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post #21 of 36
Lol!
post #22 of 36

Can you buy mesh undies at a store? I've never had to look for them before!

post #23 of 36

I've actually seen a bunch of people recommend Depends for the first day or two if there's heavy bleeding. I'll probably buy a pack just in case. Not sexy, but whatevs. 

post #24 of 36

I mean, it's really NOT a bad idea lol! I have no idea what to expect in terms of bleeding, so I've grabbed a couple packs of cotton undies that I won't be sad if they get ruined, and am going to stock up on the long, super absorbent maxi pads as well. But yeah, depends might actually not be awful, especially if the alternative is leaking/ruining clothes.  

post #25 of 36

I don't know about Danielle but I was totally talking about depends.  Once I got through the slight embarrasment of buying them it was fine.  slammerkin you're right, they are the opposite of sexy but for those first couple days it was nice to not even think about ruining undies, clothes, sheets...  Also, I wasn't really trying to get my husband's attention while wearing them

shiloh- i used them last time and changed them as often as i would have a pad so it wasn't really any more of a bacteria breeding ground than any pad would have been. My midwife recommended it and for me they were perfect...even though I felt like a little bit of an old lady

post #26 of 36

The more I think about it, I think I'm going to hop on the depends wagon.. It just makes sense! 

post #27 of 36

Depends came in my homebirth birth kit. Can't decide if I can get past wearing a diaper lol, but I'm trying to think about what a mess it would be leaking on my clothes and bed those first few nights.

post #28 of 36

I'm stuck with a 48 hour stay in the hospital after the birth, so hopefully I'll be able to assess whether I might want to stop for Depends or something similar on the way home.  I'm lucky in that my hospital is 5 minutes away from my house.  I know everyone keeps going on about the mesh undies and the giant hospital pads, and they said they'll send me home with plenty of those, so I'm thinking that might be enough.  Arrgh I hate pads.  :P

 

My official plan is to take everything in the hospital that isn't nailed down.  My childbirth instructor was pretty clear on the point that they encourage you to load up on stuff, so I'm doing it!  The one benefit to a hospital birth, I suppose.  Lol!

post #29 of 36
Our birth center has everyone bring a pack of depends as part of their supplies. I've never actually used the,m, but I'm not a huge bleeder, either. I did buy them this time around again, we'll see . . .
post #30 of 36
Yep was talking about Depends! My midwife recommends using them, you change them just as frequently so no risk of infection etc, they are basically to save ruining things with "leakage" eyesroll.gif
post #31 of 36
It's probably worth checking with the hospital before you go to the trouble of taking so much in for yourself. Mine supplies basically everything you need except going home clothes. I'll bring my own pajamas because I don't want to wear a hospital gown once the birth is over, but the hospital will have baby clothes, diapers, wipes, blankets, hats, mesh undies, pads, ice packs, etc, etc.
post #32 of 36

You guys have totally helped me make my mind up- I'm buying Depends! It makes so much sense, and I won't have to be paranoid about leakage! 

post #33 of 36
This is my 5th baby, I've never leaked but I've found underwear a struggle to get on postpartum hence I love meshies. I also don't want to clean blood off my backside or have to shower blood off every 2 hours that gets squished or god forbid ask dad lol
post #34 of 36
I don't usually bleed very heavily except for maybe the first day (though I do usually bleed for many weeks). I'd never thought of Depends, but when I was in the hospital was DS3, they gave me Tena pads to use. So I might get some of those for the first day or two (assuming I'm still planning a home birth. I should know on Tuesday). Those combined with mesh underwear and a chux pad under me in bed, just so I feel extra secure, worked well for me last time. I've always had the mesh underwear given to me either at the hospital or in the supplies the midwives gave me for my home birth.
post #35 of 36
Thread Starter 

I know I'm taking as much stuff as I am because 1. I'm picky, and 2. I'm bad about not asking for things {unless it's from my family} I also wouldn't be surprised if we go strait from the hospital to my grandparents because some of my family from out of state plan to come down after the birth.

 

How I'm going to handle postpartum bleeding is the one thing I haven't been too sure about. I found out about mama cloth during my pregnancy, and because disposables cause me some irritation issues from time to time I really warmed up to the idea. I think I'll use some sort of disposables at first, them swap over to cloth. But I want to have both on hand. The bad thing is along with nursing pads, those are items I don't have on hand yet. Hopefully I'll fix that on Friday. I'm pleased to say everything for me else is packed.

Baby shower was this past sat, I've sorted out all the newborn clothes and new blankets to wash tomorrow so I can pack the diaper bag.

 

I had to do a search for the mesh panties everyone keeps talking about. I just couldn't wrap my mind around them. Lol. I understand it now tho. Even found a site that has them, says they ship in 24-48 hours. I'll be adding it to my favorites. http://www.mamagoddessbirthshop.com/product_p/disposable_mesh_panties.htm

 

I must admit, to a first timer those some of those PP pads are a bit intimidating. I'm not going to freak out/worry about it because it won't do me any good, but still yikes2.gif

post #36 of 36
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Originally Posted by gracisue View Post

I don't usually bleed very heavily except for maybe the first day (though I do usually bleed for many weeks). I'd never thought of Depends, but when I was in the hospital was DS3, they gave me Tena pads to use. So I might get some of those for the first day or two (assuming I'm still planning a home birth. I should know on Tuesday). Those combined with mesh underwear and a chux pad under me in bed, just so I feel extra secure, worked well for me last time. I've always had the mesh underwear given to me either at the hospital or in the supplies the midwives gave me for my home birth.

 

The mesh undies + pads just feel so low quality, (I had them from my first birth which was at the hospital, which they gave me) so I bought 16 tena slim fitting underwear for incontinence.  Basically Depends but a different brand since we don't have Depends in this country.  I figured that will last me for a few days post partum, then I'm switching to my own dark undies + Always overnight max protection pads with wings for the following weeks.  Problem is they are crazy expensive (the "depends" which are actually Tena brand disposable underwear)--more than 2 bucks each, so I am wondering in retrospect if they were worth it or if I should have just taken my worst underwear (you know the ones that get in the wrong wash group and the color doesn't look right after, etc) and sacrificed them to the cause and treated myself to some new undies after.  My favorite soft stretchy bamboo rayon underwear from China aren't much more than a couple bucks each, including shipping, anyways.  

 

I have cloth nursing pads that I love, 3 pairs.  I bought them from etsy.

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