If you have given birth or gone through a pregnancy recently, you should be using maternity pads. You might have been advised by your elders or friends to use sanitary pads, but you would like to explore your options, and there is no harm in that either.
Here in this blog, we give you a few reasons why the use of maternity pads might be your best choice for handling postpartum bleeding.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POSTPARTUM BLEEDING
The first period you get after pregnancy is known as the postpartum period. It is generally very heavy, and you only get it about six to eight weeks later.
If you haven’t gone through a pregnancy ever, what you might be unaware of is that women experience heavy bleeding right after their pregnancy, too; yep, not a period. Blood flow and vaginal discharge are quite normal postpartum.
The blood will be heavy, and you might find big clots in it, too, don’t be alarmed.
This blood will slowly turn into a white, clear discharge called lochia.
This shedding of blood tissues from the vagina will keep happening until all the excess uterine lining and placenta are shed off. A few ways to determine if you need medical intervention is by inspecting this vaginal discharge called lochia. Here’s how:
Lochia has a “sweet smell” because of the shedding of leftover tissues from the pregnancy
Lochia is only bright red and heavy within a week of pregnancy
Lochia doesn’t increase or decrease as per your bodily activities
If you notice things that go against these general rules, you should visit a doctor immediately.
WHAT ARE MATERNITY PADS?
Maternity pads are engineered for the sole purpose of managing a higher quantum of bleeding post-pregnancy. You would feel constant wetness and irritation in your vulva after giving birth. The last thing you need is to contract any infections to make matters worse.
Using maternity pads after birth might be a good idea. It is because maternity pads use a softer material for their top; this ensures that women who have stitches are comfortable. Additionally, maternity pads are longer, thicker, and wider than normal pads because they need to catch all the heavy flow. The volume of blood post-pregnancy increases by 30-50 ml.
It is recommended to change pads often to prevent any irritation or chances of infections to the inflamed skin of your vulva. Stack up on maternity disposable pads in advance, so you are free of the worries of running out.
It might be hard for you to find maternity pads in the market that are of good quality because not many companies cater to the needs of women post-pregnancy. The babies usually take center stage in terms of love, care, and hygiene. Your health is just as important; take care not to neglect it.
You can save yourself the hassle of having to browse and experiment with products in the market by opting for Friends Maternity Pads. We ensure quality that cannot be matched in any way. Friends Maternity Pads are:
Ultra-soft and super-absorbent
Entirely chemical-free to prevent any sort of added irritation
Free of plastic coverings or ridges
Chemical-fragrance-free and thus gentle on sensitive regions
Contains high-quality Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP), which instantly soaks up the liquid and locks it in gel form
Friends Maternity Pads are available in a Sticker Strip design and with Elastic Loops
HOW TO USE MATERNITY PADS?
Friends Maternity Pads with Sticker Stripe Design can be used like regular sanitary pads, meaning they can be stuck onto your underwear. It is recommended to use this design of the maternity pads a few weeks after the pregnancy since the fabric of your underwear can be a little irritating to the vulva immediately after pregnancy.
Friends Maternity Pads with Elastic Loops are ideal to be used after pregnancy. They don’t require you to wear underwear. They come with elastic loops that go around your thighs like regular underwear but are much softer and thinner. These elastic loops hold your absorbent pad from the front, and the back ends to prevent them from being misplaced or sliding off.
We hope that you are now equipped with all the knowledge you need to make the switch from regular sanitary pads to maternity pads for your heavy postpartum bleeding.