A few months before Freddie was due to arrive, the worries started kicking in about giving birth and post-partum recovery. It seemed as though the majority of people were out to terrify me about the “horrific” experience of birth itself and your body post-partum. (Hence the “party poopers” in my title)
Sorry if this is a little TMI. I had people telling me that “down below” would “never be the same again” and that if I had stitches i’d be in agony for weeks after etc. Basically just that down below would be RUINED. It was the one thing I mainly worried about after hearing all of this!
I started searching online, ways to help the recovery after giving birth and anything that can prevent these horrific outcomes happening to me. So I’m going to share with you a couple of tips and some truths. I know that everyone’s body recovers differently but these ways can certainly help EVERYONE to some extent.
Lets make some Padsicles!
I came across these on You Tube and I saw that quite a lot of people had made these and it also looked quite fun so I made hundreds in the weeks leading up to my due date. Basically it’s a sanitary towel soaked in Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel (amazing for healing and cooling any soreness) then kept in the freezer to make them cool for when they’re used.
So let me show you how to make these! They’re simple to make.
What you need:
- Sanitary Towel
- Witch Hazel
- Aloe Vera
- Lavender Oil (Optional)
- Storage bag (carrier bag)
- Take your pad and open it up but not removing it from its wrapper.
- Spread some Aloe Vera gel ALL over the pad. (I used the back of a spoon to spread it around).
- Add the Witch Hazel ALL over the pad, I personally smothered mine. You can buy a spray or just liquid, I used just the liquid.
- You can add some lavender oil, I personally love lavender oil so I just added some anyways. It smells nice!
- Once you’ve covered your pad enough, fold it back up in its wrapper.
- Put them into your chosen storage bag and pop them in the freezer!
These can be stored in the freezer for however long. When going to use these, let them defrost a little before using.
There you have your padsicles!
Start these as early as possible during pregnancy. I have always done these, pregnant or not! These help to strengthen your pelvic floor. They’re great for after birth as it can speed up the process of getting you back to your normal size down there. YES, it does go back. It’s designed to!
So, the best time to do these (in my opinion) is on the toilet. As of course you will be pulling up against gravity. I will try to explain this as clean as I can.
Sit on the loo or even laying down. Tense/Squeeze your bum as tight as possible (as if you’re desperately trying to hold in a poop). Do NOT hold your breath whilst doing this, keep breathing as it’s harder to do which means you’re doing it properly. Don’t tense anything else other than that area. Try to hold for 10 seconds. Or you can do short reps 10-20 times in a row. Do this EVERY DAY. I do it whenever I can!
Keegal exercises can have sexual benefits as well. Just putting that out there.
Ignore the horror stories
Now, all I can personally say about all of the horror stories I was told about birth and after birth. For me, it was totally WRONG. I was stupid to listen really. Also, why would you want to scare the hell out of a pregnant woman? Keep your own horror stories to yourself please!
I can understand that maybe some women could be left with a difference down below after birth, maybe due to age, genetics, or that’s just their body.. but I was TOTALLY opposite! I don’t know if it was down to always religiously doing keegal exercises or just that I am a petite person? Another mumma friend of mine had the same outcome (also petite), maybe why? I don’t know. It just proves that you should never listen to other peoples stories about their own personal experiences of giving birth/ having a baby because EVERYONE recovers differently. Don’t even take what I’M saying to heart because you may have a totally different experience! I’m just showing that there not all outcomes are bad after birth.
I only used about 5 of my padsicle’s after birth because I just wasn’t in much pain BUT, I know a lot of women that have said they used so many and they helped so much! I was not in pain when I urinated after birth, another thing I was told would happen (it can). I DID have a postpartum tummy which I didn’t expect to have, mine took about 6 weeks to go back to normal size again. I was highly emotional after giving birth also. It was like everything I expected to happen, didn’t. And whatever I didn’t expect, happened!
If you’re pregnant and worrying about the changes of your body after pregnancy. PLEASE don’t expect that what everyone tells you, that it is going to happen to you!
I hope the padsicle’s help!
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