Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Undie Sundae

Disclaimer:  This post is for pregnant women.  If you are not a pregnant woman...don't say I didn't warn you.

I saw on Facebook the other day an old friend of mine asking other women for tips on labor and delivery.  It got me thinking about what I could not have lived without during my delivery and recovery.  Michael and I signed up to take a birth and parenting class.  The class was semi-helpful, but totally worth the $100...when they taught me this little nugget. 

It's called the Undie Sundae, folks.

This gem is to sooth your aching lady bits after delivery...and trust me, they will be aching.

Your nurses can provide you with all of the necessary "toppings."   You will need...

Sexy Mesh Underwear

(Unless you have a serious aversion to mesh underwear, I wouldn't wear your own because they WILL get ruined.  I had a pair of Costco underwear that I hated more than anything in the world, and I designated them just for this purpose.  I wanted them to die a horrible death.)

Giant Pad

(The ultra-thick variety that they gave you in fourth grade.  When you learned about about periods and arm-pit hair and stuff)

Perineal Ice-Pack



Witch Hazel Pads (Tucks)


(That's right, they're not just for hemorrhoids anymore.  Trust me, it feels good.)

Epifoam


(This is a prescription steroidal foam that you can recieve in the hospital.  It helped me with soreness and inflammation.  Plus it causes a very...nice...warming sensation.)

Keep these things in your hospital bathroom, near the toilet. 

When you use the restroom (which will be scary the first couple of times.  Don't worry that's normal.  Just wait until the first time you have to poop.)  Use the perineal squirt bottle, do not wipe. I have a special place in my heart for that bottle.  It saw me through some rough days.



Step One.  (I am combining Step 1 and Step 2, because my computer is taking forever and Henry will be up soon.)  Place the giant mattress pad in the mesh undies...on top of that stick the activated perineal ice pack.  In the photo I substituted another pad in place of the ice pack.


Step 3. Place three Tucks Pads along the pad.

Step 4.  Spray little dollops of Epifoam on top of the Tucks Pads.

Viola...that is the Undie Sundae.  I would not have survived healing from a vaginal delivery without it. 

I can say 12 weeks later, that my bits are back to normal and the reward for my pain was definitely worth it.


P.S. After describing to one of my non-mom friends the wonder of the Undie Sundae, she suffered a particularly nasty bikini wax.

Bam... Undie Sundae to the rescue.

**December 2012 Update**

I'm noticing that since the lovely invention of Pinterest, this blog entry is quite popular!

First of all, let me offer you my congratulations...You're gonna shoot out a human!  And it will be awesome!

Since I wrote this over two years ago, I have suffered a second vaginal assault.  Her name is Adeline, and she is six months old!  Where does the time go!?

I used this trusty method with my second birth and it worked just as well as I had remembered.  No substitutions, no additions. 

Although I will warn you.  Pregnancy can, and often does, eff up your skin in all kinds of hellish ways.  In my particular case, my skin became much more sensitive and prone to patches of eczema. 

Fat and covered with eczema.  If I'm being honest, not my best look...

This oversensitivity caused me to have a bit of an issue with the pads this time.

Vagina.  Hives.

I don't mean to scare you, but it's the worst thing in the world.

Come check out the recent happenings in the newer blog posts.  (They may or may not make you want to have more kids.)

I was recently asked to write what I know about baby formula, you can check that out HERE.

Thanks for hanging with me!

46 comments:

  1. This is awesome. You're a genius. :)

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  2. Oh my goodness this makes me laugh and cry with 4 weeks until my due date! Thanks for the info

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  3. OMG. This is the exact method I used last year after having my baby but I've never heard of it called the Undie Sundae! Bahahaha! Love it!

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  4. You are awesome =) Even though the whole thing mortifies me the more and more I truly learn about what happens after the my son will be here I am at ease to know that there is someone who has found a good solution. Due date 10/11/12

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  5. Well I don't want you to be horrified...or mortified either! You have much to look forward to :) Hope everything goes well!!

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  6. All those things are true life savers! Also, another good friend of mine was the "donut" pillow! It makes sitting MUCH more comfortable!!!!

