Yes, contractions hurt. Yes, crowning hurts. And yes, pushing a baby out hurts. But you know what else hurts? YOUR ENTIRE NETHER REGIONS AFTER GIVING BIRTH. 

Unfortunately, there’s no epidural for post-birth recovery. But there is something else – they are called ‘Padsicles’. And they are pretty much the most wonderful invention for your bruised and battered lady bits.

So what are padsicles? Essentially, they are maternity pads, but with the extra power to alleviate the burning, throbbing, tender sensation of down below. It’s like a post-birth party. But for your private parts.

Ice. Ice. Va-Jay-Jay. 

Best of all, you can make your own.

Here’s what you need: 

  • Witch Hazel
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Maternity pads
  • Lavender oil (optional)

padsicles for post-birth perineum reliefWhat to do:

  • Open the pad and save the wrapper
  • Mix two tablespoons of witch hazel, one tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel and a couple of drops of oil
  • Place the mixture onto a pad, fold it in half and wrap it back into the wrapper
  • Store the ‘padsicle’ in a sandwich bag and place it in the freezer
  • Unwrap and reap the benefits of an icy cold treat for your aching perineum

Padsicles go viral

Clever mum Elisa Castellanos shared the ingenious hack on Facebook earlier this year. And we, like the rest of the Internet world, are absolutely loving the idea. Since posting the recipe to help fellow mums, Elisa’s padsicle post has been shared over 123,000 times with close to 50,000 comments.

Elisa Castellanos

The secret to these padsicles comes from the frozen Aloe Vera, which, is nature’s answer to everything! Seriously, Aloe Vera is the bomb.  We reckon padsicles would also help with breast engorgement too! And it sure beats wasting your money on cabbages.

Looking for more untold secrets about new mummyhood (because aching vagina-syndrome is only one of the MANY things to look forward to). Here’s 18 more things that no one seems to mention about bringing home baby. Oh, and be sure to also have a look at this new mum vibrator… which is actually awesome AF! 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe, including her son, daughter, cat, dog and partner. When she's not writing, you can find her lounging by the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach or nagging her kids to put on their pants.

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