This might be a really silly question, but is there any reason why you can't just carry on wearing the knickers that you'd been wearing right through your pregnancy in the days after delivery? Mine are just normal bikini ones which sit under the bump. Everyone seems to advise buying new knickers especially for after giving birth, but I'd rather get my old ones covered in blood and then throw them out and buy lovely new nice ones than buy granny pants especially for the post-natal period. I suppose that if you have a c-section bikini style knickers wouldn't work, but if you have a normal vaginal delivery, is it really necessary to spend money on such dismal pants?
I bought cheap bikini pants in a size bigger to ensure lots of room for those gorgeous maternity pads . I wouldn't normally wear these kind of knickers (am more of a thong or 'boy pant' type of girl - sorry if tmi) hence the special purchase!
You just want the biggest, fattest knickers money can buy after birth IMO. When they are big they hold the pads better, no chance of being slightly tight on stitches etc. and just generally soooo comfy . I just bought some a few sizes too big from Tesco for a few quid, definatly worth it.
Also, having just having the baby your belly will be all floppy and squashy. Rather than letting it all hang, some people prefer almost to 'tuck it in' and have more 'support' and the bigger the pants the better for this.
I am a definate thong girl or low shorts and was overjoyed when I could start wearing my normal underwear.
Also, I think having more support around that area, and wearing my maternity clothes after the birth (with what was my bump area being held in) helped my shape return quicker
If you're happy to throw the knickers away then no I guess not. Except that there is something comforting about big pants. I still wear some of mine a few months later. I am convinced they make me look thinner
After giving birth with dc2 I used the disposable knickers - cheap and as they say disposable, so less to think about. They were surprisingly comfortable, supportive yet lightweight around the tummy. Just thought I would suggest them rather than buying big knickers instead?!?!?!? I found normal cotton knickers too hot and heavy compared to the disposables.
Well it´s hardly a lot of money.. I had a 6 pack from - oh that really really cheap shop, can´t bloomin´ remember the name now - wherever - for 2 quid! They were size 12/14 but seemed blimmin´ enormous and yes, they were dead comfy after the birth when I didn´t really want to be picking knickers out of my bum crack.
Ha ha! Usually I wear size 12 G string, but yesterday I bought size 16 granny knickers from BhS (cheap in sale). My DH and I had a good laugh at them. They DO look comfortable however and will presumably be big enough to accommodate those lovely pads I also bought. And they come right up to the belly button so in case of emergency c-section at least I know they won't sit on the sore bit.
DH joked that afterwards we can sew the legs up and make pillowcases.