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What size pants will I honestly need?

(21 Posts)
Barefootcontessa84 Fri 16-Dec-16 17:30:03

C-section scheduled at 38 weeks for medical reasons. Been advised to buy big pants that come up to my waist - no problem. But what size? If I'm usually a 10, is a 14 OK or should I go bigger?

dontpokethebear Fri 16-Dec-16 17:34:51

Hmmm good question! What size pants are you currently wearing?

JennyOnAPlate Fri 16-Dec-16 17:44:48

Fucking massive grin

I bought maternity ones to wear initially, so if you're wearing size 10 maternity clothes I would go for that.

GreenGoblin0 Fri 16-Dec-16 17:45:21

I'm a size 10 usually and had size 14 big pants. make sure you get black my mum got mine for me in white...

TheLongRoadToXmas Fri 16-Dec-16 17:46:39

I'm usually a 10 and Primark 14-16 big pants fit me nicely post C-section. Cheaper than the disposable ones, too, and comfier.

dontpokethebear Fri 16-Dec-16 17:47:32

If you are currently wear high maternity knickers (as in over bump ones), those should prob still be fine for the first few days. Your stomach could still be fairly swollen.

JohnLapsleyParlabane Fri 16-Dec-16 17:48:40

I had a section and next time I 'd buy normal size but huge shape, or one size up. A little pressure on my tummy was helpful and pants that are too big won't hold maternity pads tightly enough.

SharkSkinThing Fri 16-Dec-16 17:48:47

Go for a 14 and get cheap cotton ones that you don't mind binning. There is nothing more painful than elastic rubbing on your scar!

You'll be in them for a few weeks after and comfort is key.

Also, get yourself some arnica tablets from Boots/Holland & Barrett and take for a few days afterwards. It really helps the healing.

Good luck! 💐

Whatsername17 Fri 16-Dec-16 19:14:36

I'm usually a 10 and bought 16-18.

fruityb Fri 16-Dec-16 19:20:32

I only went up one size, bigger ones wouldn't have held a pad. I did however buy the massive pants style ones from Sainsbury's. They came over my wound and were comfy. They fall down now lol but they were ace at the time.

Leatherboundanddown Fri 16-Dec-16 19:26:12

I am an 8 and I got a 14. Big, black multipack from primark

ConvincingLiar Fri 16-Dec-16 19:28:28

I was a 12 and bought 16-18. 16 was best.

Nottalotta Fri 16-Dec-16 19:53:42

I was a 12 pre pregnancy and had sainsbury big pants in a 14. Although I bought some this time and they aren't as big. You don't want them too big as they need to hold the pad in place. The more important thing is not have them sit on your scar as bikini style would.

MrsZumbaDancer Fri 16-Dec-16 21:01:19

I'm a 10 and bought size 16s from m and s. Didn't have a section but hey we're so comfy post birth and good for holding maternity pads in place

JingleBellCock Fri 16-Dec-16 21:03:15

I am a size 12 non-pregnancy and wore 16-18 belly warmers post-bothof-my -sections.

creampie Fri 16-Dec-16 21:20:22

Also, use a maternity sanitary pad to stick in the front of your pants to cover the scar. Stops your clothes rubbing on it, makes it much more comfortable with a bit of padding. Good luck xx

Heirhelp Fri 16-Dec-16 21:22:11

Big pants that fit now before the c section.

CottonSock Fri 16-Dec-16 21:22:22

Huge.... i was full of fluid first few days. 16

Barefootcontessa84 Fri 16-Dec-16 23:04:29

This is fab- thank you!

hopsalong Sat 17-Dec-16 04:02:14

I'm normally a ten too, and was thrilled with the Mothercare post-c-section high knickers that my mother brought to the hospital (like school PE knickers, black, thick and sort of like a bandage over the scar). I started in size medium and after a week or two got another packet in size small. Got so fond of them I was still wearing them months later for stomach-flattening properties and have to say scar healed really well from the compression.

Barefootcontessa84 Sat 17-Dec-16 07:40:19

Thanks for the tip hopsalong!

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