. What I will say, however, is that I found padsicles to be a more convenient postpartum pain relief option. While Tucks Medicated Pads are great for gentle wiping after birth (especially during those first postpartum poops!),

Padsicles DIY Recipes You Need to Know About

If you’re looking for the ultimate padsicle recipe – we’ve got you covered! Our team has talked with experts to figure out what you need to create the best postpartum padsicles at home.

Where Is the Best Place to Buy Padsicles?

Luckily, though, there are plenty of store-bought postpartum padsicles available that do just as good as homemade alternatives.

How Many Postpartum Padsicles Do I Need?

We would suggest making 20 – 30 padsicles to start. Of course, it’s always a good idea to have extra ingredients in case you need to make some more to carry you through the postpartum recovery phase.

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