Okay, not quite the inevitable as they might have to be broken in hospital but I was wondering if it's worth trying to be ready for my waters breaking or not. Is it worth wearing a maternity pad just in case or when your waters go will a maternity be any use or not? I'm 39+1. TIA.
i slept on a maternity mat for the last few wks of previous pregnancy and sat only on leather chairs at home and sat on towels in the car.....just in case!!! Can't remember wearing pads though, but that does seem to make sense to me, if it doesn't catch it all, it will help a bit!
I don´t see how you could prepare really.. I did have a mattress protector on my bed and we put some towels in the back of the car to protect my seat on the way to hospital.. just in case.. in the event in labour 1 my waters broke in bed mostly wetting my pyjamas and labour 2 they broke in the sitting room on the birthingball but again only my trousers really got wet. I guess if I had been wearing a maternity pad it would have kept my trousers drier but then I´d have been more uncomfortable wearing maternity pads for weeks on end waiting for them to break! so not sure what the benefit would be.
Other people seem to experience a veritable flood so not sure what happens then!
I have put a waterproof mattress protector on our (brand new!) bed. Its got a toweling surface and doesn't feel waterproofy in the least. I've been told in the past that its a good idea to have one of these on the bed anyway as they prevent sweat being absorbed into the mattress which helps prolong the life of the mattress.
Where did you get that from nini? We also have a brand new bed and I'm worried about wrecking it but couldn't find any proper waterproof mattress protectors so have just got a few of those maternity pads underneath a normal mattress protector (tho I am only 32 weeks! I'm just scared of ruining our new mattress!)
This waterproof mattress protector has got children on the cover, so I figure it has to be up to the job... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silentnight-King-Waterproof-Mattress-Protector/dp/B001AGLVC4 Now for the settee 'solution'...
mine was just ikea also towelling on top, very very good idea as after labour 1 I had pretty serious night sweats (not with labour 2) and also lots of leaking once milk came in plus baby vomiting etc etc it is generally a good idea to make sure your mattress is protected!