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This is obviously a product that you will need to pack with you in your hospital as let's be honest, you are going to NEED them once your little baby is born. They can be used for before the birth too if your body decides it wants to challenge you then too!
For a pack of 10 pads, it costs £1.05 and they are often included in Boots various offers throughout the year which to me is a very acceptable price to pay.
The packaging ~ well, who cares really to be honest? It is 'floral' and feminine but then I don't know of any men that would need such a thing anyway. Once torn open, the pads are then exposed to the air as they aren't individually wrapped.
They are contoured and fit snugly into your underwear. I like that they are quite long so that any leaking that could incur is avoided. The sticky strip on the back holds the pad into place too to help with that potentially embarrassing situation. I have never had a problem with them not absorbing. I find that they are comfortable to wear and don't cause any irritation at all.
The only downside to the pads is that it can seem quite bulky and any tight fitting clothes clearly show what is going on down there. This is the only negative thing that I can find about the product and as such I will happily recommend these to put in a hospital bag.
When your pregnant there is lots of 'fun' shopping to be done for your baby's arrival. Prams, bottles and cute little outfits. Then there is the essential shopping that isn't much fun but it just has to be done. Nappies, breast pads and maternity pads definitely fit into this latter catergory.
Everyone knows you bleed after birth but until having my first daughter I didn't realise quite how much or for how long it would last. With that said you definitely want a thick pad, that you can trust not leak and that aren't going to cost a fortune as you will be buying them for a few weeks after the birth. No one said having a child was cheap!
When it came to looking for maternity pads I had no idea where to start, no idea what brands were good or if I wanted normal or slim ones so hopefully this review might help if your in that position.
I ended up going for boots normal maternity pads as they were on 3 for 2 when I went to get some. I'm really glad I went for normal as opposed to slim as I bled heavily so a slim one just wouldn't of cut it especially in the early days after birth. Also the padding helps!
Boots maternity pads are available in boots stores and on their website in the baby section along with all the breast pads etc. At the time of writing this review they cost £1.05 for a pack of 10 and quite often boots have 3 for 2 on baby products so its worth buying then if you can as £2.10 for 30 pads is a great deal and you'll use them!
They come in a pale greeny blue plastic package with boots maternity pads written across the front. Plain and simple.
when you open the pads there are 10 long white pads. Each pad is reasonably thick and padded and has a sticking backing on the back with a paper over which you remove to stick to your underwear. These pads don't have wings.
I found them to be a great thickness and they protect that sensitive sore area after giving birth. They could do with being a little longer if I'm honest but I tend to double pads up in the early days so I feel really protected. They have really good absorbsion and I've never had any leaks with these pads. The sticking backing works really too to keep them well in place even without the wings.
The material they are made from is lovely and soft so it doesn't irritate an already sore area and any stitches will be protected without catching.
Its really important to feel protected and as comfortable as possible after giving birth and these pads certainly do the job. I will definitely be buying them again when this baby is born and I know they'll work just fine!
When it comes to having a baby, the most unappealing part (to me anyway) was the amount of blood loss us women suffer after giving birth. Normal sanitary pads do not offer enough protection to absorb the amount of blood a women will lose.
Boots offer regular maternity pads and also ultra slim pads. The regular pads are now packaged in a girly, floral packet. Each pad is around 30cm in length and has a sticky label (accessed by pulling a paper tab off) which allows the pads to be stuck to underwear. There are no wings to offer additional support.
These pads are designed with a 'contoured absorbant core' which absorbs the blood loss following birth. They are designed to be cushioned and gentle in the delicate area and stop leakages from occuring.
A 10pk of maternity pads can be bought in Boots stores or from www.boots.com priced at just £1.05.
I will try to keep 'my experience' brief and attempt not to gross out the males amongst us! When it came to packing my maternity bag, I was faced with choosing a brand of maternity pads. As I was purchasing most of my bits and pieces from Boots, I opted for their own maternity pads. The packaging has been updated recently but is still quite bulky.
I bought 2 pks for my hospital bag which was *just* enough to see me through the 36hours I was in hospital for. I needed to send my sister to get me some more for home though. 2 pks should be sufficient for 2 days in the hospital. I had a normal birth and bled heavily afterwards. I had a minor tear but chose not to brave the stitches but this did result in 'down there' being a little uncomfortable.
