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There’s Milk, a Baby, and Now You’re Bleeding, Too

Why maternity sanitary pads were made for this moment.

When do I use maternity pads?

While they’re mostly used to manage postpartum bleeding experienced after birth, some women also use them during labour, when travelling to hospital, or to stop any leaking once their waters have broken. If your waters break before labour starts, call the hospital and use a maternity pad so the nurses can check the colour of your waters.

How often should I change my sanitary pad?

Probably more often than you think. Aim to purchase three to four packs of 10 maternity pads before your baby is born, taking two packs into hospital with you. You’ll need at least two packs in your hospital bag, as you’ll bleed the most straight after your baby is born and you may need to change your pad every hour or two. This will reduce to every three to four hours over the next few days, and will continue to reduce as the weeks go by, so you’ll need to keep some in stock at home too!

Do I throw them in the bin?

It’s best to throw maternity pads away in a sanitary bin or with household waste. The great news is that Lil-Lets maternity pads are individually wrapped so you can put your used pad into the wrapper of your new pad and throw it away. You could use a nappy sack, sanitary bag, or wrap in some toilet tissue. Just don’t try flush it.

When do I stop using maternity pads?

It’s up to you! For the first few days and weeks, when your postpartum bleeding is at its heaviest, it’s probably easiest to use maternity pads as there are specially designed to absorb very heavy bleeding. As your flow becomes lighter, you may want to move to using a sanitary pad — your choice.

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Frequently Asked Question: Maternity

As most of us know, the earliest sign is a missed period but this could also be down to stress or other factors. The easiest and quickest way to answer your question is to take a home pregnancy test, which can be taken from the first day of your missed period. They're usually pretty reliable but if you're unsure, contact your GP and get booked in.

In most cases it's totally safe to have sex when pregnant, though you may want to avoid putting too much pressure on your bump and breasts! If you have a high-risk pregnancy or have had any bleeding then it's worth consulting your midwife or doctor first, just to be on the safe side.

Unfortunately the answer is yes. As the bleeding is mostly the lining of the womb it's totally normal to have vaginal bleeding after a caesarean, just as you would for a vaginal birth.

We would advise against this straight after birth as your vagina needs time to heal and using internal protection could increase the risk of infection. You're best to wait for your 6 week check, where your midwife will inform you if you're okay to use tampons.

It can take a while for your menstrual cycle to get back into a routine and even then you may find that your cycle and flow are different. If you feel you need to change your tampon every 2 hours or less, then it would be wise to switch up absorbencies on these heavier days...and don't worry this is quite normal and nothing you need be alarmed by.

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