Maternity pads ......... now theres a subject !!!! I had my first baby in 2007 , and although I read up on all in ins and outs on the labour and baby care after the birth, I had no idea about how my body would react. None of the books I read told me that I would bleed to the extent that I did after the birth. I knew obviously that I would bleed a bit , but I didn't stop bleeding for 8 weeks !! I had only bought a couple of packs of maternity pads , so I soon had to rush out and stock up with more. I think the lady in Boots thought I was mad when I put about 10 packs on the counter !! I am now pregnant for the second time , expecting twins. I have started to buy the maternity pads each week , so I will have enough in stock for when the time comes. The best ones that I found are the Tescos ones. You get 10 in a pack for 85p.
After the birth of my first baby i bled for about 6 weeks.
Although i knew there would be some bleeding it was a great shock to me as to how much i would bleed.
Maternity pads are a lot thicker than normal sanitary towels so they are not as comfortable but you realy do need then as the blood flow is much too heavy for a thin pad to deal with.
For the first 3 or 4 days after the birth i got through a pack a day of maternity pads, then it slowed down to a pack every two days for about the next 3 weeks then it slowed to a normal period flow so i went back to my normal pads.
I am one of those people who always like to be organized so i brought me 10 packs of maternity pads wholst pregnant never thinking for 1 second that i would need any more than that but i had to buy a further 3 packs.
I used mothercares, boots and superdrugs maternity pads as i used to pick a pack up every time i was out shopping towards the end of my pregnancy so depending where i was depended whos i ended up with.
Although boots and mothercares are good superdrugs are the best by far, they have a front and back to then like some of the ordinary sanitary towels with a thicker piece in the middle of the pad to draw liquid away from the edges and a crease at the back to allow the pad to follow the contours of your bottom making them less visable. None of the other maternity pads had any of these features.
After my first child i did have a few pads leak on me at the begining as when i first got up in the morning or stood up after sitting for a while there was a sudden gush of blood, with my second child i still had this problem after sitting a while but didnt have any leaks but with my second child i only used superdrugs maternity pads so they realy did work better for me.
I would also suggest buying a box of scented nappy bags, not for the baby but for you as the maternity pads are so thick i dont think flushing them down a toilet is an option and the bags are just the right size. This will also stop any animals rooting through your bin for them as they wont be able to pick up the scent.
Most Maternity pads range from £1.50 to £2 for packs of 10 or 12.
Nappy bags are £1 for 250 from ethel austins.
I gave birth to my son 7 weeks ago and like many others out there i did not know what to expect. Looking back on it now i was not very prepared to say the least. I must of read every parent and pregnacy magazine out there but none of them advised how many pads you will need. I was shocked how much i bled after the birth. It lasted for 3 weeks after aswell. You are advised not to use Tampons until 7 weeks after birth because there is a risk of infection. The hospital do supply you with pads but because they are on a budget they can only give you a couple and trust me you will need more then that. I ran out at night once and had to send my fiance round tesco's at 11 at night to get me some. I used mothercare and tesco's own brand they are just as good. After about two weeks i was still bleeding so i started to use super sanitary towels as i found this cheaper and you could get them in your local shop if you need a urgent supply. Next time (which won't be for a while) i will make sure i am well stocked up. My advice is take plenty in your hospital bag, and make sure you have loads at home for your return, you don't want to send someone out to get some like i did. Good Luck!!!!
I'm going to review three different brands of maternity pads here: Boots, Sainsburys and Tesco's. So, here we go..... BOOTS These come in packs of 10 for about £1.50. They are extra long, quite thick, have lots of sticking power and don't have wings. Even though they are so long and thick they are surprisingly comfortable to wear. They are very soft which is a definate bonus when you've just given birth to a 9lb-er!! They are quite absorbent although my only minor complaint is that they tend to "bunch up" a bit which can lead to a bit of leakage out the sides. Overall though, for a thick pad, they get a thumbs up. SAINSBURYS These also come in packs of 10 and cost about £2 something. These are a much thinner pad and they have wings as well. They are also quite long and are slightly wider at each end. They aren't much thicker than panty liner, but are surprisingly absorbent. They also tend to draw the discharge down into the pad, so your not left feeling so wet. They have plenty of sticking power with both wings and the back of the pad. These are extremely comfortable and are my favourite. TESCOS One word - horrendous!!! These are sold in packs of 10 (can't remember the price - sorry). They are very similar to the Boots ones i.e. very long, thick and no wings, but boy, do they differ in the comfort stakes. These are very thick, very hard and unforgiving. It really is like walking around with a brick between your legs - awful. I tried a couple of them when my Sainsbury's ones ran out, but couldn't bear to wear them. They rubbed and made me feel quite sore, so I sent hubby out to Sainsburys to buy some of theirs. I wouldn't recommend these to anybody. All in all, although the Boots ones were good, Sainsbury's just pip them at the post due to the fact that they are thinner and have wings, which giv
es you just that little bit more security.
Short version of this ops: Take lots of pads into hospital. Longer version: You will need LOTS of pads for after childbirth. I didn't realise before I had my first daughter how much you bleed and for how long after childbirth. I bled for a month after both of my girls were born. I was surprised to say the least. Not only will you feel like your insides are falling out (that should last a couple of week max), not only will you have to deal with baby waking every couple of hours, feeling more tired than you've ever felt before (unless you are lucky like my friend Wendy - her last daughter slept EIGHT hours a night from birth. Grrr. Insert tantrum here.), not only will your boobs be full of milk and heavy and even perhaps sore, not only will you still feel pain down below (your bits have just taken a battering!), not only might you be recovering from stitches and the like, but you will also be bleeding quite heavily. If it's your first baby, you shouldn't be in any pain from the bleeding itself, however. It will be like a long, heavy and hence annoying period - but you've had lots of them before so you know you can cope. If it's your second or more baby, you MAY get some after pains (like very small contractions, especially when you breastfeed as this causes your womb to contract and expel blood) but in my experience they weren't very long - a couple of minutes at most and not THAT painful, like bad period pain. I know, I know, thinking about MORE bleeding and having to remember to buy pads is a real pain in the proverbial at a time like this - it's so unfair that we have to put up with this too. There's no avoiding it though. If I'd thought ahead with my first pregnancy, I would have done what I did during my second pregnancy. Every week with the shopping, I threw a packet of Kotex Night Time pads into the trolley. They are longer and thicker than most, not to mentio
n soft (this will matter, trust me). You may get odd looks from the childess cashier who is wondering why you are buying sanitary pads while you are pregnant, but the rest of us understand. Build up a good stock - you will be changing them at least fifteen times a day for the first couple of weeks (well I was, anyway). If you buy too many, you can always use them later when your body deigns to resume regular activity. Also, an important thing to remember is that you should really suck up to the nurses in hospital. They are usually lovely and friendly, but remember that they have a lot of other ladies to attend to and if you forget your pads or run out, and are constantly asking them for more pads, they will be a bit irritated. It's your responsibility to take pads in with you. Of course, if your labour catches you on the hop, don't worry about it straight away - they won't mind supplying you with pads for a day or so. Just make sure you send someone out to buy some. Do I need to mention that you shouldn't even be looking at tampons at this point? You won't be in the right condition to use these for a while to come so forget about them. Trust me - you won't even want anyone blowing on your bits. Have I scared you enough yet?