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I have to say that maternity pads are never going to be a product that we all want to rush out and buy......because I'm sure we would all prefer not to have to wear them at all! Unfortunately, maternity pads after having a baby are a fact of life - but I have to admit that it's not something that I gave much thought to buying and so it was just a matter of picking up the first packet of maternity pads that I came across. This happened to be a packet of Mothercare Maternity Pads With Wings which was bought direct from Mothercare. I can't remember exactly what it cost me to buy at the time, but a pack of 24 pads is currently on sale at Mothercare for £4.99. In hindsight this is quite expensive when you compare the price of this pack to a packet of sanitary towels, but it does seem that for some reason, maternity pads do tend to be more expensive.
The Mothercare Maternity Pads work in the same way as sanitary towels and so it's just a matter of peeling back the backing in order to reveal the adhesive tracks which mean that these pads are then able to be pressed onto the knickers to stop them from being moved around. The adhesive element works well and once the pads are in place they do not move - and this is probably where the only positive element about these pads begins and ends! There are "wings" that wrap around the outside line of the gusset so that your knickers are further protected - in theory at least.
However, this does not detract away from the fact that unfortunately the pad is very similar to a brick. It is a huge wedge of pad which does not allow you to forget that you're wearing it because it is actually so bloody uncomfortable. It is both thick and wide, and I guess I wouldn't mind so much if this was necessary to provide adequate protection, but I didn't find this to be the case either. I felt like I was walking around with a nappy on, and sitting on it was uncomfortable to the point of making me feel really self conscious. They are not very well tapered at the edges, unlike sanitary pads, and I see no reason for this at all.
They are also not very absorbent and I found that there would often be big clots sat on top of the pad which never absorbed into the towel and added to the poor comfort. They also felt wet when they were being warn, and unless they were changed every 2 hours or so, they would leak as well as start to smell quite unpleasant.
I would not recommend these at all, and to be honest, I found ordinary Always Ultra sanitary towels to be much more up to the job!
After nine months of pregnancy and the blissful absence of periods, Mother Nature gets her revenge immediately after the ordeal of childbirth! For the uninitiated, after giving birth naturally a woman's body starts to release all the by-products of pregnancy or lochia. Many pregnancy books describe the blood loss rather euphemistically as being 'like' a heavy period and it is - just as a hurricane is 'like' a strong wind! Maternity pads are an absolute essential for your labour bag to take into hospital for delivery as the blood loss will start literally as soon as you get up after giving birth. The hospital bathroom will soon resemble the shower scene from Psycho, if my experiences are typical!
This time around, I picked up several packs of a supermarket own brand of maternity pads assuming, without too much consideration, that all brands would be pretty similar. I couldn't have been more wrong! The supermarket maternity pads (which were incidentally, Asda's Little Angels range) were essentially just standard slimline sanitary towels and were totally ineffective at dealing with the sheer quantity of blood loss immediately after birth. On the way home from hospital, I sent my husband into Mothercare to stock up on their range of maternity pads with strict instructions to buy the thickest, largest pads they had! Mothercare maternity pads certainly fulfil that criteria. The pads are huge, both in thickness and length. They are probably the last thing that you could imagine wanting to wear in your knickers, due to the sheer bulk of the pads, but they fulfil the rather unpleasant job in hand effectively without worrying about any leaking around the sides or edges.
These pads still need changing very regularly, obviously, for hygiene reasons and just because you feel a bit 'icky' wearing these jumbo pads. Once on, the pads stay attached well, in spite of their size, with sticky pads on the underside. The pads aren't individually wrapped 'for discretion' but, realistically, with pads this size, discretion isn't really a priority. The outer lining might seem rather coarse as it is designed to 'catch' any larger clots, rather than simply absorb all discharge as regular sanitary towels do. You may find a midwife asking to see the contents of one of your maternity pads, particularly if there are any worries about the amount of blood loss or concerns about possible infection. These pads mean that everything is laid bare, which is not a pretty sight, by any means!
In spite of the bulky pad and the thick outer layer, the pads are actually relatively comfortable to wear, particularly as they come into contact with very tender nether regions! Having needed stitches after each labour, I found that these pads act as a sort of cushion because they are so thick and certainly didn't rub or irritate the stitched area at all.