These pads are very easy to place inside underwear and stick well. I won't lie - I have big knickers and these pads covered the inside of them well! I found it best to wear slightly bigger knickers to accommodate the additional bulkiness. The pads are quite thick (and they need to be, believe me!) and substantially cover all areas that may become covered in blood.
The pads stay in place when moving about though I was very much aware I was wearing one at first. Being so used to tampons (which you cannot use post-birth), these are much bulkier but having given birth to a gorgeous baby boy, the last thing I was worried about was how big my knickers looked from the back! They took a bit of getting used to but were incredibly soft and didn't cause irritation to my delicate area.
The most important aspect of a maternity pad is how well they absorb blood. As I said before, I bled heavily (mainly in the first week) and experienced a lot of clots during this time. These pads performed exceptionally well and absorbed the blood in. I very rarely experienced any leakage except for the odd occasion where I got an icky clot!
The first 2-3days often required me to wear two pads at night to feel that little bit extra confidence but I was up during the night for feeds anyway so didn't have an issue with changing them. They do need changing more regularly than regular pads but this is to be expected.
They may not be pretty, they may not be the most appealing thing to wear and they certainly aren't sexy but these maternity pads do their intended job and they do it well. They are an essential post-birth item and are affordable to purchase. I used these for a few weeks until my bleeding stopped and will happily repurchase when I am pregnant again.
Thanks for reading :)
***As a pre warning my review is about a "feminine" product and discusses the delights of giving birth, I've tried to keep it as non-graphic as possible however some may find uncomfortable reading***
When I was expecting my twin boys as a new mum I was clueless about labour and birth and the whole giving birth/ hospital experience. The word hospital bag was thrown about a lot and numerous websites and friends would list various items that need to be packed in there; some were debateable however essential items that need to be placed in there were maternity pads which is why I purchased Boots Maternity Pads (on mass).
***Boots Maternity Pads***
Boots Maternity Pads are described as "soft and absorbent, thick pads which cushion and protect specially designed for use in the days following the birth of your baby."
Basically maternity pads are very much like very thick sanitary towels however have been specially designed to absorb blood loss post birth so are thicker and slightly longer as post birth women usually bleed heavily for a number of weeks particularly in the days after giving birth.
The Boots Maternity pads are basically a long thick white pad around 30cm long and 8cm wide and around 2-2.5cm thick. The absorbent side of the pad is white and the other side is made from a light pink plastic. This has an adhesive strip on to keep the pad in place which is covered by a white film.
The pads are available from Boots stores and online and come in a pack of 10 and cost £1.05 which I think is very reasonable. However it is worth noting that especially in the first few days you go through a lot of these and will need at least 2 packs of these in your hospital bag for a standard hospital stay; more if you are required to stay in hospital longer.
Without going into too much graphic gory detail after I gave birth to my twin boys the first few hours were quite a blur. Because I had to give birth in theatre (with a 15 strong audience of medical staff) and had an epidural immediately after giving birth a midwife helped to clean me up and get me ready as I was unable to walk and get off the bed so I was literally transferred into a fresh outfit with maternity pads.
The pads come in the pack of 10 which is a plastic sealed wrapped. The pads are not individually wrapped so once you open the packaging you simply take a pad out, peel off the backing and stick the adhesive side in place in underwear. As these pads are so thick the pack of 10 pads is very bulky especially when you need to pack at least 2 packs for a hospital stay so these like all maternity pads take up a fair amount of room in your bag. Because I had a five day hospital stay after having my boys I could not pack enough pads and was dependent on Mr Lools and my mum bringing in more packs during my stay.
