“ Brand: Boots / Clothing Type: Maternity Briefs „
I bought these from Boots for about £3.00 for a pack of five. I knew I was having a caesarian section again, whilst pregnant with my second child, so wanted some underwear that would be comfortable over my incision. I also didn't want to ruin my underwear with the heavy postnatal bleed us ladies have the pleasure in having. I bought them in size 10-12, thinking that I would have plenty of room ; whoops I had a little bit too much room! Probably could have gone down a size. I put these on after my section, and they were very soft and high cut, therefore covered my incision and didn't cut in. They are made out of a kind of fabric netting and weren't exactly the most glamorous of underwear I have owned, but did the job. They held a maternity pad well as the crutch part is quite big. I did laugh, as the description of these knickers is that they are not only for maternity wear, but also for when laundry services are not available. I personally would not use them for this; strictly only after giving birth! Apologies for the graphic description, but I did leak a few times after having my baby, and these knickers did seem to keep the blood in and not let it seep into my pyjama bottoms. They are easy to remove as they have perforated sides so you can rip them off if you've had a section. I'd recommend these knickers, as they are great because you can chuck them away when they get yucky!
I am sure every mum to be is warned of the blood loss after labour. The way my midwife explained it I thought a low budget slash flick was going to be taking place in my knickers! But it made me go out and buy some disposable maternity knickers as I didn't want my pretty knickers to end up being ruined. I purchased the maternity knickers from Boots who were selling boxes of 5 pairs. They cost £2.19 which I didn't think was too bad. The packaging is blue and white and looks a little bit clinical. The knickers are available in 3 sizes - 10/12, 14/16 and 18/20. They are made of 100% polyproprene which is like a very thin cotton. Each pair of knickers is wrapped in cellophane. I called these maternity knickers my Bridget Jones' pants - they are huge! I refused to let my husband have a glance at them through fear he wouldn't recover (though once I was wearing them after I had had our daughter my pride and everything that goes with it had well and truly disappeared).The knickers literally come right up to your belly button! The knickers are a snug fit and hold a sanitary towel in place securely. They have an elasticated waist and legs for a comfortable fit. I would suggest you go for the bigger size in these rather than the smaller or your regular size. I was usually a size 10/12 so purchased the 14/16 and they fit perfectly. They are just a small cut. Although you won't see these on a catwalk anytime soon they are practical for after birth and not ruining all your nice and sexy underwear (which you will hopefully get back into! I didn't quite snap back straight away. It took another few months for me! ). And the best thing of all is you won't ever have to see them again as they go straight into the bin after use! I would definately recommend these for your hospital bag although you won't feel sexy in them (and probably won't particularly care after labour!) they are very practical and a good thing to take with you when the big day comes.
THE BASICS: Hospital bag lists generally list disposable briefs as a 'must take' if you're to avoid ruining your pretty frilly knickers with the blood loss (because clearly when you're in the later stages of pregnancy what you're trying to do is seduce your husband with sexy coordinated underwear). Boots are one of a small number of retailers (Mothercare is the only one I can immediately recall) that stock these. The Boots disposable briefs are in packs of five, in the cardboard box shown in the image (note the lack of picture - that's for a reason!) and come in three sizes: 10/12, 14/16 and 18/20, each individually wrapped (something of an eco nightmare if you ask me, given that you'd expect your hospital bag to be a pretty clean environment!). They cost £2.20. THE LOOK: Net-like polypropylene with an elasticated waist-band, these are unattractive BIG PANTS, supposedly coming right up to the belly button (though not, unfortunately, for the 5"11 me). The idea is that they don't rub up against a C-section scar (if you have one) and effectively encapsulate all of your left over floppy skin (nice!) They're rather on the big side in terms of fit too, so although you don't want to buy a size that pinches, you also don't want to end up with them falling down.......!! In short.... I wouldn't want my husband to see me in them (even by way of comparison with those I was wearing in pregnancy....). WHAT DO I THINK? To ensure the right fit I'd be much more inclined (next time) to buy big pants from M&S or Primark. However, you'd want to be sure that whatever you did buy were as capable of the disposables of holding a stack of maternity pads! I'd also go for dark, rather than the white colour of these: not because anyone else is going to see them, but because I don't really want to see what's coming out (so to speak).....
