1. Laborade -- This is a great drink not only for moms in labor, but for anyone who does sports activities or works out. I drank this after each contraction and also the first week of nursing when I am ever so thirsty. I got the idea from THIS original recipe, but added it to coconut water instead of plain water for extra electrolytes and potassium. It was very easy to throw together... Mark made it for me in just minutes at 3am while we were waiting for his parents to get to our house to stay with the girls so we could go on to the birth center! I don't love coconut water by itself because it is a little too sweet for me, but the lemons added a nice sour flavor that made this drink the perfect "labor-ade" for me.
1/4 cup raw honey
1/2 tsp real sea salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
Coconut water or just filtered water
Directions: Mix well; can keep in fridge and add to 1/2 gallon of coconut water when needed. Or just add a couple of Tbs to a cup of coconut water. I'll be honest, we didn't really measure and I think we added more than that. But it was good and really worked!
2. Home-made Frozen Witch-Hazel Pads for Postpartum Healing -- My friend gave me this recipe and these are awesome and really help promote healing.
For 4 Pads:
4 Tablespoons of witch hazel
1 tsp. teaspoon of aloe vera liquid
12 drops of lavender oil.
Directions: open the pad up and then pour the mixture on along pretty much the whole length of the pad. Fold, wrap individually in aluminum foil, put in a ziploc bag, and stick in the freezer. Use one every couple of hours. The comforting sensation/healing lasts for a good half hour or more with each one