I had a natural birth and spent in total almost 3 hours in the pushing stage with my first son and during this time a number of medical staff had attempted to help "manually turn" my sons head as he was coming out so as you can imagine down there was quite sore and delicate. But as far as natural births go I was lucky in the sense that I escaped with what is known medically as "grazes" and had no tears, I didn't needing cutting (!!) and I had no stitches so I was not in as much pain as some of my other friends after to giving birth. However once I got back on my feet and walking around I did feel quite delicate. The Boots Maternity Pads are very soft and cushioned and I could sit, walk and move around without much discomfort or felt like the pad was rubbing. Mr Lools bought another brand of maternity pads on the third day of the hospital stay and brought these in for me to use and compared with the Boots Maternity Pads they caused a lot more rubbing and discomfort and did not feel as soft and flexible (so he was sent out to get more Boots ones). Friends that have had quite traumatic births and had lots of stitches have commented that they could only bear to wear the Boots Maternity Pads so it would seem these are one of the softest and more cushioned options.
The pads were easy to stick in place on a variety of underwear and did not come off once in place. I personally would have felt more comfortable if these had been winged and wrapped around the side of underwear however with most maternity pads this is somehow not the case. I do feel that the pads due to the nature of them were very bulky and thick so did make me feel like I almost had a brick between my legs. When on the post-delivery ward in hospital this is not so much an issue being surrounded by other women who have also just gone through childbirth and wearing nightgowns and pyjamas however once I got back into the "real world" I did feel conscious and became paranoid about what I was wearing. Obviously post birth I was not wearing tight fitted clothing but when wearing leggings (which are standard maternity and post childbirth essentials) I felt I needed to wear a long top to ensure you could not see the bulky pad through my leggings. Mr Lools assured me that you could not see or notice but I still was not entirely comfortable.
In terms of absorbency I did not have a problem with the Boots Maternity Pads leaking although in the early few days after giving birth I was in a hospital room with en suite so every hour I was easily able to waddle a few meters to the toilet. Blood loss post birth will vary women to women and it seems that I did not suffer badly with this either. In the first few days I was going through 1 Boots Maternity Pad every 1-2 hours but after this the bleeding was lighter and after a week I no longer needed to use a pad as thick as these maternity pads were. I liked that these pads absorbed the blood whereas the other brand of maternity pads Mr Lools bought for me didn't seem to absorb as quick so I felt the blood sat on top of the pad which added to the uncomfortable experience.
I would definitely recommend the Boots Maternity Pads to those expecting a baby as not only are they good value they were in my opinion the most comfortable brand that I tried. After speaking to some of my "mum friends" who had quite traumatic natural births and suffered A LOT of discomfort down their post birth many of them said Boots maternity pads were the only brand of pads they could wear. I also found that they absorbed blood loss very well especially in the first few days of giving birth when it is at its worst. At £1.05 for a pack of ten pads this is excellent value for money especially as post birth you will go through a fair amount of maternity pads due to blood loss.
My main criticism of the Boots Maternity Pads is although they are comfortable in terms of how they feel again delicate parts post birth they are bulky to wear and feel a little awkward especially if you are wearing out in public and I felt conscious that you could see them through clothes (although Mr Lools assured me you couldn't at all). Because of the nature of the pads and their purpose they are thick when in packaging so do take up a lot of room in your hospital bag as you need to pack at least 2 packs even for a short stay so you may find along with all of the other things you need to take the maternity pads do bulk out your hospital bag a lot (on the way in any way!).
An essential post labour item that has been packed away in my hospital bag ready for our new arrival.
Giving birth is the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life and even though it is beautiful and a wondrous experience it is very messy and unpleasant and involves lots of blood. Both times I have given birth they have been vaginal deliveries so I can't comment on C-section deliveries but one of the essential products you will need are some maternity pads. I was fortunate to know this piece of information before I gave birth the first time and so stocked up on lots of these Boots maternity pads.
After birth you are still very sore down below and have blood loss for a number of reasons, some being that you may have been cut to give the baby more room to come out and also just left over blood from the placenta and all the other things going on under there. The first couple days are the heaviest and sometimes I would find that if I had been sitting for a while and then stood up I would definitely feel some gushing and was very thankful to have a big thick towel there protecting my modesty!
I took a couple of packs of these pads to the hospital with me as they are one of the first products you will use pretty soon after birth and after you get all cleaned up. For me it was lovely to have a shower, put my underwear back on and have the protection of this towel. I recommend. Taking a few packets as you will want and probably need to change them every hour or so, at least in the first couple of days.