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  7. As a maternity nurse with almost 40 years' experience, I'd like to suggest an alternative application of Epifoam. This ALWAYS works better when I suggest it to my patients. After using the toilet and rinsing with a peri-bottle, dry off as normally, Grab another wad of clean toilet tissue and squirt the Epifoam a few times into the tissue. Then dab to apply it liberally to the vaginal area before you stand up. Then toss the tissue. The foam gets to where it needs to go and works infinitely better that having it smear all around a pad. It's only supposed to be applied 3-4 x per day and if you do it this way, that's all you'll need.

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  8. I have to say, this makes me re-think getting pregnant with a second..I do NOT want vagina hives! LOL, but I am sending on the 'recipe' to some friends who are delivering in just a few short days/weeks...thank you!

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  9. YOu crack me up. In sisterhood - from this mom of three (soon to be four).

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  10. now they make the pads with the ice built in. I got lucky and had a nurse that packed dozens for me (I delivered twins with no anesthesia because they didn't have enough time to put it in)
    those pads were a life saver

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  11. Yes, I came here from pinterest, too. So funny! My boys are 9 and 7 now, but it didn't take long for the wonderful memories to come flooding back. I agree about everything you wrote, but especially the peri-bottle. It was a dear friend. :)

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  12. I did exact thing with tuck pads and dermaplast.

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  13. Man, where was this 11 years ago?! I found this on pinterest too & sent it on to my soon-to-be-mommy friends too. Thanks for the giggle!

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  14. I never heard of the foam, but this was very similar to my undie routine. I took a lot of those wonderful mesh undies home with me. I bought some thin nice pads, but those giant ones from the hospitals were the BEST. Next time I will ask for the foam to top off the sunday :)
    and that squirt bottle was my BFF and I used way longer than I think was necessary.... Lots of giggles Thanks :)

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  15. For my last two deliveries, my midwife recommended a few drops of lavender essential oil in the squirt bottle, which was what I used for pain relief and to sanitize and promote healing, instead of the Epifoam. It worked fine for me. I'd add a little warm water from the tap to my bottle before each use, so it wasn't too cold. I did use ice as well, but I wanted my childbirth and recovery to be as natural as possible.

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  16. I used the exact same thing after i had my first. i didn't hear it from anyone but just figured if i mixed all the things the hospital gave me it would make it even better. I did go out and buy some GRANNY PANIES bc even though it ruins them, my thongs and lacy lingerie was not what i wanted to wear after coming home from hospital.me and my husband still joke about those till this day. but ive never heard it called the undie sundae. another thing i used was the spray thats for burns and serious scrapes( it doesn't burn-maybe dermaplast.)i sprayed that on there too after i ran out of epifoam.

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  17. Wow, I am never having children.

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    1. Yeah, I was just about to say the same thing. I'm not married, but if I ever do... we're adopting... just saying. :) lol

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  18. Also you can skip ice pack and keep tucks pads in fridge until you need them : )

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  19. I had six kids and never had much trouble with soreness in my lady bits. So it's not an inevitable part of childbirth. I never had to push much, and maybe that's why.

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  20. Ice packs, tucks, water bottle, and thick pads are indeed lifesavers. I had 4 naturally and these things made the after life so much more bearable. And the happier those kinds of things are the more you enjoy your bundle of joy that caused it all.

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  21. Very honest and truthful and informative. I made use of a similar dessert although my hospital did not provide me with the whipped topping. I have got to say the sexy mesh undies are quite possibly the most comfortable for what's happening in the nether regions - seriously helps make you feel all secure and safe like the mattress pad won't slide out. I pocketed a few pairs of these for the remainder of my recovery.

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  22. This all seems like a bit much to me. All I needed was the numbing spray provided by the hospital. Rinse off, pat dry, numbing spray. Did that with both of my vaginal births and I had stitches, too.

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  23. HAHAHA! This is awesome and the exact set up my nurses provided me after delivery! IT was a life saver, especially since I had an epeez and a fourth degree tear!

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  24. aww where was pinterest 8 years and 4 kids ago.

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  25. I thought I was the only woman who loved her peri-bottle. Wish I had it before the delivery. Sure would have helped in the restroom.

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  26. Witches brew does better im talking about healing the vagina and the newborns umbilical cord with in three days . I gave birth too my 9lb 11 oz baby boy and my stuff was burning the midwife sat me in a warm sitz bath and instantly the pain was gone then gave me a baggie of extras and put cotton swabs in the liquid and told me to put on the baby's umbilical cord and it fell off in three days . It's all herbs making it natrual .

