After the birth I was planning to use large sanitary towels rather than maternity ones as they're much cheaper, like I did after DS was born. However I've just seen in the mothercare catalogue that "ordinary sanitary towels aren't suitable during this time as they may mask signs of infection".
Does anyone know what the difference is or are mothercare just scaremongering to cash in?
No, it is definitely advised that you use maternity towels (at least at first)
Sanitary towels have a plastic layer which doesn't allow any wounds (tears/cuts) to breathe (which can worsen an infection and they soak away blood so efficiently it is hard to monitor blood loss and the smell of lochia (again, a way of monitoring infection)
Yeah, I was basically going to say what Flisspaps said.
I just went on the maternity ward tour the other day and the MW doing it said exactly the same thing about infection. She also said that regular towels aren't always up to the job for the first few days and will soak through faster than a maternity pad which can cause unnecessary worry about heavy bleeding when in fact it's a normal amount of bleeding and the pad just isn't up to the challenge.
Supermarket own brand maternity towels are cheap enough and do the job. I personally like the Mothercare ones, they're relatively slim and have wings. They're £4.99 for a pack of 28 which is quite pricey but they're 3 for 2 so I'm buying three packs like I did last time. By the time the three packs were used up the bleeding has eased and I was able to use normal towels.
Maternity towels are much more padded..if you are sore then they are the ones you want!! I used mostly mothercare but Tescos ones were fine too. Normal sanitary towels may feel better (less bulk) but after the birth , trust me on this, comfort is so much more important! In the first few days after birth you may need to use 2 at a time (so you don't leak when you lay down) sorry if tmi, but it helps to be forwarned!