My husband bought a bumper sized packet of 48 pads for £6.99 which Mothercare claim will last for the first week after birth. (Bleeding is likely to continue for around three weeks or more after birth.) These are also available in packs of twelve. As the quantity of blood loss starts to ease off after the first few days, I'd recommend switching to a different slimmer brand or a standard sanitary towel as they are much less conspicuous once you are out and about or having lots of visitors at home. I switched to slimmer and softer Boots branded pads after a few days for daytime use and just used these thicker Mothercare pads overnight, so that I didn't need to keep getting up overnight with leaking pads.
Whilst these maternity towels are certainly not glamorous, they are an essential item for your labour bag and for those first few days. Sometimes bigger really is better!
When I was pregnant with my son I literally spent hours upon hours browsing websites seeking advice and tips about the things that I would need for my pregnancy, labour and after the birth. One of the things that were mentioned consistently was maternity towels for after the birth. I picked up two packs from mothercare at around three pounds per pack. A pack contained twelve maternity towels but you also had the option of purchasing a pack of forty eight towels for around seven pounds which works out at better value if you thought you would stick with this option.
Perhaps it is too much information but anyone who has ever had a baby will know how much you bleed after you have given birth. It is highly recommended by people that you initially use a specific maternity towel as they are designed to be absorbent and tough enough for those early days.
When I first opened the pack of maternity towels after giving birth to my so I was quite mortified by the appearance of them! I think they took me back to the days of my first periods when my mum was in charge of buying the sanitary towels and she used to buy these huge towels which were awful!
The towels are really long and very thick to look at with a sticky label across the length of them. To use the towels you simply removed the label and then stick them in your knickers.
I have to say that I hated wearing these towels. I think they felt uncomfortable and almost nappy like. I felt convinced that people would surely be able to see the outline through my pants. I also felt really uncomfortable down there and just not clean at all-the towels are supposed to be high absorbent but they didn't feel that way to me. To maintain any feeling of cleanliness I was changing the towel literally every hour or two so I soon worked my way through the two packs I had bought.
After I used all the towels I decided to change my plan and opted to wear always ultra night time towels which are also very long and absorbent but also had the added security of wings so the towel felt in place and it was also felt more discrete. Initially I wore two pairs of knickers at all times and this also helped me feel more secure until the bleeding became more manageable.
I feel that whilst the maternity towels are large and meant for use after birth they are also very expensive to maintain throughout the bleeding after birth and to be honest I wasn't at all comfortable with these. I think that initially it is a good idea to use the maternity pads but I wouldn't use them for long and would go on to a cheaper, and much more comfortable alternative after just a couple of days. I am not sure if you could go straight into using always towels after birth but I would recommend using them as soon as possible afterwards....otherwise your maternity towel bill may be very large!
When you are packing your bag for hospital you need everything but the kitchen sink. I am seriously not joking. My hospital bag was massive but I digress. One of the worst things to go in the bag were the Maternity Pads.
Now after being in a blissful state of no periods for 9 months I was given a pack of these horrible, scratchy looking, thick pads. You know if you go to the shop and they have sold out of all the decent sanitary towels and the only ones that are left are the cheapest of the cheap? The value ones, I guess. Then you will have some kind of idea as to what the maternity pads look like. I looked at them as though someone had just put a scorpion in my hand. These things looked truely awful and although I graciously accepted them from my ex-midwife Mother In Law, I also slipped in a pack of my beloved Always. My Mother In Law banged on about how much I was going to bleed after labour and blah, blah, blah and how these would be a God send.
The ones I was given were a pack of 12 from Mothercare. They came in a green plastic pack with a picture of a mother and baby on the front. They looked clinical and I hated the sight of them. Having a look around now, they cost 99p a pack. Mothercare also do an ultra slim version too.
If there are any men reading stop now. It is all blood and nastiness from here on so I am giving you a warning to leave and keep your minds from the horror that is post child birth.
After giving birth to my daughter, I decided to give one a go. You have to do these things, don't you? These pads were the most uncomfortable, disgusting things I had ever used. When I ripped the sticky tab off of the back and attached it to my knickers I felt it wasn't secure enough. It just felt like it was going to fall off all the time. I hoisted my knickers up as far as they would possible go to try and make it feel secure. This did not help.
Another thing - it felt like I had a pillow wedged between my legs. It felt awful. I had just been through a long, no pain relief labour and now these things were trying to test me and still not give me a break? The pads were not soft, they were horrendously scratchy and made my stitches sore. Alas, I thought it was best to soldier on with the one I was wearing and see if it became more comfortable. It didn't. Not only did it feel uncomfortable because it was shaped with the thickness of a pillow but it was uncomfortable because it always felt "wet" down below. Ladies will know what I mean.
