- Health A-Z
- Diet & Fitness
- Home Remedies
There is a reason why the hospital staff gives you a stack of maternity pads right after delivery if you don't get your own pack. The post pregnancy bleeding called lochia needs to be taken care of with these specialised pads designed to withhold the heavy flow. Whether you have a vaginal birth or a c-section there is no escaping this bleeding. This happens as the uterus starts shedding the lining and other remnants of your pregnancy to clean up the womb. Post pregnancy bleeding can last up to six weeks or even more. This kind of bleeding is usually heavy with blood clots and that is normal. So once lochia stops you might want to switch to the regular sanitary napkin during your periods. But I would suggest that keep a few packets at home and use them once you get your periods back post delivery. Wondering why I am saying this? Here are few of the reasons:
They are designed for heavy bleeding: The post-pregnancy periods are going to be heavy. Of course it depends from person to person, but usually, it is heavy. You might have to change several pads throughout the day to control the heavy periods. Maternity pads that are designed to withhold heavy flow just come in handy at these times. They are best suited for the initial months of periods post pregnancy. I was glad that I had kept a pack in my closet and used it when I got my periods post pregnancy.
They are much more comfortable: Yes they are if you have invested in good quality maternity pads. Most of them have a cotton layer on top and are absorbent too. This makes them comfortable and reduces the chances of infection too. Since most maternity pads are made of cotton and mesh it is soft on your bottoms and reduces soreness due to friction.
They give overnight protection: If you have invested in the superabsorbent extra large maternity pads they can also ensure you overnight protection. I am not saying that your regular pads won't promise this but the maternity ones are designed to help you stay safe for longer periods and so you don't have to get up in the middle of the night to change pads.
Image source: Shutterstock
Join us on