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Maternity pads

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Dlah Sun 14-Aug-16 12:13:40

Hi all,

FTM here, just trying to get what I need for hospital bag.

Realistically what do I need in the way of pads? Are maternity pads generally different to normal sanitary pads?

Ie yesterday I picked up some maxi, extra heavy winged pads as I couldn't see anything in the shop that specifically said maternity?

Just wondering what's best to get

TheLongRains Sun 14-Aug-16 12:21:15

Maternity pads are indeed different, and you'll probably need them (I've only had c-sections, and the bleeding isn't as bad after those, buy I still used them for a short while). They are generally found in the baby section of supermarkets, rather than the sanitary towel section. They are very absorbent, but rather uncomfortable (quite thick!), so I'd get a pack and see how you go. If your bleeding isn't terrible, swap to the normal (well, super heavy nighttime!) pads for comfort.

Read on here the other day though that maternity pads also don't have the same plastic top layer as normal pads, so are better for monitoring your bleeding, so even if you do swap to normal pads quite soon, this person suggested using a maternity pad once a day just to properly be able to see what the blood is like.

Oh, and congratulations!

Pearlman Sun 14-Aug-16 12:56:29

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katiegg Sun 14-Aug-16 13:06:05

Maternity pads are longer and thicker than normal pads. I also found them much softer which is a plus if you are bruised and have stitches. I bought four or five packs from boots iirc, once the bleeding lessened and I was less bruised I switched to normal pads.

There are generally with the baby products in supermarkets and boots etc.

I would recommend them, you will likely bleed a lot more than a period after delivery.

Dlah Sun 14-Aug-16 13:06:46

Thanks guys, appreciated

Shelby1981 Sun 14-Aug-16 13:08:51

Mothercare with wings are good at first (about £5 for 24 but worth it) then when it's slowed down, Boots ultra slim - I'm still using them 3 and a half weeks on and no irritation etc

PotteringAlong Sun 14-Aug-16 13:15:34

Also, sanitary towels can be scented and so it's easier to hide any signs of infection and yes, they're less good at being able to monitor how much blood loss you have.

Maternity towels are really padded and very comfy! You might need the padding!

Boots do down that are good - buy twice as many as you think you need as you will need to change them quite frequently to start with.

adagio Sun 14-Aug-16 13:17:50

The super tuick ones are a godsend for bruised/stitched bits, and maternity pads I think are meant to have a lot less chemicals etc in them (relevant). I used the thick ones for first week or two, then switched to extra thin maternity pads from boots when the bruising died down. They are in the baby aisles and I thought they were very cheap (60p a pack in tesco 6 months ago)

Andbabymakesthree Sun 14-Aug-16 13:19:07

Im looking at making cloth post partum pads as well as buying some of the shop maternity pads. I liked the padding of the big ones but by day 3 nice to be in something slimmer!

Andbabymakesthree Sun 14-Aug-16 13:20:53

Also make sure DP knows where to find them in supermarket. I've helped many new dads over the years who were looking quizzically at sanitary towels by offering a " you look confused are you looking for something?" Question

Missgraeme Sun 14-Aug-16 13:28:29

Don't forget the disposable pants!!

Dlah Sun 14-Aug-16 13:34:11

Lol my OH would definitely be lost!

Disposable pants . . When do people normally partake in these/for how long?

thecatsarecrazy Sun 14-Aug-16 13:39:34

I found maternity pads useless. Went with night time period pads with my second.

starsinyourpies Sun 14-Aug-16 13:43:44

I didn't do disposable pants but did buy lots of massive ones from Primark which were v.comfy for the days after, maternity pads are massive and I needed them for weeks so get loads!!

Tumtitum Sun 14-Aug-16 13:48:44

I found maternity pads way softer on stitches and just bought big knickers from primark grin

sleepyMe12 Sun 14-Aug-16 13:52:30

Definitely recommend the boots own brand. I used the big ones with disposable knickers for the first 3 days (stitches) then moved to the ultra slim with wings.

TheLongRains Sun 14-Aug-16 13:54:50

I hated disposable pants. Big black ones from a cheap shop are just as good and more comfy. (and I may or may not still occasionally wear some of the huge granny pants I bought for the early days...)

Dlah Sun 14-Aug-16 13:58:48

All these delights to look forward to! grin

AWaspOnAWindowInAHeatwave Sun 14-Aug-16 14:01:10

I found the Kotex maxi night time pads from the pound shop just as good as supermarket maternity pads.

AWaspOnAWindowInAHeatwave Sun 14-Aug-16 14:01:34

Meant to add - congratulations on your impending arrival flowers

Andbabymakesthree Sun 14-Aug-16 14:16:41

No disposable pants. Nice cheap big cotton maxis for me!

Andbabymakesthree Sun 14-Aug-16 14:18:46

Pack lip balm too.

Slave2thecat Sun 14-Aug-16 14:22:45

Why do you need lip balm? I've seen it on packing lists but don't get the relevance?

Cakescakescakes Sun 14-Aug-16 14:24:34

Gas and air mask/nozzle thing can really dry out your lips.

makingmiracles Sun 14-Aug-16 14:29:13

Slave-gas and air can make your lips dry.

I second boots maternity pads, tescos are ok but don't buy sainsburys ones as they are rubbish-the inner filling snaps in half and the sticky bit is only a tiny thin strip on the back so they don't stick to underwear well, boots by far the best.

Didn't bother with disposable pants as they don't fit well and are uncomfortable, the last too pregnancies I've used tena lady pants-the ones that are like a pull up nappy(!!) and used a maternity pad inside those for the fist 48hrs, then gone to maternity pads in cheap knickers after that!

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