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It’s no joke that when you give birth, your “hooha” goes through a sh*t kicking and getting her back to tip-top shape is a big priority so you can feel comfortable again!! With Leo, I tore AND ended up having an episiotomy. I had a lot of stitches and was in a lot of pain. I remember so badly wanting to heal up quickly so I was doing everything I could to make sure my recovery time was as quick (and smooth!) as possible.
So, I have a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to taking care of your sweet little ‘hooha’ post birth which I will share with you today!
1. Make Padsicles
Boy, do I have a recipe for you!! It’s totally vegan, and they smell amazing … but I wouldn’t recommend tasting these!! However, I will say that once you try them, you’ll be hooked!! LOL!! ?
They are, PADSICLES!! Yup, you read that right!! Padsicles are pads that you cover with aloe vera, witch hazel, and pure lavender oil! I like to mix all of the ingredients together and place about 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture on each pad so they can soak up the liquid properly. You don’t want to totally saturate the pads with the liquid mixture as these will thaw in your panties and you don’t want to have this dripping down your legs!! LOL!!
Once they’re ready, I pop them in a Ziploc freezer bag and put them in the freezer where they will stay until we’re ready to go to the hospital!
These padsicles are meant to go on the inside of your underwear and they are meant to SOOTHE, not soak up blood! They honestly feel so damn good!! But of course, make sure you don’t use them when they’re completely frozen as you don’t want to freeze your vagina! LOL!! (queue Frozen “Let It Go” now). Give them time to thaw a bit and when they’re not frozen but still cool, is the time when you would want to use them. Also, when making these, always go with the organic cotton pads over the plasticy ones as they will soak up the liquid better and feel much much better!
- 6 organic cotton pads
- 1/2 cup pure aloe vera gel
- 1/2 cup witch hazel
- 3 - 4 drops pure lavender essential oil
- Place cotton pads in a shallow dish or container (I use a casserole dish!)
- Mix aloe vera, witch hazel, and lavender oil together
- Place 2-3 tablespoons of mixture on each pad and allow to soak in (you don't want these dripping wet because they will thaw in your panties!)
- Store pads in a Ziploc freezer bag and place in freezer until ready to use
2. Sitz Bath Tea
You are recommended to have a Sitz Bath which is a usually a little toilet like thing that you just “dip” your bottom in after birth … But lately, a new trend is having a SITZ BATH TEA (sounds like something for the queen doesn’t it!?!?). LOL!! It’s a blend of beneficial herbs that help promote healing and ease pain after giving birth. If you’re looking for a good one, So Luxury has Sitz Tea that you can purchase online!
Instead of bathing Leo, I remember I would get into a nice bath, light some candles, turn on Frank Sinatra and Justin would bring Leo into me so we could have skin on skin bonding time. I didn’t have the Sitz Bath Tea back then, so I used just Epsom salts and witch hazel which I found to be very relaxing and helped speed up my recovery time.
3. I Encapsulated My Placenta
I had my placenta encapsulated and I SWEAR it worked wonders for my body! I felt like I healed fairly quickly and I found I had so much energy after having Leo. I’m 100% doing this again with our baby girl and I REALLY hope it has the same effect on me this time around! If you want to read more about this, check out the blog I wrote, here!
4. Continue Taking Vitamins
I think everything I did here in this blog really helped speed up the healing process but vitamins are a great way to take to make sure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need while going through all of these crazy changes! I continued to take my multi vitamin and my omega after giving birth! New Chapter and Rumina Naturals are a couple of my faves!
5. Drink Lots of Water
I always make sure to bring my reusable Starbucks water bottle with me to and from the hospital (and everywhere I go on a daily basis!). Making sure you’re hydrated is so important when it comes to recovery!
6. Treat Yourself
If you want to make sure you have all of the necessities you need for yourself and for your new babe (and post-birth care!) there are some amazing companies out there who will actually put these packages together and ship them to you!!
Basic Baby Co sent me an adorable package that included necessities for our new baby girl! They included items such as swaddles, burp pads, onesies, no-scratch mitts, and hats! Plus, they also included some mini gel pads that you can put in the freezer and use after you give birth to help with swelling!!!
Mama Bird Doula is an amazing local company who sent me one of their boxes to use for when baby girl is born! Their box included nipple cream, soother clip, decaf coffee, body butter and so much more! A little pampering for mama postnatal goes a long way!
Most of the items I packed in my go-bag (which you can check out here, by the way!) were from Luxury Labor Bags! They honestly had all of the items you need such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, flip flops, socks, deodorant, you name it, it’s in there!!
All THREE of these companies offer up some really great items at different price points so I would totally suggest checking them out if you’re about to become a new mama! They also make for great baby shower gifts!
There you have it! I hope you find some of this information helpful! What are some ways you take care of yourself “down there” post-baby?! Make sure to comment below!