The Best Postpartum Pads for New Moms

Congratulations on beginning the miraculous journey of motherhood. You’re now ready to explore the world of the new mommies. Have you thought about what comes next?

After delivering your little one, you’ll experience some changes and you need to take care of yourself.

One of these changes is lochia or postpartum bleeding.

Lochia is like your period, but longer and heavier. Don’t worry about it though, with the right postpartum pads, you could make this phase as comfortable as possible.

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the best postpartum pads. Let’s dive in!

Why Do You Need Pads After Giving Birth?

If you already use pads during your periods, then this wouldn’t be new to you.

However, if you use tampons or menstrual cups, doctors advise that you avoid them after giving birth. It’s not really safe because it could increase the chances of infection.

Will You Still Bleed After a Cesarean Delivery?

Yes. Although bleeding after a vaginal delivery is heavier,  you may still experience bleeding after a cesarean delivery. 

What Are the Best Pads to Use After Giving Birth?

Disposable or reusable pads? That’s a tough decision to make.

Disposable pads are easy to use and convenient. You just use them once and then throw them away. There’s no laundry to deal with later. However, they’re harmful to the environment, and they also contain chemicals. 

While reusable pads are eco-friendly, they’re also budget-friendly in the long run since you only buy them once. The problem with reusable pads is that you have to wash them. This adds to your list of chores as a new mom, which we all know isn’t so much fun. 

Some moms prefer reusable pads because they’re softer on the skin. However, with the introduction of cotton pads, that isn’t much of a problem now.

I prefer disposable pads since you’ll have a lot on your plate already, and they’ll be more convenient to use. 

How Many Pads Do You Need After Giving Birth?

Although you can never estimate an exact number, bear in mind that you’ll need at least 36 to 60 pads. You’ll be provided with mesh underwear and heavy pads at the hospital.

During the first few days at home, you might need to change your pad every one or two hours. As the blood flow decreases, you may change them every three to five hours.

You’ll experience heavy bleeding for up to ten days after giving birth, then lighter bleeding up to four or six weeks. It might be useful to read about the postpartum bleeding process.

What Should I Buy for Postpartum Care?

Other than postpartum pads, you’ll need to be ready with some other items to ensure maximum comfort.

Here’s a list of things that you’ll need:

  • Ice: it’s perfect for soothing the pain in your perineal area.
  • Nursing bras: they’ll give you the support you need, and they can be unclipped easily for nursing times.
  • Breast pads: whether you’re breastfeeding or not, you’ll need breast pads for leaking milk.
  • Nipples cream: it’s very useful for sore or cracked nipples.
  • Stool softener: even if everything is good, some doctors recommend stool softeners to make things easier for you. Also, try to include high-fiber food in your diet.
  • Squirt bottles: you can fill them with warm water to ease the pain, and you might use a disposable washcloth to pat the area gently to dry it.
  • Sitz bath: it’s like a small bath that can be placed on your toilet seat. You can fill it with warm water and just sit in it for a while to relieve the pain. Add some
    lavender to the water too for extra soothing.
  • Cotton underpants: comfort is our first concern here. Cotton underpants will do the trick.
  • Witch hazel pads: they’re medicated cooling pads to prevent irritation or inflammation. 

What to Consider When Buying Postpartum Pads?

With so many options out there, it may be a little confusing to choose postpartum pads. Here are some things to consider.

Material plays a big role in terms of comfort. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I recommend opting for cotton pads. Cotton is soft and breathable so it’s a perfect choice for postpartum bleeding. 

Next comes the size of the pads. With postpartum pads, it’s a good idea to go for the longest ones for more protection, especially in the first few days. You also need to make sure they’re thick enough to handle heavy bleeding.

When Should I Be Worried and Call My Doctor?

Postpartum bleeding is a normal process and there’s nothing to worry about.

However, if you have some of those symptoms, which are less likely to happen, you’d need to call your doctor:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Large blood clots that are bigger than a quarter
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Fever or chills
  • Severe headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Fast heartbeats

Our Top Picks For the Best Postpartum Pads

Now let’s check some products, to help you figure out what suits you better.

Frida Mom 2-in-1 Postpartum

 

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This company has a whole postpartum recovery line for mothers. These pads are 2-in-1, absorbent pads, and cold therapy (ice packs built into the pad), with adhesive back.