Boots maternity pads can be found in the baby section in most Boots stores along with the breast pads and paper knickers etc. they are basically just a big thick sanitary towel but I would recommend getting these as opposed to regular sanitary towels as they are tailored specifically for after birth and are a bit cheaper than a pack of regular towels.
The pads come in a pack of 10 and cost £1.05 so very cheap in my opinion. They are not individually wrapped but I think the plastic wrapping they come in are enough to keep them clean and hygienic. The pads are very thick, soft and absorbent and are actually very comfortable to wear. They are the same size from front to back and are quite long so they have a good coverage area. They have a contoured absorbent core and I never once had a leak whilst wearing these. The back has a sticky strip on it and once you peel away the bit of paper protecting this the pad sticks easily to your underwear and they stay in place nicely.
I had to wear these for about three weeks after birth and highly recommend them for your hospital bag!
I gave birth to my beautiful little girl, Erin on the tenth of February this year. I had a natural (vaginal) birth, however you will still need maternity pads even if you have a caesarean birth. When I was pregnant I was totally oblivious about maternity pads but obviously my midwife informed me of their purpose and the importance of them, explained to me why I would need them and I soon understood that they were a neccesity to include in my hospital bag. I decided to purchase three packs of ten as I naively thought that would be more than enough and that the lot would last until i'd stopped bleeding. Wrong!
**What are maternity pads?**
For anyone who doesn't know what a maternity pad is (also sometimes called maternity towels) it is basically a large sanitary towel used to absorb the lochia once you've had your baby. Lochia is the lining of the womb and it's just like a very heavy period. It depends with different people how heavy the flow is, and as a result you can get a range of different types - ultra slim ones (usually used when the lochia is coming to an end/is lighter) or thicker ones. It is important not to use normal period pads as maternity pads are thicker, more absorbent and also longer. It is also not advised to use tampons after birth as they may lead to an infection.
**How long will lochia last for?**
This will vary for different people, but the guidelines say that lochia should come to an end within around four to six weeks. This is why i'm glad that the pads are so cheap!!
**Are the pads expensive?**
I purchased the 'original' maternity pads from Boots which are the thicker ones. Luckily, considering how many of these I get through, they're very cheap. I paid a very reasonable £1.05 for each pack of ten and the 'ultra slim' version is available in packs of 12 priced at £2.05 each. So overall, they're fab value for money and not expensive at all!
**What's the packaging like and what do the pads look like?**
The pads come like period pads would and they're packaged ontop of eachother in a thin plastic wrapper which is white with a gorgeous girly pink floral pattern on it which is eye catching and easily recogniseable meaning that when I was in hospital and high on pain relief I could still spot the packet easily! The pack has a drawstring on the top so I didn't need to transfer the pads into a container or a bedside table draw which was handy and I can keep them in the pack. The pads come individually wrapped and it's quick to open them. They come folded up as a period pad would do and to use them I simply unfold one, peel the sticky part off the back and then stick it onto my knickers.
**My experience (may make a few people think 'ew gross!' so beware!)**
I bought these pads a few weeks before my due date and was impressed with how cheap they were. I was a bit concerned that the pads would be too big for my knickers (which aren't skimpy either, they're granny knickers!) however they do fit onto my knickers fine despite being so large and thick. The pads are thick enough to block the blood from dribbling out of the side of my knickers and are long enough to avoid the blood going down the back of my knickers and dribbling out that way, lol. Getting the pad into the right position was easy peasy and it's easy to put them onto my pants - the soft side obviously faces upwards while the sticky strip on the back of it is placed onto the fabric of my pants. Despite the strip not been completely sticky on the back (the adhesive strip is quite thin) the pad sticks on securely and i've not had any issues with the pad loosing the stickiness and coming unstuck lol so no complaints there.
