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The post labour "Big Pants"

(19 Posts)
Havingkittens Tue 26-Feb-13 13:20:40

What size do I need to get? Two sizes up from normal? One size up? Don't want to end up with them too tight (esp if I end up with a ELCS) but also not sure how much/quickly people 'deflate' after giving birth so don't want to be carrying a baby in one hand, hoiking my knickers up with the other whilst trying to contain various padding and carnage.

I'm 34 weeks now but still wearing my normal knickers as they come under my bump.

I was pre pg size 8 and bought one pack size 14, one size 12.

Pamsie Tue 26-Feb-13 13:24:40

I was wearing a size 14 up until my EMCS and I had bought sizes 16-18 for after. I had to send DH out to get me some really cheap, supermarket's own brand size 22 a few days after giving birth.

scaredysquirrel Tue 26-Feb-13 13:24:58

Im still wearing mine 9 months later - so comfy!

I got size 14 ones from M&S. Pink Spotty that were on sale at the time. Very sexy. (I'm back to pre pregnancy weight by the way, albeit with very little muscle tone, so they are all the more fetching in their bagginess!).

MisForMumNotMaid Tue 26-Feb-13 13:28:53

I'm not a slight thing, size16 - 18, i just used my usual pants under my csection dressing. I did use old ones the first few days that i threw out afterwards.

I brought special big ones with My first c section but as the ones I wear are fairly low cut and not tight they were just fine.

Havingkittens Tue 26-Feb-13 13:40:20

Blimey, so no stock answer to this one then!

Maybe I should just get the Tena lady pants with the elasticated sides grin

Not sure if I'm having ELCS or not yet. Depends whether the baby turns around as it's breech at the moment.

scaredysquirrel Tue 26-Feb-13 13:42:37

I wouldn't bother with paper pants. they are very uncomfortable and tear easily. I think that cheap big normal pants are much better.

I found my normal knickers stretched with me while I was pregnant so I didn't really need any more! (oh the glamour).

poozlepants Tue 26-Feb-13 13:44:46

2 sizes bigger at least and the stretchier the better. I recommend Sainsburys big pants (full briefs). V stretchy and v cheap.

MisForMumNotMaid Tue 26-Feb-13 13:46:11

Without being too graphic first few days can be a bit messy so cheap or old so you don't need to stress about just binning when you have precious moments with your cuddly bundle to be getting on with.

Havingkittens Tue 26-Feb-13 13:57:09

Yeah, that's why I was thinking about the Tena pants. Throwaway pants with built in drip tray and elasticated sides. Sexy.

Definitely won't be buying the paper disposables.

eltsihT Tue 26-Feb-13 13:57:23

I didn't buy any new pants for after birth, I normally wear midi's which sit below my bump, so (maybe wrongly as haven't had c section) assumed they would sit below any cuts. I sorted through them before I went in and packed the old ones, or ones I didn't like etc and threw them out as needed. I then got to buy lots of lovely new knickers, and feel special after the 6 weeks of bleeding had finished!

I read in a previous post, your post pregnancy bump is about he size you are at 25 weeks, this certainly rang true for my last pregnancy

catlady1 Tue 26-Feb-13 14:07:15

I'm normally a size 14-16 but I've bought size 18 full briefs (v. sexy) from Tesco, and they fit me now (I'm 39 weeks) so I'm assuming they'll fit after I give birth. I got some 16-18 ones from Primark though and I could barely pull them up, so I would say make sure they're nice and stretchy.

Rockchick1984 Tue 26-Feb-13 16:16:11

Primark huge pants!! I was a 10/12 maternity size by the time I gave birth and bought these in a size 16 which was perfect (although Primark knickers always seem a bit on the small side).

I wouldn't suggest tena lady knickers, they won't be anywhere near thick enough for the amount of blood over the first few days!

Oh, and buy black rather than white (I stupidly bought a pack of each). There's few things worse than leaking through your pad and seeing enormous, blood-stained white pants <<vom>>

Msbluesky32 Tue 26-Feb-13 16:40:29

I just bought some disposable maternity pants from boots - not worth it. I bought my usual size as I heard they are baggy - they aren't. I tried them over my pants and they dig in like cheese wire hmm I really wouldn't bother - I'm taking the other pack back.
I'm usually a size 12 so bought size 16 full brief pants from m and s for a fiver. I tried them on over my pants and a pair of leggings when I got them home and there is room enough for maternity pads. Think I might buy another pack of those instead of more paper cheese wire pants...

My bump took a while to go after my c-section. I am usually a size 16 but was wearing M&S over the bump granny knickers in a size 28. I wore them for about 6 weeks after the c-section.

Did have giant though.

Giant bump!

Havingkittens Tue 26-Feb-13 20:31:03

Thanks. May go for M&S as the nearest Primark to me is Oxford St and that's scary enough when not pregnant!

Paradisefound Wed 27-Feb-13 11:09:23

I went to tesco and bought 4 x black granny pants size 18 ( normally 12-14) for £2.50. Big bump! Also got some tena pants for hospital bag..extra protection, and ripping them off and straight in the bin sounds like a good idea.

GingerDoodle Wed 27-Feb-13 13:54:47

I am normally a size 12. I got 2 packs of black sloggi high waisted size 14's (so 6) and 2 packs of sloggi lower waist size 12. worked really well for me.

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