About 2 hours later, I toddled off to the bathroom and was met with a grisly sight. These things did not absorb anything! The blood was just laying on the top of this pad, just drying up and not even really soaking in. It was disgusting. I stalked (well, waddled as you do after labour) out of the toilet and back to my hospital bag and grabbed my Always. I know this is not recommended as midwives say you go through them much to quickly and they are not absorbant enough but I was not prepared to feel dirty and uncomfortable using those Mothercare maternity pads. My husband looked at me like I was a mad woman as I snatched up my Always like a long lost best friend and returned to the toilet and got rid of the offending pad and replaced it with my Always. That was the best part of having the Mothercare maternity pads - having the satisfaction of throwing them in the bin and never using them again!
I never leaked using the Always pads and I didn't have to change them constantly like I was told I would. In fact, it was only every few hours or so and I was bleeding fairly heavy for the first day or so but the Always pads coped well.
I truely do not recommend the Mothercare maternity pads. They make you feel awful as if you don't feel awful enough after having a baby. Avoid at all costs, ladies.
There was nothing good about these pads, nothing at all. If I could, I would award a "No Star" mark.
After nine months blissfully period-free, it's not surprising that after giving birth you're going to bleed a lot. Believe me, you'll need something heavy duty to absorb all that locia (the technical term for post-natal bleeding). For health reasons tampons are out and ordinary pads won't last five minutes before you need to change. While super absorbent night time towels would do the job, they're not recommended because they lock away all the blood meaning that any signs of infection may be masked. So what is the answer? Maternity towels (or pads), just not these from Mothercare.
Let me explain, when packing my hospital bag, I bought a large pack of these, thinking that 48 pads would last until I could start using proper towels. Now these weren't cheap, at £6.99 a pack I was expecting a quality product, what I got was something that harked back to when I first started my periods 20 years ago. These pads are bulky to say the least, wearing one of these feels like you've got a folded up hand towel between your legs. Although they are longer than normal towels, they still aren't able to cope with laying down while the flow is at it's heaviest. I needed to double them up for the first couple of days, which made me even more uncomfortable. They wouldn't even stay in place due to the ineffective sticky strip for goodness sake.
As for absorbency, well, even after doubling up, I was needing to change every hour for the first couple of days. If I left it any longer (because I fell asleep for example) I would leak everywhere, and while I don't expect to look my best after giving birth, blood stains is just not a good look. Those 48 towels lasted me a measly 2 days and then the wonderful new Daddy went to Asda and bought me some of their towels at just over a pound for 12. These were a million times better (like towels should be) and proved how bad Mothercare Maternity Towels really are.
So there's no way on Earth that I could recommend these towels, save your money and go elsewhere. Most supermarkets sell maternity towels that are not only cheaper but are also much more comfortable and absorbent. If I could give these zero stars out of five I would, but as it stands I have to give them one star, so I'm justifying that by saying that at least I could keep an eye on the colour of my discharge.
To start with i did not know why these would be important i thought you could just use normal pads however after antenatal classes i realised that they were important as it is easier to see if there is any infection which is so important afetr birth and that the normal pads would draw any signs of this in and you could be hiding something that needs treatment. The hospital will advise you to bring your own but will probaby have lots - i would advise buyiing lots as you may have to wear two on top of one another for the first day or two after birth with frequent changes depending on how traumatic birth is for you eg if you rip or tear. I think i bought 6 packs or 8 so that i didnt have to go and shop straight after i got home as that is the klast thing you will feel like doing so buy online in bulk for an easy life! I found they werent the most amazingly comfortable things and they did make you hot but they are a necessary evil that will maintain your dignity and make you appreciate the normal brand so much more when you and wear them instead.
Well this is not one of the most pleasant things to review but is definetly an essential item for a new mum! When i was pregnant with my first baby i was told i would need these but was horrified as they are extremely thick and look very uncomfortable. How nieve i was...
