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post #41 of 50
LOL Hubby asked me today what we were gonna do with the Bummi's super prints that no longer work.

I told him Umm I'm gonna put them in the super sexxy fishnet panties the midwife is gonna give me along with one of those ratty prefolds because my momma cloth isn't gonna be big enough to catch it all.

He's like "Sexy fishnet panties???? o.0"

I go 'you'll see" lol
post #42 of 50
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.
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Lesson learned was to specify 'no white pants/shorts' after delivery.
post #43 of 50
maybe because you had c-sections is why the mesh undies were uncomfy......I would assume they wouldnt sit nice on an incision.
post #44 of 50
I had a homebirth
It wasn't messy
I wore my own clothes
In fact, I wore my everyday skirt and my *very* expensive robe. Probably the most expensive article of clothing I own, it is a souvenir of our honeymoon b&b stay. It got a little stained. Hydrogen peroxide got it out, no problems.

I used infant sized CPFs and paper pads. Next time I will skip the paper pads: they caused me pain that wnet away as soon as I switched to soft CPF's.

ITA that the hospital wants you to wear thier garments to exert control over you and to deny you privacy and bodily integrity. Don't let them. Jmho.
post #45 of 50
i was nakey during the birth, but right up until she burst out of me, there was no mess...
so i could have labored the whole time in my wedding gown and not gotten anything on it..
when she came out, there was a gush of fluid and blood, and piles and piles of meconium (i joked to dh after that it looked like a doberman had taken a poo in our dining room! )

Of course, when i started to bleed out, i did not have the energy to move or even sit up, so i ended up laying right smack in the middle of the piles of blood and poo...not pretty. I then had to take a shower, well, okay, i laid in the bathtub, while water came down on me, lol, and then crawled/was carried by dh dh, to the bed, where i slept all night......

Stupid blood clotting disorder....were i "normal" i probably wouldn't have gotten anything on me, except my immediate vaginal area....which was nicely caught by the tarp/towels on the floor....but Nnnnooooooo, my stupid blood has to be missing a certain clotting factor....blah!
post #46 of 50
going into the birth planned on wearing my own clothes.
i also planned to have an unmedicated birth, have a waterbirth, go home a few hours after the birth, etc etc.
ds had other plans.
it turns out that i'm an incredibly messy birther. i managed to get blood in every little nook and cranny of the room. people driving by the place where i was labouring got blood on them and never figured out why. people thinking about me from other parts of the country got stained clothes.
i wore a gown for the birth and i didn't notice it, really. i was so focussed on the birth for the first part, and in a daze from blood loss for the second part. and if i'd worn my own clothes i would have wrecked them, no question about it.
after the birth and the huge tear i kept bleeding and bleeding and bleeding... i coud get blood all over something just by looking at it. they changed my sheets every couple of hours and my pad every hour. i stayed in the hospital for a week because of all the blood loss. i loved the mesh undies and hated the pads and the gowns. next time i'll bring my own shirt, but i'd rather bleed though their panties than mine. and the pads started giving me a rash where no rash should be almost right away, but i didn't feel like i had a choice, since i'm a sea sponge girl so i had no mama cloth hanging around asking to be bled on. next time i'll be smart and use an old towel.

you don't know if you'll be a heavy bleeder like me, a non bleeder like one of the pps or somewhere in the middle. keep an open mind and improvise as you go.
post #47 of 50
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Originally Posted by romans_mum
maybe because you had c-sections is why the mesh undies were uncomfy......I would assume they wouldnt sit nice on an incision.
It wasn't my incision that was the problem though. Heck, my incision was covered for the first 24 hours both times, plus there was a nice...um....layer of maternal fat covering it anyway that it never gave me a moment's trouble. It was all cushioned down there under all the fat/tissue left.

It was more of the way they rubbed my butt and crotch area that was so annoying. Not painful or anything, just incredibly uncomfortable. Maybe it was the particular brand or maybe they were just too small or something.
post #48 of 50
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Originally Posted by josybear
keep an open mind and improvise as you go.
Now there's a great piece of advice!
post #49 of 50
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Originally Posted by wifeandmom
It wasn't my incision that was the problem though. Heck, my incision was covered for the first 24 hours both times, plus there was a nice...um....layer of maternal fat covering it anyway that it never gave me a moment's trouble. It was all cushioned down there under all the fat/tissue left.

It was more of the way they rubbed my butt and crotch area that was so annoying. Not painful or anything, just incredibly uncomfortable. Maybe it was the particular brand or maybe they were just too small or something.
ahh yeah, I was lucky my hospital had the sized ones, not the one size fits all (cause it can't no way a size 2 can wear the same thing as a size 26)
post #50 of 50
Since I was not planning to even birth in a hospital, when I went preterm, I wasn't prepared and just went with the hospital gowns. I was on bedrest the whole time I was there (until after delivery), so it really didn't matter whether the gowns covered anything or not, although the ones at my hospital actually weren't that bad - I think they wrapped around a bit and covered everything, but I'm not positive (it's been 2 years). And they gave me nursing gowns for afterward. Since I didn't have a robe, I had to double up on the nursing gowns when I went to visit DS in the NICU - otherwise I would have flashed everyone through those nursing holes! DH brought my clothes in the day I was discharged. My own clothes would have been nice for postpartum, but for labor, I really didn't care what I was wearing. And since I had NO nursing clothes, pumping was easier with the nursing gown.

Now the mesh panties... LOVED 'EM!!!! I stole some extras and wore them for about 2 days after I got home. They were SO comfortable! Alot more comfortable than my real panties. I also LOVED the ice pack pads. Those are the best! The regular humungo pads were very bulky, so I switched to regular sized pads when I got home. This time, I'll use cloth once I get past the ice pack pad stage, since wearing sposie pads for 3 weeks causes me to get diaper rash. I'm planning to birth outside the hospital this time (assuming I go full term), and I still want to get those mesh panties and the ice pack pads. They rocked! Really only needed the ice pack pads for about 24 hours maybe. I just had a first degree tear.
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