Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Postpartum Healing Tip

So there's something I recommend to every new mom if they've had a vaginal delivery. It might make some readers uncomfortable, but its so good I feel I have to share (hint: if you flinched at 'vaginal delivery', stop reading now)

I learned this trick while working in maternity as a nurse and I swear by it (by proxy, of course).

1. Take a package of maxi-pads. emphasis on MAXI. think: overnight, huge... the kind of pads that the nurse used to hand out in middle school

2. Run a small amount of water over the pads and wring them out so the water is distributed evenly but they are not fully saturated or overly heavy.

3. Place the damp pads in a large bowl and place the bowl in the freezer. The bowl should be big enough that when the pads are put into place they curve to later fit the contour of your body. They'll have some flexibility after freezing so as long as you're somewhere between folded in half or completely flat, you should be fine.

4. After delivery, use these frozen wonders for comfort (its like an ice pack) and absorption (its still a pad)


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