I don't know if there is a norm, because there's a wide range of variance in how much you can bleed in labor. And of course your water may or may not break, etc. I had a waterbirth too, and we didn't go through that many chux during labor. They were great to have afterward though. I bled a fair bit for the first couple days and I'd put one under me on the bed and on my recliner. I still carry one or two in the diaper bag too, they're good emergency changing pads, especially when baby has a blowout. HTH
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Last time we went through about 8-10 of them I guess. I laboured in water but had to get out and move right before delivering. Not the plan but sometimes you just go with the flow
This time around I have the leftovers from last time and a new pack of 10 that I can return if we don't need them.
But they really are handy
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I wished I'd bought a second pack -- I could've always returned it to the drugstore if I didn't need to open it. I also wanted to use them on the bed those first couple of days.
Originally Posted by myhoneyswife
Anyone know if there is a washable alternative? I used to be a nurse's aide, adn to me chux pads = intervention, so I'm not wanting to use them! Silly mental hangup, I know. If you have a good layer of 2 towels, do you think that would be good?
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Originally Posted by celestialdrmrmama
I feel the same way as I was a nurse before my dd was born.
I think I'll do a plastic sheet on the bed or a shower curtain, put another sheet over it, and then many towels around wherever I think I'd be going to. We have like 6 towels, and maybe I'll pick up like 4 more closer to the birth. That's what I was planning on doing anyway, but all this talk about chux made me second guess myself!
We used one for after the birth on my bed when my MW was checking me and we used one as a changing pad for the baby the first couple of days because of the meconium.
I don't know how many come in a package but I would probably want to have 6-8 on hand in case your water breaks without contractions or you decide to get out of the tub. You can always keep the left overs for your next birth or to pass onto another Mama friend
We bought four 10 packs of pads at Walmart. Those we don't open or use, we can return. They are quite inexpensive, and i think its nice to have enough that there are no worries. My MW says they use them quite a bit.