“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Support Pillows „
When you fall pregnant there are lots of things to think about; what sex your baby will be, what you will need, whether labour will be easy or hard, which cot is the best.....the list is endless. What I didn't really consider was when and where my waters would break until a visit to the midwife one morning in the last stage of my pregnancy. She told me that my waters could break anywhere and at any time. She was quick to mention that my waters may not convienantly break whilst I was on the toilet and that they may well go when I was shopping in Sainsburys or when I was sleeping. She told me that there was no way of me knowing when they would break so it was best to be prepared. One thing I didn't know was that if your water's break on a bed mattress, it will completely ruin it and will have to be thrown away as it will smell and nothing will get the smell out. She recommended that I purchase some disposable maternity bed mats just in case my waters did decide to leave me in the middle of the night. I couldn't rest until I had got some maternity mats. We were not in the position to ruin our bed mattress! I got mine in Mothercare and at the time they were around the £3.00 mark. They came in a little white and pink plastic bag and it was a pack of 5. When I got them out of the packet, I was surprised to see what I thought was a giant type of sanitary towel only flatter like a panty liner. They have an absorbant side with a waterproof layer to prevent any leaking on the bed. They are almost identical to the pampers baby dry mats which you use for potty training at night time. The mats are great apart from crumpling up a fair bit when you are sleeping on them. It gets a bit annoying and uncomfortable. They tend to move around alot. I never did see if these were absorbant for when your waters break as mine broke on the toilet (hurrah!) but I did continue to use them after I had had my daughter just in case I leaked any blood afterwards. I did a couple of times and it soaked the blood up really well and protected the mattress. I do recommend these just for the sheer peace of mind.
I came across these while pregnant with my first child, and thought they were an absolute essential item. Mainly as we had just forked out a fortune on a new mattress, and i didn't want it getting wrecked. I did try getting a sheet that went between the normal bedsheet and the mattress. My husband hated it as he got too hot and sweaty during the night, so he was soon begging me to find another solution. This was a great compromise. They are a thin and absorbant cotton mat with a plastic backing that you can put between the sheet and the mattress. They are not that big, so would cover about half of your body area. This is ok though as if you were a pregnant woman with waters breaking while you were asleep, trust me - you would know about it and get up pretty sharpish. I found that the mats stayed in place quite well, and i was not a delicate sleeper at this stage of pregnancy, more like a beached whale flopping about all over trying to get the elusive sleep that my body craved but my baby and vast bulk was stopping me from getting. The only downside to them was that after a few days of this, the internal absorbant layer started to break up a bit so i was less confident it would work. No problem though as it came in a pack with about 6 of them in, so no problem changing them other than trying to put the sheet back on while being so large. (I hope i am not offending anyone but i was huge - i put on 3 stone. I was very pleased in the end to have this product when my waters broke at 1:30am. With my first pregnancy i found that the position that the baby was in meant that my waters did not fully break. Instead, every time the baby moved or i had another contraction i lost liquid. It wasn't nice but at least i didn't worry about a wrecked mattress. It's not that it is particularly smelly, but it is quite a slimy fluid and there is rather a lot of it. I was so pleased with the product during my first pregnancy, i bought them again for my 2nd one, and again, my waters broke in bed. The first time labour was long so i had time to strip the bed and wash the sheets etc. This time i was only a few hours from start to finish, so didn't have time to do that. Again, peace of mind at leaving this sheet. A great buy. Nice and cheap, and will definitely save you or your partner some cleaning time. Will put your mind at rest, so just buy some.
Wholst i was pregnant with my first daughter i brought a water proof matress cover for my bed just incase my waters broke during the night as i didnt want it to ruin the matress but found that because this was made of plastic it was uncomfortable to sleep on as it made a horrible rustling sound and used to sweat my skin a lot during the summer nights. When i became pregnant with my second child i commented to my midwife about having to get the dreaded matress protector out again and she recomended these to me so off i went and brought a pack, The mats them selves are a decent size and are more than large enough to put on your bed or car seat just incase your waters break. The mat consists of a cotton type top layer that is very comfortable and soft so you can put this under or ontop of the bed sheet as you desire without it being uncomfortable, i tryed mine under the bed sheet but found it kept ruffling up so wouldnt have been any use to me if my waters had have broken so i resorted to using it ontop of the sheets as this way i could reposition it as need be each time i woke or got up to go to the toilet during the night which is quite often in late pregnancy. The back of these mats has a plastic layer but because it is a thin soft plastic it doesnt rustle when you move and didnt sweat my skin despite my second child being a august baby. I cant comment on how useful these would be at catching your waters if they did break wholst sitting on them as mine never did but i did find an alternative use for them after the birth, i found with my first child i was always worried about my maternity pads leaking during the night and making a mess of my bed so i used to get up to check them every time they felt damp which meant i didnt get a lot of sleep so with my second child i used these on my bed of a night so i wouldnt have to worry abot this so much and could get a better nights sleep. After having just brought two packs in preperation for my new arrival i can tell you that these are not cheep, selling at £3.99 for a pack of 5 of them but they are well worth it for the peace of mind they offered me.
This is one of those things you don't think about and until my midwife pointed them out I hadn't thought of them. As she told my ante natal class your waters breaking can ruin a mattress or a car seat. I bought a pack of these and put a couple on my side of the bed and used to sit on another in my car. They have an absorbant core with a thin waterproof layer underneath. Think of them like a big flat panty liner. I found them slightly awkward on the bed because they would move and crumple up as I moved around so some nights I could pretty much guarantee they would have missed the mess anyway. If you're pregnant and commuting they are great. They take the worry of any little "accidents" away from your waters or a big kick in the bladder. The only problem is they don't look very attractive through the window! I paid about £3.50 for mine. In the end they didn't get wet but the peace of mind itself was worth the money. In my view that small investment might save you a lot more money in the long run. I have used the clean one left as a travel change mat for my baby. They're so big you can cut them down to size and this makes them a bit cheaper than the pampers disposable change mats when you are out and about.
Protects your mattress during your pregnancy.