These are not winged which I think is a bit silly as I would imagine it would make them that bit more secure if they were but for the price i'm not going to complain. Although the pads are thick and cushioned they don't add a huge amount of bulk to my knickers - obviously they add a noticeable bulk to them but not so much so that I can't wear certain clothes like jeans (not skinny ones mind!) etc. I found the pads a little uncomfortable to wear at first as I felt very bulked out and self concious although I soon got used to them. For the first week after I gave birth my boyfriend had the job of getting my knickers and pads ready for my to put on and he had no issues with doing this and as far as i'm aware he found it easy to get the pads in place. I had a natural birth with my daughter and they had to cut me 'down there' meaning I had to get stitches. As a result I was very sore and swollen for the first week and a half (I still am but not as much) so I love the fact that these pads are so soft and cushioned and it also protects my privates from getting rubbed on by the material of my jeans/leggings etc and even helped ease the uncomfortable effort of sitting down/getting back up/walking around. I bled very heavily for the first two weeks of having my daughter and it's only started to very recently become lighter (only a tiny bit lighter though!) and not as dark.
In the first few days after having my daughter there was literally pools of thick blood so my pads needed changing every 30 minutes or so - I felt uncomfortable as although the pads did absorb the blood, they could only absorb so much and so the excess built up on the surface meaning I could feel the blood building up which was not a pleasant feeling. A little blood did leak out in the first couple of days as my flow was ridiculously heavy, however I was advised to use two pads together and this stopped any leakages. After three or so days the flow had settled down a little and the blood didn't 'escape' and didn't run out of my knickers meaning the pads did a good job in containing a heavy flow and put my mind at ease that I wouldn't feel a dribble down my leg at an inapropiate time lol. Two pads can be stuck together either ontop of eachother to make a big extra thick pad or next to eachother to make an extra long pad, however I find the pads are thick and long enough. Now that my flow isn't quite as heavy a pad usually lasts for aroud 2 hours before I feel I need to change it. Disposing of the pads is easy as they can fit in a nappy bag easily or alternatively can be wrapped in tissue and put into a rubbish bag. I always wrap mine up before throwing it away as obviously it's not a very hygienic item! Obviously you shouldn't flush these down the loo as they're so thick they will block it and could cause a flood!!
Sorry if this grosses anyone out, but I should mention that lochia does have a scent - it will vary from person to person but mine smells very mildly like a menstrual flow would but with a cleaner and almost earthy smell. Mine is not a strong or pungent smell (if yours is then you need to get it checked out in case of infection) but it is certiannly noticeable if you wear a pad for too long so it's important to change it regulary even if you aren't bleeding heavily. I think that these pads do a good job in masking the smell and the smell only becomes noticeable after a while of wearing a pad and I change mine regulary anyway - sorry if that grosses anyone else but it is worth mentioning. Now that i'm not bleeding as much and my lochia is thinner, I am considering getting some of the thinner ones in the next week or so, however I am quite happy to use up the last of these ones first as I find them easy to use, comfortable and they're very durable and absorbent. The boots maternity pads are the only brand i've used so I am unable to compare the quality to other brands but I personally think that for the price they're great quality as well as effective at absorbing huge amounts of moisture!
- Packaging - individually packed and the packet they come in has a handy drawstring so it acts as a container for them
- Comfortable to wear as soft and cushioned
- Sticky back is sticky enough to stick onto my pants securely
- The right size to be able to fit into nappy bags with ease, so easy to dispose of
- Only packs of ten available, I would prefer a bulk pack of 50 or 100
- Leaked with a very heavy blood flow
- Can only absorb a set amount of fluid and so the blood builds up after a while
These pads are affordable and I like the fact that they are individually packaged. I love that they come in an attractive packet and I like that they don't bulk my knickers out enormously, like I had imagined. They ease any soreness from sitting down and moving around as they act like a cushion and give extra padding 'down there'. They also are able to absorb a heavy flow, although as they did leak the first couple of times that I used them resulting in me having to use two at a time, I give them 4/5 stars.
Well baby daughter has arrived safely into the world, and alongside the joys of being a new mother, are the not so nice elements of the aftermath of labour, so much of which nobody ever mentions. After labour, there is a substantial blood loss that even I had not fathomed beforehand, but it is therefore essential to pack into a hospital bag the right sort of pads to absorb such a loss.
Most of the big supermarkets and pharmacies stock their own maternity pads, and I picked up a variety from different stores when I saw them, however in my hospital bag I packed two packs of these Boots Maternity pads, which cost £1.05 for a pack of 10, but at the time they were on offer for 3 for 2 alongside other baby stuff.
