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post #41 of 85
I think it depends on your flow, but I know in the first 24 hours I'm thankful for the extra large/wide pads that the hospital gave me. Larger than what I would ever buy at home.
post #42 of 85
Thread Starter 
Something tells me to stay away from the belted ones. I think I want to go with the more "full coverage" ones, I don't mind spending a bit more. One of the reason I am considering the "Depends" is because I worry about the shifting while sleeping and then leaking.

We just got a King sized bed in Feb and we only have one set of sheets so far (those things are expensive) so I really want to prevent leaking on the sheets. Although I am going to try and get a second set before the baby comes.
post #43 of 85
I would imagine an off brand would be just as good, but there's no shame in asking someone who is standing there purchasing Depends if they've ever tried the generic. They may look at you funny for a minute with the big belly and all but need is need.

I didn't think about Depends with my son. Honestly I was new to it all and was just going along. I bled most of the 6 weeks post partum and I used the mesh hospital undies and the long pads for most of the first week and then switched to super longs that my Mom brought me. I had an episiotomy so I was worried about keeping the area vented and clean so it would heal properly.

Do you think Depends has enough breathing room for those who get episiotomies? I don't want something that is so great at absorbing but doesn't let the air flow like a cotton panty.
post #44 of 85
i used adult diapers after the birth, i just felt safer wearing them while lying down with vistors in the room, i had a very heavy flow, i also put a pad inside the diaper simply because i havent used pads since i was 12 and i needed to get used to wear to place them again. very helpful and by the second day at the hospital i only needed the pad, i needed have to buy diapers to take the hospital with me though, it was provided...
post #45 of 85
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Originally Posted by JennaW View Post
Something tells me to stay away from the belted ones. I think I want to go with the more "full coverage" ones, I don't mind spending a bit more. One of the reason I am considering the "Depends" is because I worry about the shifting while sleeping and then leaking.

We just got a King sized bed in Feb and we only have one set of sheets so far (those things are expensive) so I really want to prevent leaking on the sheets. Although I am going to try and get a second set before the baby comes.
I never thought about shifting with the belted ones....although honestly I will still probably keep a chuck under me and baby for the first few days anyway. But I would just prefer no leaks anyway.

In regards to sheets. If you do not mind used stuff, then just go to a resale shop and buy some cheap sheets from there (obviously wash them first...lol) and you could use those for the first week or so...so you would not ruin your new sheets. Although that would not help protect your mattress. I would suggest a mattress cover to anyone anyway. It is annoying having a new mattress and it getting stained right away. And it is amazing how easily that happens. The kids pee in it, the baby barfs on it, you leak on it, ect. So a mattress cover is a good idea anyway. I wish I would have gotten one of the plastic lined ones. I only bought a quilted cloth cover...thinking it would absorb and prevent the liquid from going through.......I was wrong. :

Or just still have a chuck under you for extra protection....that is what I will probably do. Or maybe just a thick towel. I am going to try to avoid using as many chucks this time. I hate throwing those things away! :
post #46 of 85
Thread Starter 
Oh, when we bought the mattress we bought a very high quality mattress cover that is waterproof. Yeah, I didn't spend almost $3000 on a new bed to have it ruined, lol.

The second hand sheets is a really good idea, I will have to keep an eye out for those.

And yeah, I hate throwing stuff away too but I want to make my life easy that first week so I am ok with creating some waste. Hey I plan on switching to cloth TP once the babe is here since I will be washing cloth dipes anyway, and that is the only disposable product we have in our house right now, so I will rationalize it with that....
post #47 of 85
I just splurged and bought myself a nice new pair of jammies for the hospital
($30 is a splurge for me) so I'm off to Walmart to buy some Depends!!! I remember having leakage with my first, and I don't want to ruin my jammies or my memory foam on my bed! I also hate that pads slide around so much. I haven't tried them before but I'm willing to see how they work.
post #48 of 85
Can you get depends if you weigh alot? LOL I'm up over 200 now. A good amount. LOL
post #49 of 85
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Originally Posted by catholicmama View Post
Can you get depends if you weigh alot? LOL I'm up over 200 now. A good amount. LOL
the ones that I bought (off brand) say that they are a "one size fits all", but I do not believe it. I have not opened them yet. I am actually concerned in the opposite manner. I am small and wonder if they are really going to fit me right or just leak all over the place because they are too big.
They do have XL depends (atleast I think I saw them)....I do not know if that would work for you though. You might ask the pharmacists or someone that you know that wears them.

