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#1 Lady Lovely Locks

Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:48 PM

Ok, weird question, how do tampon users go with the big maternity pads after birth? I honestly haven't used a pad since I was 13, and I am having ridiculous anxiety over this of all things! (haha totally cool about the whole giving birth thing though! rolleyes.gif ) I found pads to be very uncomfortable and I can only imagine that as big as the maternity ones are I will feel the same way again.

#2 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:52 PM

I didn't think you were supposed to use tampons for 6 weeks post birth?  I can't imagine it would be very comfortable.

#3 *mylittleprince*

Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:52 PM

I've used tampons from the day I got my first period. I hated the maternity pads, it felt like I had a surfboard in my undies. Luckily it's not forever and you'll be so distracted by a new baby and lack of sleep that it will be the last thing on your mind.

#4 IsolaBella

Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:55 PM

QUOTE (*mylittleprince* @ 27/04/2012, 02:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've used tampons from the day I got my first period. I hated the maternity pads, it felt like I had a surfboard in my undies. Luckily it's not forever and you'll be so distracted by a new baby and lack of sleep that it will be the last thing on your mind.



Same for me.



#5 Bluenomi

Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:56 PM

Well compared to the stiches, the haemorrhoids  and the fact I'd had a 3.8kg baby pulled out with a pair of forceps, the pads were a breeze to deal with!

I barely noticed them, everything hurt so much at first it was nice to have a big pillow between my legs for the first few days. After that I was too tired to care!

#6 Phoenix Blue

Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:58 PM

Honestly you'll probably be so sore down there, the extra padding is a godsend. The midwives even provide little icepacks for down there to help reduce the swelling.

The most annoying bit for me is the kind of 'tail' you have with pads. I try to have them further up at the front.

Once my bleeding settled down, I switched to regular thin pads with wings - more comfortable.

#7 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:02 PM

I hated it! I hadn't used a pad since my first period.

I was probably naughty and used tampons as soon as the bleeding wasn't so heavy. I was lucky though i had a simple, straight forward birth and was pain free in a couple days.

#8 Jekaho

Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:05 PM

Yes, uncomfortable, but really it wasn't something I thought about lots - there were lots of other things for my mind to be on wink.gif

I did get a chafe  rash from it though - my own nappy rash I called it - on the inside of my upper legs. But bepanthen healed it up. No idea if that's in any way common or not.

#9 SaintJoe

Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:10 PM

TBH OP I was so sore after the birth the massive pads were the last thing I was worried about.

A tip for you however. Make sure you buy a few pairs of black undies that are a few sizes too big. Imagine a huge fat pad, as wel we a few ice packs shoved in :-)



#10 Funky Cold Ribena

Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:12 PM

I've used tampons from when I started my periods.
TBH, maternity pads didn't bother me in the slightest. Yeah, they are on the bulky side but I didn't really notice that much. As the loss got less I just used normal pads, the thinner sort with wings.

#11 CallMeFeral

Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:15 PM

Not a tampon user, but my thoughts on reading this are that there are a number of uncomfortable or painful things you deal with afterwards, and this isn't the top one!
A tip someone shared with me that proved to be gold, was to sprinkle a little water into the pad before wearing, and then freeze it - kind of like an icepack when you put it on - for the first few days it was the ULTIMATE relief...

#12 JaPC

Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:29 PM

Maternity pads are definitely not discreet sanitary items but as above, I doubt you will be giving them a second thought when baby arrives. Rather than risk ruining my underwear I also used disposable pants for the first couple of weeks.

#13 HeroOfCanton

Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:29 PM

You may find you don't have to use the huge maternity pads for very long - I was only using them for 3 days before I could switch to regular pads. Then I only needed those for 2 more weeks and I used liners for another week just in case.

I know it's not the same as no pads or using tampons, but once you go from the huge surfboard pads to normal ones to liners, it feels like a huge relief!

#14 premmie_29weeks

Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:36 PM

I only used the maternity pads in hospital (so maybe 5 days worth). After that a normal ultra thin daytime pad works just as well if you change every 2-3 hours. The bleeding stopped farily quickly for me, within 10 days I could use liners.




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