When I was expecting my first child, almost 8 years ago now, the thought of wearing paper pants after childbirth just seemed faintly ridiculous. I didn't want to go through all the indignities of labour and then resort to wearing something resembling a nappy! Instead, I thought that wearing some of my oldest, least attractive pants from the back of my undie drawer would suffice. (Okay, they were 'period pants' between you and me.) After giving birth to my oldest son, the midwife took one look at the skimpy little cotton knickers I produced from my Labour bag and immediately provided me with a giant pair of disposable paper pants, complete with two (yes, really) enormous great maternity pads. My education in the realities of post-labour bleeding had begun... There are lots of different brands of disposable maternity pants available that all serve the same basic function. I have used Mothercare's own brand in the past but for this pregnancy I purchased Boots' own brand of 'disposable briefs.' These cost £2.19 for a pack of five disposable paper pants so work out at less than 50p per pair. This might seem expensive for an item that is only worn once and then disposed of but are more economical than ruining your favourite pair of smalls. The pants come in three sizes (10-12, 14-16 and 18-20.) Each pair is individually and hygienically wrapped, into a tiny little bundle so can be popped into your toiletry bag, ready for use. Having used the smallest size I can confirm that they are a very generous and comfortable fit and have plenty of room to accommodate a chunky sized maternity pad. They don't actually look or feel anything like paper pants or pull up nappies and actually don't rustle or crinkle when you walk about. If anything, they resemble a strange-looking shower cap complete with leg holes! Obviously, these are not the most attractive of 'lingerie' as my husband pointed out the other night. They could be used as a very effective form of contraception post-childbirth, though, as there will be no chance of any funny business if you're wearing these to bed! These are ideal for the unpleasant but unavoidable blood loss after child-birth as the whole lot, pants and pad, can just be stripped away and binned and it is one less thing to worry about. They are surprisingly soft and comfortable to wear and, as the material claims to be breathable, they don't feel hot or rub or irritate in any way. I felt much fresher and cleaner wearing and disposing of these, than wearing normal undies and worrying about them getting soiled or leaking and messing about cleaning stained underwear. Even if you don't fancy the idea of wearing these sorts of pants, I would say they are worth buying just for use in hospital as the amount of blood loss immediately post-birth can take you by surprise and any maternity pad is likely to be inadequate for the first few hours leading to leaks and quite a bit of mess. I got through five pairs of these pants just whilst in hospital and I was there for less than 12 hours in total! The packaging (which appears to have been updated since the image shown on Dooyoo) and Boots website informs us that these pants can be used before and after birth. Personally, I would only want to use these after birth and can't see any benefit in wearing them beforehand. (If you are anxious about your waters breaking or stress incontinence, I'd imagine wearing standard underwear alongside Tena Lady pads or sanitary towels would offer just as much reassurance, if not more.) Boots also suggest that these pants can be used '...when travelling or at any time when laundry facilities are not readily available.' I must admit I don't think I'd resort to wearing these at any time other than the first few days after birth! As far as I'm concerned, these are an essential item for any woman's labour bag and a great invention, although, admittedly, not the nicest of post-baby items to purchase.
Ok, this is not going to be the most glamorous product to review, but I'll give it a go! I bought a pack of Boots disposable breifs when heavily pregnant with my 1st child, having been told numerous horror stories about the amount of blood loss involved in giving birth. The briefs come packaged in a little cardboard box. The box contains 5 pairs of pants, each separately wrapped in cellophane. The pants can be bought in sizes 10/12 14/16 and 18/20. The pants are white and made of 100% polypropylene, which feels like a very thin and surprisingly soft cotton. They are elasticated around the waiste and legs, giving a reasonably snug fit. They comfortably hold large sanitary pads in place. The pants are large, in the sense that they come right up to your belly button. If you have had a c-section, they would probably be comfortable as they would not rub against any stitches. As you might expect, these are not attractive pants. I would compare them to large and slightly see through Bridget Jones style knickers. I would not recommend letting your other half see you in them, or even checking yourself out in the mirror whilst wearing them, as you might never recover! However, they are practical and mean that in the hours after birth you are not ruining nice underwear. Once these have been used, they can be thrown straight in the bin. If you are unsure about the sizing I would suggest to choose larger rather than smaller. I was a size 8 in maternity clothes, but found the 10/12 to be a good fit post birth. At £2.19 for a pack of 5, I think these are a reasonably priced, practical product.