Post # 1
Ok so I started birthing classes with my hospital yesterday. The nurse showed us the mega-pads that they provide to absorb all the blood that will come out post-birth.
That thing is huge!!!
I am really nervous about this because I haven’t used pads in over 13 years. And, there’s a reason for that: I suck with pads.
1) feeling the blood come down freaks me out
2) I always, always end up staining my bed
3) I end up staining my clothes from time to time
4) the pad doesn’t stay in place very well and it feels like I have a lump under my bum.
SO… I read here a while ago that a few bees were recommending using adult diapers instead. I did a bit of research and most people seem to think it would be overkill; but I suck so much with pads that I think it may not be such a bad idea. Is anyone thinking of going down that road?
If I were to go for pads in the end, which one would you recomment (I haven’t used them in 13 years and have no idea what’s good and what’s not). It would have to provide major coverage since I can’t sleep with a pad without leaking on the bed.
Post # 3
PS: I litterally dreamed all night about the pads the nurse showed us!
Post # 4
Ok so this was my experience, and I’m being brutally honest. ****Warning this might be a little TMI****:
Post abour I bled alot. In fact the first couple of nights, I actually dripped on the hospital floor, it was that heavy, even with the heavy pads. I soaked through them within a couple of hours. However, after the first few days, I was able to use just regular store bough pads ( long ones made for heavy flow). I don’t think I would have liked a diaper because it would have been more work in my opinion.
Post # 5
I bled for 2 months, I only took a week off of school so I think that’s why. I used cheap heavy flow reg maxi pads, didn’t know they had special ones, I bet it’s a case by case thing, diapers may be too much for some but easier for others.
Post # 6
I totally understand. I remember feeling the exact same way after our birthing class as well. As gross as it was feeling wearing a pad again it’s doable. Most of the really heavy bleeding occurs in the hospital. I would recommend a super pad for the first week home and then the bleeding lightens up so thinner pads work. I’m now 4 weeks post and still need a panty liner but it’s like I’m not wearing anything. You will be so consumed with this gorgeous new life that the pad /bleeding is an after thought.
Post # 7
I am not a Mom yet – I am an NICU nurse, and Moms like to share these struggles with us – I am not sure why LOL.
Usually you will have 1-2 days of really heavy bleeding, for those couple days the adult diapers might be useful to you as you hate pads (as do I – I haven’t used a pad since I was like 14). I have heard from lots of new Moms that the always overnights are really long and really absorbant (they are as long as your forearm). The key is to get a lot of them, and change them often to avoid leaking (like every time you go to the bathroom, change the pad). I had a Mom tell me she changed hers after every baby feeding for a couple weeks (so every 2-3 hours).
Post # 8
with my daughter the hospital gave me disposable underwear to put on with the phone book size pad and when I left I took some with me, but I also use the pads with the wings to help keep the pad in place. Hope this helps and good luck!
Post # 9
With both of my girls I bled pretty stong for 4 days or so where really only the huge pads they give will hold up. After that I used overnight pads during the day and the bulky ones at night until I ran out of them. The over night bads are nice bceause they are a little larger in size as a PP said.
I would not do an adult diaper because you are changing them so frequently it would be such a pain. And I think that would just seem weird.
Post # 10
I wore the big ugly gauze undies the hospital gave me for about a week. I didn’t want to ruin my underwear (not that I had any underwear that fit anyway, half was too big and the other half too small!). I would change my pad every time I peed, and I made sure to go pee every couple of hours just so I could wash myself off down there with the water bottle. (Which feels so great, By The Way. Seriously.) I was afraid of bleeding through or whatever, but I wasn’t exactly running marathons during that time. I was going from the bed to the bathroom and back. Or to the couch. I just tried not to move much and kept myself clean and the pad new. More activity=more blood+more leakage.
Post # 11
First off I would think that you may have changed a bit since you were 13 and using pads might be a bit different now. I agree the heaviest bleeding is at the hospital. They gave me plenty of giant pads to take home. Honestly stepping in and out of a diaper after delivery sounds horrible to me. It was not easy to move aroun that much.
Post # 12
@mommytobee: I was worried, too. But the thought of having this little child (who is now napping on my lap) gave me great courage.
I wouldn’t worry, because every woman is different. I have a bleeding disorder that makes me more prone to heavy bleeding. My OB and my hematologist were both concerned about postnatal hemorrhaging, but the truth is, at this point, I’m three weeks out and I’m hardly bleeding at all. I think breastfeeding helps because that helps to contract the uterus. I also wonder whether perineal massage helped, because I only had two small tears from pushing. I bled a bit in the days after, but it was nothing like I feared.
Remember the ultimate goal: to have your beautiful baby.
Post # 13
I wasnt even aware that you bleed that much after labor [goes to show how much I dont know!] I personally havent seen the giant pads yet,but I’m pretty sure I would prefer a pad over a diaper.. but most likely when the time comes I wont really care eitherway
Post # 14
you make up for the months without a period:(
Post # 15
Yeah, I used the gauze panties they give you for the first day or so, but I stocked up on granny panties to use while I was bleeding heavily. Always long overnights with wings were my best friend post baby. The Always has that stay dri layer or whatever they call it, so it’s not as gross feeling. It still feels kinda icky wearing a pad, ’cause, well, it’s a pad, but Always seems to be the best at reducing that ick.
Post # 16
i bled for 6 weeks. the first few nights i used the hospital pads and to me they weren’t too bad – i hadn’t used pads in years either but they weren’t thaaat thick. it was like a heavy period so i had to change it every few hours. i would think an adult diaper would be overkill too. after about day 3 i switched to always ultra thin egular pads which were fine. the last week or two it was light enough to just use a pantyliner.