Precious tip for your hospital stay!

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Precious tip for your hospital stay!

Post by PMApsy » Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:08 pm

Hi guys!

I know you probably already have a whole collection of tips for your labor and delivery, and afterwards... but here's one that my friends gave me, and it's quite priceless... would never have thought of that!

During your hospital stay, you'll bleed a lot after your delivery. Extra-absorbant "mommy" pads won't be enough. You'll have to change them very often, plus you'll be bothered by the worry that you'll stain your underwear or the sheets and so on.

My friends advised me to buy... Depends! (incontinence disposable underwear... not pads, the whole underwear). Putting a package in your grocery basket is quite an experience, but my best friend delivered her baby on Sunday and she followed that advice. She told me it was TOTALLY worth it! She said that, in addition to being just practical and worry-free, it's also much looser than a pad (which will rub right against your genitalia), so given that you have some tearing in the area, it's actually way more comfortable. She used four underwears the first day and night, and she just put them in the trash and picked a new one when she was done! She made a joke with the first nurse who saw her wearing this, but the nurse said it was indeed the best option!

After your hospital stay, the bleeding subsides and pads become the most practical option.

So there you go... thought I'd share that tip, because nobody mentioned it during prenatal classes, and I didn't read it in any book!

Happy delivery,

Sophie :)
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Post by lyly14 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:00 pm

:D That is such a great idea! I remember when I had my dd (who is now 10 1/2 yrs old) the bleeding was so heavy those first few days that when I stood up it felt like a waterfall and I was so disgusted. The depends must be better than feeling like you just leaked everywhere!
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Post by riogirl71 » Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:05 pm

That's a good idea but if you have a c-sec you might want to be careful with anything rubbing your scar.
I used the lovely hospital panties that are very thin, almost a mesh and those did not irritate me...
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Post by kellym » Sat May 09, 2009 1:32 am

That is exactly what I did. I had twins and experienced both a vaginal delivery and a c-section (lucky me!) and the depends were awesome. I am not that big a person but I got size large so that they weren't tight on my incision (although at the time I didn't think I'd have an incision) and they were perfect. I never worried that if I shifted in the bed there would be a gush - they were awesome. And I love the fact that I just threw the whole thing out - didn't have to struggle with pads or anything.
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Post by jenn » Wed May 13, 2009 6:42 pm

I agree! I had my daughter last year and used them. LIFESAVER!! Even with a c section. I will have another c section in 3 weeks and still have left over Depends and they are already packed!! I tell everyone about them, and feel silly, but really- get depends!



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