New mum comes up with simple way to relieve childbirth pain

by pregnancy journalist

When it comes to packing your hospital bag ahead of childbirth, there’s a long list of essential items.

This includes a comfy t-shirt or nightgown, backless slippers, your dressing gown, lip balm, socks (weirdly, your feet can get very cold in labour) and the all-important snacks.

Mum Elisa Castellanos would also like you to consider adding a couple of extra bits – and you may very well be grateful of her advice.

Earlier this year, Elisa shared a recipe of sorts which she explained was “a lifesaver” in the (often) painful aftermath of childbirth, and it’s recently resurfaced online.

Giving birth may very well involve tearing and episiotomies, meaning there could be discomfort and pain for six weeks plus – all while looking after a newborn.

So Elisa suggests making a batch of “padsicles.”

“These were a lifesaver when I had Stella,” she wrote on Facebook.

The crucial ingredients

“I’m making some now for a friend and also wanted to share the recipe with all of you.
Super fast and easy to make, in 5 minutes I made 20!”

We’re listening…


– Witch Hazel
– Aloe Vera Gel (I liked the medicated, pain relieving one because it helped numb everything – super beneficial if you need stitches!)
– Pads (the larger the better! I had some extras that my hospital gave me)

Royal College of Midwives also advises, “to maintain a good level of hygiene, change sanitary towels every time you use the bathroom.

“It may also help to pour water over your stitches at the same time as passing water to dilute your urine and reduce any stinging.”

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