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Mommy's Lil Helper: Diaper Ice Packs

Mommy's Lil Helper: Diaper Ice Packs

Most moms worry about the pain of childbirth, but the real surprise comes with its aftermath. Before having my daughter, I heard a rumor that you had to sit on an ice ring after having your baby.

So I wasn't too startled and actually welcomed the ice pack the nurse gave me in the postpartum room. If you want to see what happened,


While it did wonders for the swelling, the packs and pads soaking up blood had to be switched out often. This can be a bit tricky when you're completely exhausted and have had an epidural.

By the time I delivered my son a couple of years later, the savvy nurses had come up with a new solution. They took newborn diapers, slit the inside lining and filled it with crushed ice. Absorbent and cold, it was a new mom's heaven.

If you're headed to the hospital, it doesn't hurt to ask if they have any.

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milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Omg! I thought those ice packs were the best thing on earth.
Mamita Mamita 9 years
I agree, two babies later, nobody tells you the little details of chlldbirth, I had my second son on 14 Dec and only stopped bleeding last week, that is 6 weeks. The ice packs sound great, I had no idea!
Cate-McG Cate-McG 9 years
OMG, maybe I don't want a VBAC afterall! The c-section was no picnic, but this sounds a lot worse.
busybeegal busybeegal 9 years
My hospital uses maxi pads soaked in witch hazel and then frozen - same great icy feeling but the witch hazel is a natural astringent and helps keep swelling down - I even make them at home when I come home from the hospital, they are life savers!!
Neural Neural 9 years
Macgirl!!! Congrats!!! And I feel cheated-- no ice packs were offered to me. :(
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
Oh my goodness. What a story :) Thanks for posting.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Thanks! He is awesome :-) I'll have to add my kids to my profile :-)
Moms Moms 9 years
Macgirl — Congratulations on your new baby!
abqmama abqmama 9 years
I totally agree about losing all shame and modesty. First you are half naked in front of strangers who all staring at your privates while you push out a baby, then nurses have to help you to the bathroom and clean up all the blood that gushed out as soon as you stand up. Not to mention the rest of the time in the hospital having nurses checking your underwear constantly to see how much you are bleeding and lactation consultants and other random people helping you breastfeed. I was never embarrassed during my annual exam again!
lms lms 9 years
All shame definitely goes out the window!! My daughter had trouble latching on in breastfeeding and every single nurse that came on duty was pulling out my boob. You go to the bathroom on the delivery table(I couldn't tell but confirmed it with hubby). My bleeding lasted for about 6 weeks. It is all very crazy. It is a wonder that people have more than one child.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Had my little guy on the 9th and the nurse whipped up one of those ice packs for me. I thought it was quite brilliant. vcastellanos- it's just like having a long period, just really heavy for a bit up front. :-)
Moms Moms 9 years
aembry and blondelawyer - I had no idea about these things until they happened. And, vcastellanos — these lil surprises are crazy, but the baby makes up for everything!
thatgirljj thatgirljj 9 years
Oh wow!!! Love that idea! And Vinnie, I'm due in April too! At the end of the month though, so it's a toss up whether he'll actually appear in April or wait until May.
vcastellanos16 vcastellanos16 9 years
Okay wow! Nobody said anything about uncontrollable bleeding! Why didn't anybody tell me? Now I am too scared to have kids...
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
When I gave birth the first time the nurses gave me these ice packs that were wonderful: Take a maxi pad, soak it in water and then roll them and freeze them. Wonderful ice pack, used it the second time too, but this diaper idea seems even better!
blondelawyer blondelawyer 9 years
I'm with aembry! All I can say is "wow". I had no idea!
luckyme luckyme 9 years
I wish the hospital had these for me! And Schnappy is right on, after the whole birth process, all modesty goes riiiight out the window. My two examples: I had an epidural, so the nurses had to help me use the bathroom for a couple hours after. They usually have you go pretty soon after giving birth. I could barely walk...the last thing I wanted to do was pee. My favorite was the lactation consultant...she would walk in and tell me to whip out the boob - no matter who was in the room with me. My father-in-law turned 6 shades of red the day he was there :)
aembry396 aembry396 9 years
Okay, this is realization week for the girls who haven't given birth yet...stuff you don't think about: puking, gauze sewn into you, ice diapers!!!
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
The huge pads are hilarious. I used them for more than a week and am now just wearing regular maxi pads. Two weeks out and I'm still bleeding and from what I understand will continue to bleed for awhile. And you do feel no shame after birth. On one occasion after breastfeeding in the hospital, I stood up and blood ran down my legs and my poor husband had to run and get me towels. The giant pads weren't even enough!
vinnie vinnie 9 years
Oh lord! I have a lot to look forward to in April!
kimmie33 kimmie33 9 years
LOL! This story is all too familiar. Once you've given birth and have to use ice packs, gigantic pads, water bottles, have no shame. It's all about what works and what's comfortable :)
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