How to Prepare a Postpartum Care Pad like They Do at the Hospital in 7 Steps
Baby #2 has arrived! I wanted to put together a post on how to prepare a perineal/postpartum care pad like they do in the hospital while it is still fresh in my mind. Take a look at these easy-to-follow steps.
Step 1: Gather supplies and wash hands.
Peri-bottle filled with lukewarm water
Extra large pad
Perineal cold pack (optional)
Dermoplast pain relieving spray
“TUCKS” witch hazel pads
Step 2: Spray lukewarm water from peri-bottle onto perineal area. Pat dry using towel or toilet paper.
Step 3: Fold perineal cold pack while still in package to activate and SHAKE VIGOROUSLY for 20-30 seconds. Remove from package.
This is the step that most people (even nurses) get wrong. If you want the cold pack to be COLD, you have to mix the contents really really well! My nurse even ran a little water over the pack to make it feel colder, but if you shake it correctly, you shouldn’t need to do this.
Step 4: Spray perineal area and extra large pad/cold pack with Dermoplast pain relieving spray.
Step 5: Apply one or more witch hazel pads to top of extra large pad/cold pack.
Step 6: Place extra large pad/cold pack/witch hazel pads in mesh underwear.
Step 7: Adjust mesh underwear until comfortable. Wash hands.
7 Steps to Prepare Postpartum Care Pad:
Continue following these steps for your at-home postpartum care! You can skip the cold pack step once you feel like you no longer need it. Need a reminder on what the hospital provides for mom and baby? Check out this blog post!