thread: Maternity pads and labour?

  1. #1
    2013 BellyBelly RAK Recipient.

    Sep 2011
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    Maternity pads and labour?

    Ok, this is probably a silly question (and hopefully still several weeks away from being an issue for me.) When you're in early labour do most people wear a maternity pad? I guess I'm wondering if it would be any help when your waters break or just futile? Do most people lose enough plug/show that they need a pad for that? It's just not something I've ever seen mentioned and I'm wondering if I should leave some maternity pads out or pack them all in my hospital bag?


  2. #2
    Registered User

    Jun 2005
    USA
    3,991

    I wore pads right through labour for both of mine. First baby I didn't take my undies off till I was pushing (apart from the times I was in the shower) and second baby I took them off when I hopped in the birth pool. But a thick surfboard pad would have annoyed the heck out me. I just wore regular thin pads and changed them as needed. My waters broke right before birth with both babies but I had a lot of show/mucous coming out before then and walking around without a pad would have felt awful.

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    Nov 2006
    brisbane
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    I never had to but I know some women have to. It depends on your body. You will know when it begins to happen. I would leave them out of the bag in case you need them xxx

  4. #4
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    Jan 2009
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    I wore a liner in the days leading up to labour as I was Laing my plug. My waters were broken so for the first part of labour yes, I wore a maternity pad and kept needing to change when I had another gush of fluid. When my contractions got bad though and I left the shower I didn't care and don't remember whether I needed one or not . I'd pop a few in your bag, just in case. The hospital will also have some (although not as good IMO). Good luck!


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  5. #5
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    Jun 2005
    USA
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    P.S. My hospital bag was my labour bag too. I packed one for my homebirth even and it was a great place to send my H to get anything I needed in labour. I could say "pads. they're in the bag" and he could find everything. So I wouldn't worry about having things you need in the hospital bag- it was handy IMO.

  6. #6
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    Jan 2009
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    That was "losing" not Laing! Autocorrect!!


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    Apr 2009
    Sydney
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    I used a big maternity pad but it was futile. Soaked in minutes. So I ended up sitting on a bluey (those big square absorbent sheets they have)

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    Nov 2008
    Perth
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    I wore maternity pads as I had SROM at home with both my girls and needed something to help to soak it up on the way to the hosi. I still needed to sit on towels in the car though and was absolutely soaked when I reached the labour ward but it helped contain it a bit. Although I knew full well my waters had broken, it was also helpful for the middies to test the fluids to be sure.

    I too wore them throughout my labours as well but I was using the ones supplied by the hospital at that point. There was an awful lot of fluid though so they needed to be changed frequently. It did feel a little better for me than just dripping amniotic fluid constantly.

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    Oct 2008
    Victoria
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    With my first my waters hadn't broken, but once I arrived at hospital my middy got me to pop one in. With my second, my waters broke at home and I didn't give birth for another day and half a night, so definitely needed pads!

  10. #10
    BellyBelly Member

    Dec 2005
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    i was induced both times and i they told me to put one on after they broke my waters. i think i had them on the whole time until the late stages and pushing.

  11. #11
    2013 BellyBelly RAK Recipient.

    Sep 2011
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    Thanks. Sounds like I should just keep a range of options open and go with the flow (no pun intended). A friend just lent me a big absorbent waterproof cover for the my bed at home too just in case - I never would have thought of that on my own.

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    Jul 2007
    Melbourne
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    My waters were lost in large volumes, i think with DD it would have been at least .5 litre. Ik flooded my bathroom floor, and that was the second of four big gushes at home. The one following I had gotten dressed, mat pad, thick trackies and soaked the lot. I seem to carry a lot of fluid!!! Definitely a good idea for the mucouses but depends on how you lose your waters as to whether or not it would be useful in that regard!