After the birth of my baby these were an essential, your loss after a baby is not anything like a period and these pads will be needed for at least the first week if not longer. Most people will bleed for anything between 1-4 weeks and everyone is different but heavy loss is very common for the first few days. I was using these pads and changing them every hour for the first day or two then gradually used them for longer until i changed to normal sanitary pads. Make sure you have loads though as you will use a lot in those first few days. They are uncomfortable but that really will be the last thing on your mind when you have just had your baby! They are very absorbent and i didnt have any problems with them at all. They have a sticky strip on the back to attach to your knickers which i found stuck very well and they were easy to use. I disposed of mine in nappy sacks as they are quite large and dont fold up easily.
Mothercare do sell a few different types..
Regular (no wings) 48 pack £4.99
Regular with wings 12 pack £1.59
Slim with wings 12 pack £1.99
Sterile 6 pack £2.99 (reccomended if your have stitches)
Regular with wings and aloe vera 12 pack £2.49 (added comfort and good for healing)
Natural fibre 10 pack £2.99 (made from natural materials, perfume and chemical free, free from plastic and synthetics)
i think its hard to write a good review about something disgusting but it just has to be done. mothercare maternity pads (yes the big gross things) about £1.49 for 12 but often on BOGOF, ideal and quite essential for after labour and the following weeks.
After reading a lot of birth stories with my first i decided i needed to stock up on maternity pads ready for the labour (although i think i went slightly mad in the quantity). was in mothercare stocking up on stuff and these were on bogof, after all the horror stories i filled my basket and was on my way.
being curious about everything i buy, when i got home i couldnt resist taking one out to look at, was horrified by what i saw, this huge big, bulky towel, hardly discreet or attractive, but i packed them in my labour bag and forgot all about them.
god was i glad i had them, along with my disposable pants (how sexy can you get). the first few hours at the birth was horrendous with bleeding, they were not the most comfatable things to wear as are very bulky, but they are extremely absorbant and stay in place. the first week i bled really heavy and they were a godsend, although you need to change regulary anyway as loss is heavy, they never leaked up moved away. after the first week i was lucky in that i had become much lighter and could use normal pads but still used these at night as gave me extra confidence. i was so happy i bought them.
with my second i actaully had a few packets of these left over (told you i had gone mad) and were ready and waiting. they didnt scare me this time, as after giving birth once you lose all dignity where things like that are concerned and just wants something to do the job. this time i only bled heavy for 2 days and had stopped after a wk, but they were still really great when i needed them.
i am now pregnant with my 3rd and when the time gets nearer i will be heading out to buy more. i consider these a definite maternity must have, they are not glam but they do the job and offer extra confidence and well worth every penny.
When I was pregnant the first time I didn't really prepare too well for the aftermath my body would go through once I had delivered my son. However the second time round I was far better prepared and in my bathroom I had stored about six packs of these maternity towels.
If you are pregnant, you may or not know that if you have a vaginal birth or a C Section, you will bleed heavily afterwards, anywhere from two weeks to about eight weeks.
I bled very heavily for the first week, medium for the following three weeks and then lightly for about four weeks after this. It seemed to go on forever but for the first three weeks or so I used the Mothercare Maternity Towels for protection.
I found the sticky strip on the bottom of the pad stuck well to my underwear and it didn't move around or become unstuck at all. Maybe this was because I was changing the towel so frequently, it didn't have time to become unstuck.
The pad itself is very absorbent and this is essential for that first week. The midwife occasionally looked at it too to make sure there was no infection and the maternity towels are slightly different to normal sanitory towels which might mask infection.
They are very reasonabley priced as well at £1.49 for 12 and considering how many I went through after giving birth, this was indeed very helpful.
I used nappy sacks to dispose of these as well. Obviously they are not small and cannot be flushed down the loo, the same as other sanitory products, but not having a sani-bin at home, I would just roll them up and place in a nappy sack.
Overall, these were great for me for the first three weeks and then I switched to a smaller sanitory towel, for regular periods as my flow had slowed down to a reasonable amount, at least enough to ditch the larger maternity pads.
I feel I have to inform people shopping for maternity pads not to choose Mothercare's maternity pads and to go for the everyday nighttime pads i.e Kotex or Alldays. I bought Mothercare ones for my previous pregnancies as I thought they would be the best being maternity of course. How wrong I was, I decided to try Kotex for this pregnancy as I had been give a voucher to use and thought it would be worth a shot,they are so much more comfortable. The normal nighttime pads on the market today seem to lock everything away as the adverts suggest but not to be too crude about this Mothercare's pads leave it all sitting there and you feel very uncomfortable as a result. So specific maternity pads are not such a good buy but people buy these as the name suggests they are the ones to purchase.