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Moxie Postpartum (a.k.a maternity) care has entered the chat, with the newest arrival to the Moxie fam, Moxie Postpartum Pads; complete with a reusable gel pack, for warming or cooling, soothing care. They're a little like your classic padsicle, but better (in our humble opinion, anyway) - why? Because like a padiscle, they cool and absorb, but they can warm, too! These triple threat warming, cooling and absorbing post-birth period pals have been designed specially to help make your postpartum period that little easy(er).
How do they work? Simple. Warm your gel pack, insert it in the hidden pocket behind the pad and wear during labour contractions as a warming compress to help prepare for labour; then cool, re-insert and wear it as you need post-birth to help soothe the perineum, ease discomfort associated with vaginal birth and of course, absorb post-partum flow (full instructions available in pack).
Need some extra pre or post-birth TLC? Meet our Moxie mini hotties - a perfect warming compress for your lower back or to warm weary bones - with more postpartum pals arriving soon - all designed to make your maternity journey that little bit easy(er).
Introducing your new post-birth period pals: planet-friendly(er), slimline, ultra-absorbent pads made with organic cotton, specially designed with a unique pocket attached on the back to hold a warming or cooling and reusable, soothing gel pack - for postpartum care down there. You can say 'see ya' to traditional padsicles, or to filling up frozen condoms, or to those super thick and bulky pads no-one really wants to wear. This is the new, comfortable and cool way to postpartum period.
(ALWAYS READ THE LABEL AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. ARTG No: 397550).
Here's how they work...
Here's how to use both most effectively, with some thoughtful advice from the experts.
Your go-to guide for that post-birth bleed and what to expect when your period re-enters the chat.
What to do if and when you tear down there, with help from the experts.
"You can bleed for up to 6 weeks after giving birth, but it may stop earlier than this," says our Resident Expert and Sydney-based OBGYN Dr. Nicole Stamatopoulos. "If it persists after 6 weeks, I would see your GP or obstetrician", she adds. Learn more about what to expect from your postpartum period, HERE.
Most minor vaginal tears will heal on their own in a few weeks, but some may require stitches or in more severe cases, surgical repair - both of which will be done by your Doctor.
If you do have stitches, these will likely dissolve on their own.
Learn more about vaginal tearing, and labour, HERE:
"It takes about 6 weeks for your body to be in a 'non-pregnant' state, so around a month after that", advises Dr. Nicole Stamatopoulos, OBGYN. Although, if you're breast/chest feeding, your period may take longer to return. "If you don't see your period 3 - 6 months even after you cease breastfeeding, see your Doctor", says Dr. Stamatopoulos.
We suggest a warm compress during labour, as does Dr. Stamatopoulos. "Some women like to use heat packs for pain relief in labour, particularly on their back. The other use of warm compresses is on the perineum during the pushing stage of labour to assist with the stretching of the perineum, to help stop tearing", she says.
Post-birth, a cold compress can be used to help provide soothing relief to the perineum and surrounding areas that may have experienced trauma from a vaginal birth.
Whilst your Moxie reusable gel pack has been specially designed to fit behind a Moxie Postpartum pad, it is multi-purpose and can be used for warming and cooling on other parts of the body as necessary. Just be sure to always read the instructions for use (on the gel pack) and wrap it in a cloth first - never place it directly on the skin.
Your postpartum bleed will be heavier in the first few days post-birth, so you may find you need to change your pad more frequently than you would during your regular menstrual cycle - so perhaps every two - three hours or so. If you're soaking through your pads every hour or less, or are experiencing a continuous flow, see your Doctor or go to the ER immediately, as you may be experiencing a postpartum haemorrhage.
Your Moxie gel pack is reusable and should never come into contact with your flow, as it's held between two layers of compostable film on the back of the pad. Though if you need to, you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
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