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An essential pad to buy in bulk!
Boots Maternity Pads
Member Name: Lools_24
Boots Maternity Pads
Advantages: Absorb well, comfortable and soft to wear, stay in place, good value
Disadvantages: Bulky, both to wear and to pack in hospital bag
***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.
Summary: A post labour essential from Boots
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