Post # 1
This may be one of the weirdest posts I’ve done on Weddingbee, but I wanted to give the boards a recommendation for post-labor recovery. That recommendation is: buy Depends. Yes — the adult diapers. Just trust me on this one — not to be too gross but there is a lot of STUFF going on in the days/weeks after birth, and Depends work much better than pads. They’re clean, disposable, and won’t have you worrying about leaks, etc.
So – I know this is a weird post, but I just wanted to pass on the benefit of my experience. (And if you’re embarrassed to buy them at the drugstore, buy them online!) 🙂
Post # 4
@chicagowife: I agree; it would have been nice if they would have had those when I gave birth to my children. It would have made things a lot easier.
@mommytobee: It is not that bad, but using something like Depends, instead of regular pads would definately be a lot better especially in the first few weeks after the baby is born.
Post # 5
@mommytobee: It’s really not that bad. It’s really just more a convenience issue — it made my recovery a lot easier.
Post # 6
I have heard some mommy-bees talk about getting something like Poise pads from the hospital.
Post # 7
I found ordinary sanitary napkins to be just fine.
Diapers are for people with incontinence of urine and/or stool.
If you are having those symptoms , you should see a doctor.
Post # 8
When I had both my son and daughter, the hospital gave me a bunch of these mesh underwear that had a built in pad. So freaking comfortable! I imagine Depends would be kind of the same. And also, when I was in major amounts of pain afterwards, I used to soak a pad and stick it in the freezer. Doesn’t sound like it would be comfortable, but it was seriously the best pain relief ever!
Post # 9
I’m still far away from having to worry bout this, but this advice is duly noted. I can see how a regular pad may not cover the best or even get bunched and cause more discomfort. Baby and adult diapers will be on my ‘home from the hospital’ check list. Haha.
Post # 10
I had thought of this! But didn’t want to ask about it because, well… it is kind of a weird/uncomfortable thing to bring up. Thanks for the advice and I’ll feel better knowing I’m not the only one lol
Post # 11
@julies1949: I didn’t say Depends were required, I said they were more convenient. Way to make me feel bad.
Post # 12
Good I hope this advice comes in handy! For me it just saved a lot of hassle with pads and coverage and etc etc. It was kind of embarrassing to write but I wanted to pass on this tip since I was glad I knew about it!
Post # 13
I was allergic to the mesh undies at the hospital…boooo! If there is a next time, I’d try depends but am more likely to switch to mama cloth after the first few days, since I have such crazy sensitive skin!
Post # 14
Wow. Yes, while diapers are meant for incontinence they can be used for other things. And there’s so much coming out of you after a baby that you may not even know if it’s urine. (Sorry pregnant ladies.) And some people don’t have good bladder control immediately after delivery and it’s completely normal. Back to the subject at hand, I found the pads the hospital gave and then super duper overnighters to be fine for me post-delivery.
Post # 15
I also stole a whole pack of mesh undies and hospital pads, but I think Depends would’ve worked just great!
I’ll share an embarrassing story about leakage, chicagowife. DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE GROSSED OUT BY BLOOD AND FLUID STORIES! The first time the nurse massaged my uterus after having my daughter, I felt a big gush of liquid. I stood up to go to the bathroom and change my mesh undies/pad, and all this blood and fluid went running down my legs and pooled on the floor. I was so embarrassed! But the nurse said it happens all the time. Remember that only like 1/3 of what you gain during pregnancy is baby and placenta. The majority of it is extra blood and fluid, and most of it doesn’t come out until your uterus contracts AFTER the baby is born. It’s normal and fine, and a really good idea to plan ahead by stocking up on pads or Depends. No need to be embarrassed. It’s a pretty natural/nomral thing with childbirth.
Post # 16
My friend had told me about the Depends idea, thanks for sharing it here too. I fully planon taking some with me and am just waiting for them to go on sale.