Maternity pads remind of old style sanitary pads, long before they became the ultra slim kind they are now. These maternity pads from Boots come with a sticky back which is useful as it keeps the pad in place, and when you are having to use two on top of each other, you can be sure that they stay in position and collect all the loss without it leaking onto your clothes or underwear. These Boots maternity pads are heavily cushioned to help with the tenderness as well that you are likely to experience. On the packaging, Boots state that these pads are soft and absorbent and thick, all three of which I found to be true. They didn't annoy me even with them being so thick, and I found them comfortable to wear, which is essential in the early days after birth ,when you really aren't that comfortable down below!!
Never once when wearing these pads did any of my blood loss leak onto my underwear, which goes to show how absorbent they are. I felt that they price of a pack of 10 of these was good value, and around the same as what you would pay in other places. For what you are using them for, I wouldn't like to be paying a lot, but at the same time, they are an absolute necessity after birth, and I was certainly glad that I had packed two of these packs in my hospital bag. If I ever wish to have another baby, though the memory of labour is a little too fresh at the moment, then I would certainly buy these again, as they are comfortable, absorbent, and the bit of cushioning in them is a blessing!
Maternity pads are one of the absolute essentials to pack in your hospital bag. I had done my research before I purchased any and the Boots ones seemed to be the most popular. Not only are they very absorbent, they also provide a comfortable cushion, if like me you are quite bruised or swollen. I continued to use maternity pads for about 6 weeks after my son was born and tried other brands, however, they didn't quite seem to be as good as Boots. Boots have two different versions - normal and slimline. I would recommend the normal ones for at least the first few weeks or until any brusing has eased off - these may not look pretty but you'll be glad in the end, believe me! The slimline ones are more like normal slimline sanitary towels and provided little comfort when I was sore. The slimline ones are however useful after the first month post natal as the bleeding reduces.
==Boots Maternity Pads==
In those few days coming back from the hospital with newly born Jack and being in a complete and utter daze, the last thing I wanted to do was to go out and buy more maternity pads because foolishly I hadn't anticipated how much I would bleed and for how long. Which is where Himself came in useful by having to go down to Boots and pick me up some maternity pads.
I can imagine that he wouldn't have felt very confident in getting the right sort of ones and not blushing profusely when handing over the money (and my advantage card I had made him take) but luckily I hadn't minded which brand or anything he came back with or even how many. Luckily he did come back with two large packets of the pads and each packet had 12 in. They cost only £1 each so really there were a good price and I was pleased with the quality of the item too. Having said that I would have been pleased for anything right at that time!
The pads themselves has a little sticky strip on the bottom of them so that they could be fixed into your super big mummy knickers, although the strip was rather thin and didn't give as much stick as I probably would have liked. They are however very thick and soft and when comparing them to what they dish out in the maternity warm they felt extremely comfortable and far kinder to the delicate area which had been so brutally abused (I had a rather painful and messy ventouse, episotomy birth - ouch!).
I felt that the pads were of a nice long length too which made for great coverage but also meant that you felt as though you has a teddy bear stuffed in your pants at the same time. On the absorbency side of things the pads were not too bad. They weren't especially brilliant either. I would recommend wearing some old or cheap new pants (I had to buy a lot so new big pants as all my regular day to day underwear were tongs which I could hardly take into hospital or stick a maternity pad too). Wearing a pair of pants that are cheap or old means that any leakage that is bound to happen will not spoil your favourite knickers or anything.
On the whole I have to say that as far as any product goes, that this one was pretty mediocre. They did do the job but they were far from perfect at doing it. I did find that the fact that they were individually wrapped was good for taking them out the house on the rare trips we did in those very early days and they were nice and soft. However the leakage I got with them and the fact that they were not sticky enough were a couple of draw backs. They were however far superior to the ones at the hospital so really they weren't all bad.
I think an average score of 3 stars of of 5 is in order for this product. I wouldn't mind too much if these were the brand I used next time I had a baby but anything will do so I wouldn't mind trying out another brand!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read
Six months since I gave birth and I can now just about think about and almost laugh about it (almost almost almost!!!). Several of my friends have asked what is essential for "post birth in hospital" and these are one of those items so I have decided to ditch my horror of all things messy and write a review.
