Sunday, 23 October 2016

Padsicles for after labour

Hi Ladies,

I am currently 36 weeks pregnant so I am getting sorted for all things labour related. I was trailing though Pinterest and I can across a recipe for "padsicles" and I was intrigued.
These homemade frozen padsicles are used postpartum as they have good healing properties to speed up recovery of the perineum and other areas - so I thought I would give them ago - anything to help!!

To make these Padsicles you will need -
1.Maternity pads or Night sanitary pads

2.Organic Aloe Vera Gel (I picked mine up from Whole Foods Market)

3.Witch Hazel liquid - Astringent which helps to close pores and heal skin

4.Lavender essential oil - This helps calm swelling or inflammation of skin and also helps to  supports cellular regeneration

5.Geranium essential oil - This helps heal any broken capillaries and conditions the skin

6.Rosemary essential oil - Helps fight infection and inflammation it also strengthens muscles

7.Spray bottle (optional)
8.Cling film/ Tin foil
You can also use frankincense Essential Oil which supports tissue regeneration and prevents scarring but I chose not to use this.

Making the padsicles
1. Lay out your desired pad on a clean surface (I used a chopping board, if you chose to use night sanitary pads keep the packing on the outside and carefully peel off the sticky tab but keep this for later!)

2. Apply 3/4 teaspoons of your witch hazel to each pad and allow to sink in

3. Apply 3 blobs of Aloe gel on each pad, making sure to evenly spread over the whole pad front to back using a teaspoon

4. Mix together 4 drops of each essential oil (per pad) and spray the length of the do with this mixture (I used 60 drops of each oil which sounds like loads but I made 20 pads and still have a lot of each essential oil left)

5. Leave to sink in for a few minutes whilst you finish the remaining pads

6. Wrap in cling film / Tin foil

7. Place in your freezer and use after labour.

If you have any other tips for labour feel free to leave in the comment section below!

Happy reading
Mrs. Stephens

Friday, 21 October 2016

35 week pregnancy update

Hello Lovely's 
Sorry for the lack of posts, its been crazy!
I'm not 35 weeks & 2 days, so we really are nearly there. The nursary is almost complete, all of her little baby bits are washed. Its all feeling real now.

We have had a visit to Cheltenham hospital where I could give birth which was really emotional for me, seeing it all, and where I might be giving birth was overwhelming, exciting but overwhelming all the same.

How pregnant are you? 35w + 2d – (3rd Trimester - Final stretch!!)
How many days until due date: 32 Days 
Weight: I get weighed at my 36 week midwife appointment which is on Tuesday
Pregnancy symptoms: I can't believe how much my bump is growing! I look pregnant now, not just a bit plump. I have been signed off work with SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) which is why my hips and pelvis were giving me such problems. I am also feeling super tired as I'm not sleeping at the moment and haven't really been for the last 2-3 weeks - BOO!!

Stretch Marks: more visible, and slightly darker
Cravings: iced drinks, mostly Costa mango & passion-fruit coolers
Movement: Little miss has been getting hick-ups loads which apparently means she's getting her lungs ready for the big wide world, and after speaking to the midwife I now know that her patten of movement which is in the early morning or late in the evening, she's quiet mostly in the afternoons
Gender: 🎉 ITS A GIRL!!!!!
Sleep: really badly! I have been getting period like pains, and back pain, so I have been going to bed with a hot water bottle which has been helping, but not sleeping well at all!
Worst moment this week: Lack of sleep, and night time pains
Best moment this week: on friday John got a new job - he is super excited so at the weekend we have been celebrating
Nesting: Her room is almost done now which is weird as it used to be a dumping ground and now its our little girl's bedroom.We have cleaned all the rooms and i've been keeping to a cleaning rota (very grown up)
Labour signs: Nope
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Tired but excited

Looking forward to: Tuesday for my midwife appointment and I can hear baby girl's heartbeat
Bump Photo: 

How has your week been?

Happy Reading
Mummy Stephens