Post # 1
During this weekend I started stocking up on supplies. Our local Drug store had some good sales going on and I thought I’d take advantage of that. Now i’m a tampon girl myself. I’ve been using them for a long long time and know the brand that works best for me. Personal choice and all using them just always felt better. Now giving the fact that I wont have this personal choice after giving birth leaves me a little confued with whats out there. I know each women will be different, but i’m sure we can say the first week atleast is going to be a doozy.
So bee’s what works the best? I’d really like to have something that’s not bulky and keeps me clean. (if thats possible). There’s just so many brands out there now a days, i really don’t know where to start. So just like when it came to making purchases for my little one on the way, i made my choices based off real women’s comments.
Lead me down the right path bees~
what brand/style pad did you/do you use?
Post # 3
I used Kotex. I liked the pads with no plastic coat on top and that’s one of the brands that doesn’t have it. The hospital gives you mile long pads as well. Those sucked but are pretty effective. My first was born at home so I didn’t get those, just had kotex overnights and liked them. I’m also a tampon girl. Good luck and congrats!!!
Post # 4
I like the kotex with the cotton style, it’s super comfortable! but the kotex with the plastic covering is HELL, so make sure you read the package to find out which you get.
I never use tampons so every month, I’ve used a lot of different pads over the years, and cotton kotex is my #1 choice.
Post # 5
Another vote for Kotex, nonplastic.
Post # 6
How long do you have to wait until you can start using tampons again? Good luck with your baby, I am excited for you!
Post # 7
You will need the really long ones for a few days so just take a bunch from the hospital
Post # 8
I swear by the always overnight (the real pad). They are long and cover up the butt. There is a lot of blood etc. Adult diapers were suggested by my doula
Post # 9
I bought a little variety. I made sure to get some with wings to help keep them in place, and I went for the heaviest, but tried to find the thinnest. What I thought I was going to be doing that day (napping vs sitting up feeding baby most of the day) made me pick 1 pad over another.
Post # 10
@BelleriverBride: I used Kotex and Always. I would get at least one big pack if not two of the “overnight” and one pack of “heavy long” (or whatever the next step down from overnight is) and one pack of the “regular” flow. You’ll want to be prepared and you’ll want to change it often.
ETA: If the hospital offers you their pads (super long with no sticky back) TAKE THEM. I found them to be the most comfortable because they go from your belly button all the way around to you back. I never had trouble with them not staying in place with undies on. You’re not going to be dancing. You may also want to consider getting some big, big pads (not maxi pads, like a 3ftX3ft pad) to lay on top of your sheets so that you can lay on your side without worrying about ruining the bed.
Post # 11
@BelleriverBride: Another tampon chick here, who was totally grossed out by the idea of pads.
We were told to use whatever brand you want, as long as it didn’t have any form of “dry weave”, which I think is the “plastic” that peeps are referring too. I used Kotex pads (get the overnight option). After a week (maybe less), I was able to switch to their “thin” option, which helped with the “ewww”. Depending on what hospital you’re going to, they will have packages that you can purchase with extra big pads and you’re given the opportunity to purchase more. Take all the extra big pads you can. lol
Stocking up isn’t a bad idea, but remember that you might not actually bleed as much as you think (I didn’t find the bleeding to be that bad, to be honest, but I had other “issues” that made up for that spot of luck). So, I think that I would make sure that I had a supply, with the thought that DH will go out for you and pick more up when you have a better idea of what’s going on and what you need.
I was also told about using adult diapers…especially for the time immediately after birth and I can see the appeal, especially if you’re going to have a lot of visitors in the hospital. I just couldn’t get over the ick factor.
Other life saver: witch hazel; get some. Pour a bit on a pad and put the pad in freezer for an hour. This will change your life upon coming home. 🙂
Post # 12
For the first few days I used Always overnights. They were really thick basically the same as the hospital ones. Then I went to Always ultra with wings. They were orange I think, for a longer length. Now at 15 days PP I’m using a thin kotex liner. You definately need a varity. It’s a lot of blood at first. I was told to expect it to last 4-6 weeks but at 2 weeks it’s just more of a discharge? I dunno, not as bad as I thought. I’m dying to go back to tampons but think it’s too early still. ( like.. how long does it take to shrink back up there? haha ) Best advice, get a lot and get a variety 🙂 While you’re shopping, you should stock up on tuck pads ( the witch hazel pads ) I think I’ve gone through at least 3 packages, so like 120 or more. Freeze them, you’ll be happy you did.
Post # 13
@ArwenBride: Where do you find witch hazel? At the drugstore or do you need to go to a more specialized health store?
Post # 14
I’d buy a little variety, then after baby is born send a helper out to get more of the kind you like. I’m also a tampon wearer and that’s what I did. My bleeding was not nearly as heavy as others described, and I had a vaginal birth. I used those giant ones the hospital gives while I was in there just because they were free and someone else was taking out the trash. Then used some long thick overnight ones, Always Maxi or something, for 1 additional day at home. Then switched to a smaller store brand overnight, which I’m still using 9 days post-partum. In terms of flow, I don’t need the overnight ones, but they’re the only ones I have left that have wings. I do recommend ones with wings. In terms of flow, I’d be okay with regular to super, from about day 5 on.
I also did not need witch hazel or tucks pads or dermaplast or any of that stuff. If it makes you feel better to prepare just in case, of course do so. But they give you some at the hospital and I didn’t even use those past the first day. I had a very tiny tear above the vaginal opening, no tear in the perineum. so that stuff was not necessary. For me it was good I didn’t buy them. If I had needed them, I would have sent DH out to get them.
Post # 15
Tucks pads!! At the pharmacy, pre soaked pads with witch hazel get those!! Loved them.
Post # 16
I bought the Target brand thick pads for those first couple of weeks. I also took the witch hazel pads (they’re like tucks pads) from the hospital with me. I didn’t have any swelling, just a few sutures so I felt fine. I did bleed for over 2 weeks off and on though. Also- they’ll give you a squirt bottle thingy… KEEP IT. USE IT!!!!!! I felt so much cleaner with that.
ETA-someone asked about how long until you can use tampons- my provider told me NOTHING in the vagina at all for at least 6 weeks. No tampons, no fingers, no sex.