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Just like giant period pads!
Boots Maternity Pads
Author Name: daisylee3
Boots Maternity Pads
Advantages: Cheap & absorbent
Disadvantages: Needed to use 2 at a time at first or they leaked
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.
Summary: A necessity for new mummies :)
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