Surely I can't be the only one who HATED those mesh panty things.
I wanted OUT of those things ASAP. They were just horribly uncomfortable.
I changed back into my own maternity panties (more like parachutes) when I got up about 3 hours after my section. I put in the obligatory elephant sized maxi pad provided by the very kind nurse, however by that evening, it was quite apparent that I simply was not bleeding....at all.
At that point (maybe 8 hours after delivery?), I put on a thin sized maxi pad for 'just in case', although I never did bleed, and was SO much more comfortable.
One thing both hospitals I delivered at had for vaginal delivery moms were these pads that had ice pack things built into them. You know the ice packs where you twist it to 'activate' the coldness? It was a plain maxi pad that you twisted and it was like a combination pad/ice pack. They said most moms fell in love with the things after delivery cause they were so soothing and helped with swelling and such tremendously. Might be something to ask about if you're delivering in a hospital that has them.
I think with childbirth, you should be prepared to use what they give you, especially if you are gushing blood everywhere those first hours after delivery. OR if you don't mind ruining your own clothes, wear your own stuff, but realize it may be the last time you wear those outfits/panties.
I certainly wouldn't want to buy a bunch of nice nursing sets and new panties to wear, even though I never bled the first time and spotted enough for a pantiliner for about 3 days the second time. Who knows what the next one will be like? I'd rather not figure out it'll be the one time I bleed like a stuck pig (much more common) while wearing my nice new nursing gowns, kwim?
On a funny note, my second 'scheduled' section didn't quite go as planned cause my water broke a couple of days early. Off we went to have baby with nothing but ourselves and the camera. I figured I'd send DH back home (less than a mile away) for stuff later that day.
So, by that evening, I desperately wanted to shower and put on my own clothes. I sent him to get 2 pairs of shorts, 2 t-shirts, several pair of panties, some socks, and my toiletries.
He comes back with all of this...only the two pairs of shorts he brought were BOTH white.
Hello, honey, maybe another color would have been more appropriate?? Thank goodness I didn't do more than spot that time around either, otherwise I would have been very attractive looking.
Lesson learned was to specify 'no white pants/shorts' after delivery.