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Maternity pads with wings - is mothercare the only one?

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dribbleface Mon 08-Aug-11 10:54:12

Shopping online to get bits for bag, is mothercare the only place that does maternity towels with wings? They are very pricey - seem to remember having pads with wings last tiem but bit hazy. Is there a reason most don't?

belgo Mon 08-Aug-11 10:56:40

Mostly they don't because the extra sticky bits can get caught on stitches/hair, and after child birth that could be very painful.

dribbleface Mon 08-Aug-11 11:00:50

Thanks belgo, you would think i would remember from last time - think i've blocked it out! Cheapy ones it is then, phew was looking very pricey other wise!

cowboylover Mon 08-Aug-11 11:09:05

I had the always plus nighttime pads after my c section and they where great but I didn't have the sore bits issue

fluffyanimal Mon 08-Aug-11 11:11:45

Yes, just go with Always Ultra Night. I did have very sore bits (icecubes in condom time grin) but these pads were fine.

Dummyhunter Mon 08-Aug-11 17:39:20

Tescos do them with wings (thin style) and the normal thick ones, both cost about £1 - £1.50 from memory and are great. MW advised against always etc because the gel they use in them can mask smell and therefore infection.

lovemysleep Mon 08-Aug-11 17:47:26

I'd just stick to the highest absorbancy Always ultra (or similar brand). I did after having DD, and I had an episiotomy, and they were fine - think I had a pack of maternity ones (horrible, brick-like things), and they were rubbish.

CBear6 Mon 08-Aug-11 17:48:06

Yeah, Tesco do wings on theirs. I got mine from Mothercare this week because they had 3 for 2 instore and a third off so it cost me £5 for thee packs of 12.

I was also told by the MW (both my own and the MW doing the hospital tour) not to buy the nighttime version of regular towels. They often have a plastic backing that prevents skin breathing and can harbour bacteria, this can lead to infection. They also mask signs of problems because they make it harder to spot warning signs such as odour, changes in colour or flow, excessive clots, etc (sorry, TMI). And they're sometimes not up to the job and can make it seem like there's a problem when there actually isn't. Bleeding is particularly heavy in the first few days, the MWs advise that anything more than one pad an hour needs to be checked over as a sign of haemorrhage, regular pads fill up faster than maternity pads making it difficult to gauge blood loss and this can cause unnecessary worry (it can also have the opposite effect and delay seeking help for excessive bleeding if it just blamed on using a normal pad instead of a maternity one).

I found I needed maternity pads for the first week or so but was then able to switch to regular pads once the bleeding began to taper off.

jimmijam Mon 08-Aug-11 22:32:47

hi, as cbear said, i also used maternity pads 4 the 1st week or so then switched 2 the usual always night 4 a while

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