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  27. For those who are totally freaked out now, the experience is somewhat different for every individual. Too bad the undie sundae wasn't around the three times I gave birth. But once you get over that first scary bowel movement, you relax just a bit. Squeeze a little phisoderm ( or whatever they tell you to use as a wash), run the tap until the water is as hot as possible, fill the peri bottle halfway, then fill to the top with cold water. rinse with the entire contents. Fill again with just the hot and cold water to rinse off the cleansing solution. Carefully pat dry with tissue. then apply the undie sundae. The old school sitz bath of very warm water twice a day will also help to desensitize the area faster, reducing the pain. It feels really good, too! I felt much better in less than two days without the sundae.

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  28. Great advice and great blog! My own undie sundae 20 years ago was short the steroid cream, what a great addition!! :)

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  29. Oh god that squirt bottle was my best friend after I had my daughter 2 years ago. Mine definitely sucked though because I had some shitty(no pun intended) tearing. I cried the first time I had to go to the bathroom or sit down. I was given a cooling spray to use but honestly it lasted all of 2 minutes. I definitely got a laugh out of this and will be sharing with my preggo friends.

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  30. I wish I had read this before I had my daughter 5 years ago! You are real and don't sugar coat shit. Luv it!! Wish there were more like you <3

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  31. Unfortunately I read this about two years ago....since finding out I'm expecting my first just two weeks ago, I'm more terrified of the aftermath than the actual labor! :( lol

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    1. Congratulations!! Seriously, don't be nervous...it will be fabulous. It's not always terrible...I know girls that have had 9 1/2 pound babies and healed up easy breezy. I'm not going to lie, you won't be doing cartwheels, but you'll get through it and it will be just fine :)

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  32. I had a friend tell me that Depends were a life saver and passed on what she didn't end up using to me.... OMG they are wonderful as I would put them on and not have to worry about a pad moving around and making a mess... which turns out was unnecessary b/c I had "scant" postpartum bleeding as the nurses called it. but it was nice to use them anyways and I did put tucks pads inside them. Maybe you could make this using Depends as well.

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  33. Crazy, my baby number two gave me crazy eczema as well. Turned out the pregnancy made me gluten sensitive and as soon a I cut it out the eczema cleared up. Apparently allergies are common to arise during pregnancy...and disappear, who knew?

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  34. Thank you for those awesome information!! Im due in march with my very first one and am def gonna get this :) Where do you get those ice packs from and how many do you get? Did you use these the entire 12 weeks or just the first week???

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  35. this just made me laugh so hard I had to go change my panties because I peed in them. I wish I had this when I had my daughter 18 months ago. They did not even give me tucks pads or cooling cream or nothing. I had the sexy mesh panties and a thick pad and that's it. It was a little rough in the recovery department. I am seriously thinking of doing this the next time my girl parts get all chafed and raw (hey don't act like it does not happen to you). I bet it would make it feel better.

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  36. They don't offer any of these items here (I live in Ontario, Canada) except for the peri bottle. If you ask and on the off chance they have some, you can get the Tucks pads. I am pregnant for baby #4 and this sounds like it would be really handy now and then!

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  37. I didn't get this idea at all 9 years ago and now due in less than 3 months. Gonna remember this for sure.

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  38. This brought back memories! The mesh undies and peri bottle are the best!! We are now trying for baby number 3 so I will keep this in mind when it is time to deliver our future miracle.

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  39. forget the baby shoes...I bronzed my squirt bottle.

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  40. All of you women who support natural birth and all that never fail to baffle and amaze me. I mean, go you, seriously, but when it's my turn to push a 14-cm baby out of a 10-cm hole? Get me the juice.

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  41. LOL LOVE this. the ice packs and the squirt bottle were my faves. Oh the memories!

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  42. My hat is off to all you lovely women who pushed 'em out! All I can say is, there is something to be said for C-sections! LOL!

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  43. So do the 3 tuck pads go on the ice pack or the huge pad? If on the pad, then where does the ice pack go?

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  44. Brings back so many glorious memories! Round 2 starts in a few months :)

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