What are these?
As any lady will know when you have a period you need to use towels or tampons. Now imagine (if you dare) your womb being about a million times the size it normally is and not having bled for 9 months. As you can imagine (and sorry to the squemish out there!) you will bleed a lot when your lovely bundle of joy arrives.
So these are pads to "soak up the mess".
Where do I get them?
I tried a couple of different brands but Boots were by far the best.
When would I use them?
After having a baby!
How many do I need?
I would recommend at least 10 packets - they come in packs of 10 and I naively thought that I would need say 2 packs. Once my lovely son was born I was immediately told to put two pads together (yes you stick them together in the middle so that you have one super long pad) so was getting through 1/5 of a pack every 3 hours or so for the first couple of days. Yes as I had to stay in hospital there was a panicked phone call to hubby asking him to go to Boots and buy up there entire stock!
You could probably get away with 2/3 packs for the first couple of days (depending on how you feel - I just cant stand being icky down there so was changing them frequently). I would recommend going for more rather than less!
How do these perform?
Well I was unlucky in that I had a large haemarrage after giving birth and continuted to bleed heavily for a couple of days (hence while I was in hospital). These Boots pads performed in a fantastic way. No leakage (even when two were attached together) and they were remarkably soft and comfortable. They didnt get caught on stitches either (sorry might by TMI but was VERY important to me!)
Why do I need them?
Because dammit you can't use tampons for a post natal bleed (ask the health professionals)
Why should I use these ones?
THey are absorbant, soft and really really thick thus making them comfortable to sit on and they allow you to at least feel normal.
Why would I not want these?
Because it is horrible having a huge post natal bleed BUT most people will need them so get some that perform!
This is a horrible thing to be reviewing BUT of the three brands I tried these were by far the best!
What can i say - you need them if you are about to have a baby. You may need a lot or you may get away with a few, but they are definitely essential, and need to be in your maternity bag to take to the hospital.
Basically, after you have a baby, if you have a natural birth you will experience a lot of vaginal bleeding, and you may also have had stitches so you will want to put something very soft next to that area.
When you first see a maternity pad they are not like normal sanitary towels. Personally i was horrified at how thick they were. I was sure it would be really obvious i was wearing them, and it would feel really uncomfortable purely because you are not used to it.
Midwifes will be obsessed by them. Having a baby is not that dignified really, and this is no exception. Midwifes may want to examine them during labour to see if you are losing any funny coloured amniotic fluid or other discharge that might mean an infection in you. After birth, they want to see them to see how much blood you are losing.
The bit i found weirdest about them is they are designed not to be that absorbant. A normal sanitary towel is designed to wick the moisture inside the towel and keep it safe, whereas these have a bit of a tendency to leak. I suppose not a bad thing really as you want to change them really frequently to avoid any infection in your stitches.
As soon as my waters went with each pregnancy, i needed to use one of these. With my first birth, the baby was positioned in such a way that every contraction produced another leak of amniotic fluid. I went through so many of these pads in a few hours it was unbelievable. Good job they were soft and cheap.
I found you could get two types - some were really long and fat. Then there were some that were a lot more slimline and more like the sanitary towels you might normally buy.
I found that i wore these for the 1st 10 days after the birth of my children in case the midwife wanted to exam them, but then once they stopped visiting and my loss was more manageable then i switched to my usual brand of sanitary towels.
They do the job they are designed to. Just don't expect them to be absorbant. An essential buy for your maternity bag.
After recently giving birth to my second child, I realised I'd done the wrong thing in buying the same maternity pads as I did the first time. The first pads I purchased were from Mothercare. They rubbed and the material they used wasn't comfortable at all.
After pushing another large 9.9lb baby out I was in a lot of pain as it was. Sorry that was more than likely to much information. These pads will become your best friend after you've had your baby.
Boots do two types of maternity pads. A pack of 10 really think ones and a pack of 12 ultra thin ones. The Thicker ones are priced at 99p and the ultra thinner ones are price at £1.99. They are available to purchase from most boots stores.
