Postpartum Healing | Atlanta Doula
I find that many women think a lot about birth. They wonder what to expect, they make plans and figure out their preferences. This is a good thing--we do not have options if we don't know our options, but we shouldn't stop there in the planning. Just like planning a wedding and not a marriage, we don't talk much about how to prepare for parenthood.
The "4th trimester" is a time of transition for you and your baby. A lot is happening, and the best thing that you can do during that time is rest and bond with your baby. If you decide to breastfeed, this is a crucial time to establish a good breastfeeding relationship. That means that someone else should be doing the dishes while you rest and nurse.
Another important part of your first days and weeks as a Mama will include your physical recovery from pregnancy and birth. It's common to be sore after a vaginal birth, especially if there was damage during the birth. That's where postpartum padcicles come in! Making them is so easy, and you will be glad that you did.
A padcicle is a cute way of saying a frozen maternity pad,and can simply be made by pouring water over a pad and freezing. But you can also add herbs that will help with soothing and healing, and Earth Mama Angel Baby makes this super easy.
This is a great blog post and video that explains what to use and how to make your postpartum padcicles. I think that making around 5-10 is a good amount, and they are so easy to make if you find that you want more. If you are looking for something to do while you wait for your baby's birthday, this is a project that is well worth your time!