I would imagine that they would have some out there......there are a lot of people over 200lbs and I would assume that they would have some size to accomodate them.
post #50 of 85
looks like they would work . they have:

L 44"-54" 170-260 lbs. 38"-50"
XL 48"-64" 200-300 lbs. 48"-64"

i wonder which one would be better(I weigh about 220ish right now at soon to be 9 months pregnant) bleh
post #51 of 85
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Originally Posted by catholicmama View Post
looks like they would work . they have:

L 44"-54" 170-260 lbs. 38"-50"
XL 48"-64" 200-300 lbs. 48"-64"

i wonder which one would be better(I weigh about 220ish right now at soon to be 9 months pregnant) bleh
if you are talking for after birth flow, then I would say large would be fine...because of course you will be smaller then and the large still looks large enough.
If you are needing to wear them before the baby is born.......then I am not sure. Maybe the XL one. I guess it would depend more on your measurements than your weight.
Not sure....
post #52 of 85
I'd go w/the large
post #53 of 85
I used them for a couple days after both of my births before switching over to pads, the last thing I wanted to worry about was having to change the sheets every time I woke up! And if you just want a few, I've seen them for sale in individual packages in the travel or luggage section in case you don't want to buy a big pack.

I have my post-partum mama cloth, but I'll get some Depends for the first few days again.
post #54 of 85
I just bought some depends after reading a thread raving about them here
Whatever makes those days easier works for me! I hate leaks so they seem like a great alternative to pads that shift and stuff
post #55 of 85
I thought about using depends and then chickened out every time I went down the aisle. It turned out I didn't have a whole lot of PP bleeding (far less than a period, actually), but those gigantic pads that they give at the hospital (HB xfer) really suck and they kept falling out of my underwear. I had Mr Toona help me EVERY time I went to the bathroom (for the first few days) to manage the ice, pad and stupid mesh underwear (don't like those either). If I had to do it again, I'd get the depends and freeze the crotch with witch hazel, so as to avoid the everythign falling everywhere scenario.

Oh I also had one "I can't control my bladder" instance. That would have been nice to have depends then too. That was day 2 PP, and not had one since.
post #56 of 85
I REALLY like the generic Depends for right after birth. I use them for the first 24-48 hours. I've used them 3 times now & find them comfortable & sooo easy.

Then, I switch to cloth pads. I just find that disposable pad use for weeks at a time makes me irritable. That in and of itself justifies buying cloth pads for me!
post #57 of 85
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Originally Posted by Red Sonja View Post
And if you just want a few, I've seen them for sale in individual packages in the travel or luggage section in case you don't want to buy a big pack.

I have my post-partum mama cloth, but I'll get some Depends for the first few days again.
I should check into that....because I seriously do not think I would need any more than a few. Typically my bleeding gets back to normal pad worthy within a day or so.
post #58 of 85
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Originally Posted by BlessedOne View Post
if you are talking for after birth flow, then I would say large would be fine...because of course you will be smaller then and the large still looks large enough.
If you are needing to wear them before the baby is born.......then I am not sure. Maybe the XL one. I guess it would depend more on your measurements than your weight.
Not sure....
Yeah, I mean for birth flow. Ick.
post #59 of 85
Depends for the first few days/week. They hold a ton and any ice packs, etc fit well and comfortably in them and no worries about staining any panties or sheets. Then cloth mama pads for the remainder.
post #60 of 85
You know everyone talks about ice packs and such...I never did that...although the hospital and perhaps birthing center did supply me with some (still have them...don't know if they are good still). I guess I never felt the need for ice. Although the peri bottle with warm water and soap was a MUST for a week or so while going to the bathroom! I do not think I ever got really swollen or anything to need ice and I pretty much always felt fine down there unless going to the bathroom. Obviously I could tell that things had happen down south....but nothing too overly painful or uncomfortable. Maybe this time I will try the ice packs. I have them, I might as well use them! Maybe they will be so nice that I wonder why I did not use them before!!

I also have a lot of other things that I never used that the hospital or birthing center gave me. Such as the herbal stuff (I was not sure if it was a tea drink or to bathe in ...lol) and the pain meds. I have quite the stash of things....hehe
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