The thicker maternity pads are ideal for straight after the birth of your child, as you do bleed alot and are very uncomfortable, they are quite bulky and don't give you a hell of a lot of confidence. So I would recommend that after you've stopped bleeding so heavily (usually around 7-10days) to change onto the ultra thin pads. Both pads do hold a considerable amount but just remember to change as often as you can. Neither types rubed or damaged my skin. They were both an excellent purchase.
Overall if I do end up having another bundle of joy then these will be the maternity pads i buy again. They are a reasonable price and comfy.
Also dont forget you can use your boots advange card and earn points to treat yourself to somthing nice, or something for the baby.
After suffereing a traumatic birth and an even more horrendous experience after birth I needed some heavy duty maternity pads and these ones did the job considerably but at the cheapest price.
It is very easy to get conned out of money when you are buying necessaity items for your post birth term with high tec pads and gadgets in specified baby stores however none of this is needed when there is a simple yet incredibly strong and adequate maternity pad at boots.
The pack of 10 pads costs 99p and albeit you may be going through them quickly they really are worth it and these are the best I found. They are soft and incredibly flexible so can contort into any underware or maternity garment that you may be using at the time, even if you are tight elastene wear after a cesarean.
They are designed to use only for after birth not for general monthly periods as they are far thicker than normal sanitary pads and are made to maintain a heavier allowance of fluid. When I state they are heavy and large though compared to the post natal units pads they are like a panty liner in comparison.
My post birth pads at the hospital were quite uncomfortable, enormous and almost scratchy material. In fact they didnt even absorb quite as much as the boots ones alone and hence my husband bought these pads in from boots in preference to the hospitals own. The boots pads are much lighter nad therefore much more comfortable and you will forget you are wearing them for the majority of the time.
They are cushioned and so can help ease pain if you have suffered an episiotomy or any tearing during labour and because being so soft they wont irritate the wound at all.
An excellent and cheap all rounder maternity pad and a must for any post birth mother in those crucial post birth weeks.
After having my previous two children i had tryed and tested maternity pads from a range of stores, not due to the fact i wanted a variety as with my first child i thought they were all the same and did the same job but purely due to the fact i used to pick up a pack wholst in a store that sold them during my pregnancy as you need quite a few packs after the baby is born.
When i first tryed boots maternity pads with my first daughter they were just thick streight pads with nothing particularly special about them and although they were very absorbant they actually leaked very easily around your legs and down onto your underwear long before the pad was full which was not only a waste of a pad but very irritating.
I avoided buying these with my second child as i had had a previous bad experience with them and found superdrugs to be better as they were contoured to fold up around the leg areas to stop these leaks, after my daughter was born i sent my mother to get me some more maternity pads and was a little disapointed with the fact she brought boots but after opening them was very pleasantly surprised to see they had changed the design to a contoured pad so it too would fold to fit the shape of my body to prevent leaks and they did the job very well this time, they are not expensive to buy as there are 10 pads in a pack for around £1, they are not the most comfortable to wear due to there thickness but you need this after delivering a baby but they do keep the moisture away from your skin so your skin doesnt get sore.
Another problem i encountered with maternity pads in general was that after the first two weeks of realy heavy bleeding the flow had slowed a lot and i didnt need a pad that was so thick but my normal always sanitary towels just were not quite thick enough so something inbetween would have been ideal, wholst shopping in preperation for the new babys arrival i was pleasantly surprised to see that boots now sell a ultra thin maternity pad which i am hoping will be the solution to this this time around.
I used Boots Maternity pads after giving birth to my daughter- i found them to be very good.
After giving birth you are a little tender to say the least and i found that the pad not only helped with the discharge (which can last several weeks after the birth) but also as a comfy cusion to soften the area when sitting down.
I had found after purchasing these pads that mothercare do pads with wings and i thought that maybe i should have got these however in the end i was fine without wings - initially the discharge was heavy and by the time it got lighter and i benefited from a more secure towel im had moved onto a regular brand of towels but got the night time versions.
These were much needed and very helpful for several weeks after the birth of my daughter and great value for money.
I have used the boots store soo much more since becoming pregnant and i always like a good reason to go in - they have such fantastic offers on most of the products at some time or another that i end up with lots of advantage card points!
The pads do not come away and stay very firmly in place, they hold a lot too so they can be relied upon when you really do have much better things to be putting your mind into !