There are so many things to consider when preparing for the arrival of your new baby. Have I packed enough onesies? Have I got the nappies, wipes, cream? Nursing bras and comfy clothes.
But something that we can overlook is our underwear! Whenever we pack for a trip away its just automatic to pack our undies, so we subconscioulsy do the same for our hospital bag.
However I am here to tell you to carefully consider your choices for your hospital bag, if there's anytime to prepare and choose wisely is now!
YOU NEED UNDERWEAR THAT IS COMFORTABLE, WILL PROVIDE SUPPORT AND PROTECT YOU FROM LEAKS!
What underwear should I wear after having a baby?
You'll find that your normal bonds briefs may just not cut it after having a baby, as they need to be able to hold large pads in place to absorb your postpartum bleeding. The other thing to consider is that your normal undies usually sit where a c-section scar lies, therefore its always handy to have some high granny undies packed just incase you end up needing an emergency c-section - also they are way more comfortable.
Another consideration - make sure you pack black or dark coloured underwear, this will save you if you have an accidental leaks, because sometimes your postpartum bleeding is like a equivalent to an extremely heavy period.
What about disposable underwear?
Trust me when I say these are a MUST HAVE for your hospital bag. After giving birth, whether that be vaginally or through a c-section, you will experience a flow of blood, known as lochia, which will last for 4 to 6-weeks, although it is usually only heavy for around 7 to 10 days.
These postpartum disposable underwear (yes they look like nappies) are designed to:
provide extra absorbsion during those heavier days.
provide extra padding/surface area to prevent leaks and help manage flow.
be super comfortable for the first few days.
super easy to put on whether you've had vaginal or c-section delivery.
Can I just use normal Sanitary Pads?
You can, as long as you opt for a maxi or an over-night pad as they are larger and thicker. Normal sanitary pads will not have enough absorbency to prevent leaks until your bleeding lessens. Some women prefer to wear maternity pads as they are softer and thicker and will provide some padding to make it more comfortable to sit after giving birth.
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