I had uncommonly, massive swelling for a couple days after (couldn't sit or walk with my legs together). Even one of my recovery nurses said, "Oh my goodness! Thats not normal honey." when examining me a half day after I gave birth. Pads rub too closely to the skin and cause irratation. Also, unless you can find some pads made with incredible material (none of the drug store brands) they also, are likely to cause hygiene issues, rash, or even infection if worn over swollen or broken skin. If you end up with external stitches a pad is likely to catch on them (because of close contact) and that wouldn't be so comfortable. Although the diapers aren't very easily hidden under clothes, you aren't likely to be doing much walking out on the town for a few days anyway.
The Depends (or cheaper off brand adult diapers) have wetness absorbtion and protection all around so you can more easily sleep and BF in any desired position without having to worry about leaking. For the first couple days of heavy bleeding (much worse than heavy menstral flow in most cases) the Depends allow you to relax a bit because you're not running (or waddling slowly and in pain in my case) to thebathroom every hour on the dot to avoid overflow.
It certainly won't hurt to buy a pack and try it. Have both ready for after your birth.
Also, the hospital I went to also used infant diapers for this purpose. They would put an ice pack into the underwear then an infant diaper open on top of it. You had that lovely cooling effect and the absorbtion of the infant diaper. BUT, the infant diaper really only works while you're laying or sitting in one position without moving. For the same effect I'd suggest buying a pack of comfy Granny panties to wear over Depends. You could easily put an ice pack in the underwear to help with swelling.
Ok, done rambling.
Tina - mama to DD1 12yrs, DD2 7yrs, DD3 4 yrs & baby and wifey to DH.
Kathlin mama to Kezia (3.5) & Cowan (1)
Jessica, mama to Emma, 7, Mattie, 5.5 and Lilly, 3 and someone new this Halloween-ish.
Ok so this is the second time this week that I have seen a thread about this on different forums. Before this week I had never heard of using depends. Where has this been for the last 3 pregnancies?!?!?!?!
I am definatly going to get some. I spill so easily, and I hate that pads twist and shift. I didn't even think about depends.
: Proud Momma to Katelyn (4-02), Calvin (4-06), and Ashley (7-08) :
Honestly, once you try a cloth pad you will realize just how comfortable they are, MUCH, much, much different then regular plastic, sticky pads, yuck!!
Try cutting a few pieces of flannelette and place in your underwear to try it out.
i am not sure what they are made of but they are comfy.
With my second, I used the Poise panty -- and it was the BEST! I hate worrying about my underware, having to wash so much, and the hospital pads and mesh panties drive me nuts.
I felt only slightly guilty about it being disposable. I use cloth as much as possible, but I felt this was a necessity.
I've had PPH with my last 2 births but with all 3 I've passed a pretty large (large lemon to orange size) clot the day or two after. It'd be nice to know that I had a little more protection in that instance, particularly if I need to go out since dh will still be recovering from surgery.
Cindy, loving wife of 15 years
homeschooling mama to 4 wonderful girls, and 1 boy! praying for #6, sch, due 4/14/2013!
Ok yesterday while at walmart I looked into the depends more. I ended up buying the walmart brand of adult diapers (as embarrassing as it was...hehe).
I paid 9 or 10 bucks for a 30 pack. I do not plan on using them all but I have several other friends that are pregnant and some are doing homebirths, so I figured I would share since buying a pack half that size was the same price! *scratches head*
I got the belted underwear things. It says one size fits all.....but I am a little leary of that statement.
Anyone have any experience with "Assurrance" brand and/or belted adult diapers? What about one size fits all?
I just want to make sure that I have bought the thing that will work best for me. If not, I can always take them back and get the right ones (providing they are not opened). I only plan on using a few of them....maybe a couple a day for the first 2-3 days. I bleed more than a regular or extra strength pad can hold (atleast for the first few days). The thought of people actually being able to use normal pads for the first day or so without having to change them a million times in one day..is a baffling thought to me. I have used the gigantic hospital pads and I still have soaked them pretty good and have to change them more than I like to. Even with the huge pads, I would always have a chuck under me while sitting/laying for the first few days. And in many instances, I would still notice leaking.
So I hope these depend "want a be things" work well too. They were just a little cheaper than actual depends brand.....but I have found that many times off brands are just as good and sometimes even better than the higher priced name brands.
I can not say that I was overly happy. Depends may be better but I was not pleased with mine.
Here is why...
only came with one set of belts.....so it makes it hard for me to give the remaining pack to other people....since it is kind of weird to share the belts (atleast in my opinion)....although it did come with a mail in coupon for more belts.......
also the belts were hard to find...I had to rip open the whole bag and dig through to find them
they were way too big for me ....not around the waist but they sagged and caused irritation....but this may be because they are one size fits all
they were bulky....but I expected that
so I would not suggest these......maybe it would work better for a bigger person than me.
I'll probably use disposable maxi pads, or some cloth pads. I have a few, and the pp's are right, you can't beat 'em for comfort.
and my man . Momma to ds1 (11-'04) , ds2 (8-'08) , dd (3-'12) , and Mr Blue, Chiyo, and Fireball, our 3 .
In the hospital with my 1st, they used frozen newborn diapers (at least that's what they looked like). So this time (having a hb), I'm thinking about using a couple of DD's Seventh Generation training pants opened up inside one of those mesh panties. Has anyone tried this?
Those Poise Panties do look pretty good though!