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What kind of pads should I get for after the baby is born?  What did you use?  I see some use regular ones (i.e. Always), others use Poise ones, and some use the undies with the pad built in. 

 

I have the cream for the boobs and any soreness after the delivery, but I forgot to get pads.


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My midwives' list specifically says "not Always Brand", but other than that, they just recommend something in the heavy/overnight range.


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I have been wondering the same thing. A lot of other mamas here talk about how they love cloth pads, but I really don't want to buy a bunch of cloth pads just for post partum, because once AF comes back, I'm going back to my diva cup... I hate ALL pads! 


I've also heard about not using Always brand. I had to borrow one from a friend last year, and it had a weird blue coloring in the middle that kinda creeped me out!  


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I'm using Natracare pads - overnights then supers. 

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My midwife's apprentice highly recommended adult diapers for nighttime. Midwife also has chux pads on the birthkit list, so I got some of those.

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I can't imagine using normal pads.  Over here we get a box of birth supplies shipped to us and in it are several packs of MASSIVE pads.  They are about twice as long as a normal long pad and 4 times as thick.


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The hospital normally gives me enough of those ginormous "pads" to get me through the first couple days when bleeding is heaviest. I ordered cloth pads for the rest. Disposable pads - I HATE. They are so hard and rough and hurt - I'm happy to have something soft this time! I understand those not wanting to spend the money (I too use a diva) but for me I think it's worth it, just for the comfort factor.
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I use adult diapers at first with the heavy bleeding (maybe 3 days or so) and then switch to Kotex heavy duty with wings.  I like that brand the best, even for normal AF.


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Thanks ladies!  I have an appt today and she is bringing my birth kit and tub (woo hoo!) so I'll see if there's anything in there.  If not, I'll ask what she suggests too and then go get a bit of that and probably some adult dipes (how sexy) and some heavy duty pads just in case.  Thanks!


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DDCC- I used those super thick ones with the mesh panties that they gave me at the birth center with my first for about 2 days and then switched over to Always with wings super absorbent for a few days, then downgraded to a less absorbent style until I was ready for liners.

 

With my second I used one package of the Always super absorbent with wings and then switched over to cloth pads. Soooooooo much nicer!!!  I highly recommend them!  They are more breathable, feel better on, and I don't feel so wasteful.  They are easy to clean and I have enough to get through two days before needing to wash.  Once AF returns I go back to the Diva Cup and use cloth liners overnight for any leaks.


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One of my favorite things about having a baby is those mesh underpants.  They are the greatest.  And sexy, to boot...okay, maybe not.


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The Natracare maternity pads have gotten pretty stellar reviews.  My birth kit is going to come with quite a few pads, and then I'm going to order a couple boxes of the Natracare as well.  And then after that I'll probably just stuff my panties with preemie prefolds orngbiggrin.gif


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Well, my midwife came over tonight and she brought with her a whole bunch of pads and chux pads.  :)  I'll still probably need some more pads, but she had quite a few for me.


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The Natracare maternity pads have gotten pretty stellar reviews.  My birth kit is going to come with quite a few pads, and then I'm going to order a couple boxes of the Natracare as well.  And then after that I'll probably just stuff my panties with preemie prefolds orngbiggrin.gif



That's an idea. I might just do that and forget about having to buy pads at all. Haven't used them since my *very* first period. 


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seventh generation has sanitary pads available has anyone used those? I can't use Always brand as I'm allergic to them(got a nasty yeast infection just from using them 2 days during my last cycle). I typically use stayfree as they are fabricy and seem to breathe and wick better. But I'd like something more natural till I can use those again. I have a feeling finding the huge pads by stayfree is going to be hard since they aren't as popular.

 


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I used both 7th generation and naturacare pads back when I lived at home and had money to blow.  They are way more comfortable than normal pads!  
 

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seventh generation has sanitary pads available has anyone used those? I can't use Always brand as I'm allergic to them(got a nasty yeast infection just from using them 2 days during my last cycle). I typically use stayfree as they are fabricy and seem to breathe and wick better. But I'd like something more natural till I can use those again. I have a feeling finding the huge pads by stayfree is going to be hard since they aren't as popular.

 



 


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I've never used natracare - are the maternity ones bigger? What's the difference in those and the regular ones?


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I used the natracare pads post-partum with DD and liked them.  I don't remember now if I got any of the post-partum ones or if I just got the heaviest flow ones I could find, but they worked great.  I believe I had some of both.  This time I am going to try some homemade cloth pads.  I hope they work well.  I think that I used the heavy flow ones for several days and then at nights for a while and used some regular pads for a while and then downgraded to the ultras as my flow subsided.


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I use depends for the first few days and then switch to regular pads during the day and depends at night for as long as it'd be a pita to have to wash sheets.
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