I'm just getting things together for my hospital bag and tried in vain to get 'ultra slim' maternity pads at Boots today. I used regular mat pads after having dd and always felt like I had a brick down my pants, so I would like to use something slimmer this time.
I've been wondering if I could just use 'super' sanitary pads to do the job (does anyone have experience of this?) or whether maternity pads are designed to be so much more absorbent and are necessary.
I used nightime pads for dc2, found them alot better than maternity pads, just as absorbant. Have since heard that sanitary towels have more chemicals in them, but I had no problems with this and plan to use them again for dc3.
I used tena pads, especially in hospital they were great as you can buy some that are already attached in disposable knickers - they have great elasticated bits that are good for holding in and supporting post baby belly
Agree with posters - extra long night time pads are good and cheaper than maternity pads - disposable knickers horrid though and if you have a c section you want soft cotton BIG knickers. Got cheap size 18 (i'm a 10) from QS looked hideous but did the trick.
Yes, be careful if you have stitches, apparently the maternity pads have fewer chemicals/bleaches/gels in so are less irritating if you are healing there.
Perhaps try cottons or natracare night-time pads? (Both are "eco" brands of sanitary towel with fewer chemicals/gels/bleaches in - you can get Cottons from large Boots and Tescos, Natracare in some independent health stores & some Waitrose, or www.spiritofnature.co.uk/ or www.hospital-bag.co.uk/) - I find them more comfortable than Always in general anyway.
I would never have been able to use any ultra slim pads as I bled heavily, but I did use Kotex maxi night time pads, which were cheaper, more absorbent and more comfortable than standard maternity pads. They are easy to spot in black packaging, but only place I've seen them is Wilkinsons. Midwife told me that a lot of women have problems with Always after stitches.
I don't use always type pads for normal periods never mind after having a baby and being full of stitches - they are full of chemicals which makes them super absorbent, they are plastic (despite having names like 'silk' which I don't want next to a very delicate stitched up/bruised/sore/healing fanjo.
If I used them for a normal period I find the plasticyness must make me sweat and irritates my piles, and they are so super absorbent that any natural dampness down there is absorbed into the pads and makes me feel like my labia is sticking to the pad a bit, ugh.
So many people don't use disposable nappies against their child's skin because of all the chemicals and plastic - those slim pads are made from the same stuff.
I know the thick maternity pads are not as comfy at first, but they are nice and soft and made of much more natural materials.
am at you all talking about granny pants - er, I just wore my normal big pants after a section .....
Thanks for all the comments folks - they have given me food for thought.
I will try another branch of Boots and if no joy I may just go with Kotex ultra or the likes, but may avoid Always after some of the advice here - and not knowing whether I'll end up with stitches or not! Hopefully not, I got away without them last time.
Thanks for the advice regarding Tena pads, I'm sure they are great considering what they are designed for but to be honest I'm looking for the cheapest option that will do the job sufficiently, hence wondering if sanitary pads are as good as maternity pads.