There are 8 disposable pads in the pack. You don’t need a freezer for those pads to keep them cold, you’ll just need to fold them until the inner seal is broken, to generate the cold.

Some moms say that these pads are totally worth the money and that the cold therapy makes them extra comfortable. They don’t leak and they help with the recovery process.

On the other hand, some say that it’s a bit difficult to break the inner seal while folding.

Pros

  • They’re long and wide
  • They relieve the swelling and the pain
  • They feature ice packs

Cons

  • They can be too large for some mothers, making them uncomfortable
  • On the expensive end

Medline Standard Perineal Cold Packs

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The Medline disposable cold pads come in a pack of 24. Mothers with vaginal tears after pregnancy recommend them. You just bend them in half to make them cold. They don’t contain any adhesive strips.

Mothers recommend sprinkling water on the top of the pad after bending them, then shaking them to make them colder.

They tend to think that these pads are lifesavers, and some mothers actually say that you can use them in other areas as an ice pack just to relieve the pain.

However, they wish that the pads would’ve had an adhesive tape, and would’ve lasted cold for a longer time.

Pros

  • They work as pain relievers
  • They’re super absorbent

Cons

  • Some reviewers note that a few of them come already bent, thus unusable
  • Not cold enough

Tena Overnight Super Adult Underwear

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Tena pull-ons are basically breathable disposable adult underwear. The pack comes with 14 underwear. To take them off, you can tear the sides away, which makes them easy to use. It also has leg guards to ensure that it doesn’t leak.

Despite the high price tag, many mothers say that they don’t leak, so they’re a perfect choice for the first few days.

They also recommend checking the dimensions before ordering, to ensure buying the right size.

Pros

  • They’re soft and comfortable
  • They come in different sizes
  • They’re wider at the back for more protection

Cons

  • Not affordable, compared to other adult underwear
  • The smallest size is medium, which might be oversized for some mothers

Always Extra Heavy Overnight Maxi Pads

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This pack features 20 disposable overnight pads. They have an extra-wide back for more protection and Flexi-wings. They also have barriers to prevent leaking.

Some mothers say that they’re too long and that it feels like wearing a diaper. However, other moms see this as an advantage for protection.

They also recommend these pads for being extra absorbent. They love the wings, but some say that the wings keep rolling up, making the pad uncomfortable for them.

Pros

  • They’re affordable
  • They don’t leak, which makes them a good choice during the night

Cons

  • Some say they’re very long, and it doesn’t work for all people
  • They can be irritating if you have sensitive skin

Natracare Maternity Pads

The Natracare box has 10 pads. They feature organic cotton covers and they’re environmentally friendly. Even the package is plastic-free. 

While some moms say they’re comfortable, others find them a bit too bulky to fit in the underwear. However, the soft cotton makes up for that.

Pros

  • They’re soft and absorbent
  • They’re thick enough as if you’re sitting on a cushion
  • They’re environmentally friendly

Cons

  • The adhesive tape isn’t that strong
  • Maybe a bit bulky for some
  • Not affordable

To Sum Up

If I have to pick one product, I think I’d go for Natracare Maternity Pads. While they might not be the cheapest option, they’re made from cotton, which is a great plus for moms with sensitive skin.

They’re also thick enough to avoid any leaking in your first days. If they’re not that affordable, you can consider using them for the first few days. You could then switch to more affordable pads for the rest of the postpartum period.

It’s a good idea to buy all the postpartum care products you need before having your baby. Make yourself comfortable so that you’re able to take care of your newborn.

Have you tried any of the postpartum pads on our list?  Leave us a comment to let us know your experience!  And congrats again on welcoming your little one into the wold.

P.S. If you liked this post, you might also like our review of the best postpartum underwear for new moms!

Princila
 

I’m Princila, founder of Check Ovulation and a proud mom of two. I’m an alumna of James Lind Institute. After working in clinical jobs, my passion for writing took its toll, and I ended up switching careers to work in the medical publishing industry. I also have a passion for healthy food, which prompted me to take several online courses in nutrition and health offered by Wageningen University. (I still haven’t completed the courses thanks to my busy mommy schedule!). When I’m not writing/editing scientific and medical manuscripts or taking care of my family, I use my free time to research, learn, and write about healthy living. I have also authored a few books in the self-help niche using the pen names Princila Murrell or PN Murray.

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