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C. - posted on 12/02/2010 ( 168 moms have responded )

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Now that the one thread went to hospital undies and some very UNattractive disposable swimsuits.. On to the hospital..

Along with the comfy mesh undies they issue you after giving birth, they give you pads. Like a fool, I ignored everyone when they told me to buy my own and bring them to use instead. HOWEVER, I have to say that the ones with the ice packs that the hospital gives you were AMAZING!!! I'm really just curious if anyone else had the luxury of using them (not sure how many hospitals use those)?

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Charlie - posted on 12/04/2010

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I got a gown but I brought my own , there is nothing like creature comforts to make you feel less hospitalized IMO , I actually didn't wear it for giving birth either just a singlet .

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I just wore my own nightes, I never once wore a hospital gown, the only time anyone did was if they needed a c-section. I had specifically purchased cheap nighties so if I did get blood or anything on them I could chuck them out.

Nikkole - posted on 12/03/2010

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i wore a gown the first day i was there but most the day my legs were numb and i couldn't get up lol but 2 other days i was there i wore my clothes more comfy for me

C. - posted on 12/03/2010

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Really?? I lived in those gowns so I wouldn't ruin my clothes. I could barely walk, so I waited until I had to pee so bad it hurt, and by that time I had leaked just a little.. Gross, I know, but I ripped my stitches and everything hurt so bad.



And I did like the hospital pads b/c they absorbed more.

Sherri - posted on 12/03/2010

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Never heard of ones with ice packs?? Okay I have to say I was maybe the only one that never minded the pads the hospital gave me. I loved that they were thick and oversized that way I was more confident that there would be no leaks as after birth I bled like I was hemorrhaging. I never wore the stupid gowns only while giving birth then ran and took a shower and put my regular clothing back on.

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I had a 3rd degree tear , almost a 4th b/c they used "the tongs " lol It went crazy fast but I paid for the next month . The doc wouldn't even tell me how many stiches he was doing . I got the bottle but all I got for a pad was the mesh undies and a couple if the disposable blue bed pads to roll up?!? I had an epi during labor with 2 boosters so that made the PPP something to truly write home about , as well as the ginormus cathider tube hanging out there till it was time to push . At one point after being home for a few days I had to pee so bad but it hurt too much to sit down on the can , I had to try and pee in the shower , couldn't do that either , I can't even remember what I did .

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Combination of factors - degree of perineal damage. presence of hemmorhoids, and hardness of stool. It has nothing to do with any meds taken during labor, but any narcotic meds taken post-delivery can be VERY constipating, which (can) make pooping more painful than childbirth. Drinking tons of fluid, high fiber intake, and stool softeners after delivery can do wonders for reducing the potential for problems.

Stifler's - posted on 12/03/2010

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Nothing was supplied when I went to hospital lol except the ice packs.

C. - posted on 12/03/2010

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I don't think it has to do with drugs used during labor.. I think it has more to do with how bad you tear..?? Maybe?? I don't know for sure, but that's my theory :)

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One of the things I had heard about was the painful BM afterwards, but it never happened! I never had any problems.....

Does anyone have any info on why this happens? And why some women experience it and others dont? Does it have something to do with horomones, drugs used during labor, etc?

Charlie - posted on 12/03/2010

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God I hated the hospital pads so huge and no wings , NO WINGS who invented that ? a man ? LOL .

C. - posted on 12/03/2010

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Did anyone else also receive the pads that don't have any adhesive?? Along with my ice pack pads (I still can't get over how amazing those things were).. They gave me a couple packs of these pads. They looked like a sleeve with small square pads slid into them and the ends were kind of left open.. Weird looking, but they worked during lighter days, but were thick like a diaper.

Bonnie - posted on 12/03/2010

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Morgan I went through something similar to you. I also had a 3rd degree tear with my first son. I'm not sure how many stitches I had, but I was in the hospital for a week because I also couldn't pee and was catheterized. I was in excruciating pain, in tears, and could barely move. Two days after being in the hospital found out when they checked to see why I was in so much pain, found out they had dropped a stitch. The postpartum was worse too. Very bad experience, but I survived, and then had another:-)

Nikkole - posted on 12/03/2010

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Yea i had just the regular HUGE pads that were like a diaper i HATED them and i didn't even bleed that much to need them so i went out right after i got out to get regular pads :)

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Oh I want an ice pad and a peri bottle we don't get them, I only got the huge hospital pads which sucked because they didn't have wings and kept moving about, I sent my hubby to the shop to get some maternity pads with wings to secure them properly.

I was really lucky with my son because although he was super fast he was small and so I only had the tiniest tear that didn't need stitches, it was fine when I peed unless I hadn't drunk enough then it stung like hell. As for my first poo I was really worried about that, but suprisingly it didn't hurt. I'm hoping the next one will be the same.

Nikkole - posted on 12/03/2010

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i was soo scared to poop after my c section i didnt go for almost 1 week it hurt so bad i almost cried no one warned me either and after the c section coughing or sneezing or laughing GOD im glad im not going throught that again 2 is ENOUGH! My mom was delivering my sister and she was a big baby almost 10pounds and my mom told her dr to cut her or she was gonna rip and he didnt listen nd she riped 2 different ways she said it was so painful!

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Is it wrong that I prefered the pads that the hospital gave me? I brought my own but felt MUCH safer with the hospital ones.

And, I agree Laura....ahhhhh, to the peri bottle!

Isobel - posted on 12/03/2010

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I found the ice pads painful...but the peri bottle and the tucks pads...ahhhhh.

Rosie - posted on 12/03/2010

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i know mine weren't frozen pads. they had the huge ones for the blood, and brought in what i think was a diaper that was wet that they had froze, lol. i dont' remember, but it was nice, that's for sure. that and tha peri bottle. that thing was the best EVER. i sometimes want one now, lol!

Sara - posted on 12/03/2010

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Those witch hazel icepacks were awesome. So soothing....makes me relax just thinking about it.

Laura - posted on 12/03/2010

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This is too funny!! I never got ice packs but I love love love my spray bottle!! Still have it in my bathroom cabinet and will get a spare here in Feb. :) I also got an antibacterial pain relieving spray that I love. I've even gotten more from Wal-mart because it works great for general cut scrapes and burns.

Morgan - posted on 12/03/2010

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I got ice pads, mine where just frozen wet pads though in little baggies!! I had a 3rd degree tear and 33 stiches I was in the hospital for 6 days because I couldent pee, My mind just would not let me I was terrified!!! as for the first poop I would have rather givin birth again than gone through that it was AWFUL, I loved my little water bottle, I still thank it when I see it in the linen closet :)

Mary - posted on 12/03/2010

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Oh, those ice packs are the best freakin thing ever! I only had a 2nd degree, but what really killed me was that I developed PIH about 5 days pp, and became horribly swollen all over, including my poor perineum. It actually bugged me more 5 days out than it had originally. Part of the problem was that all that swelling caused those stitches to pop prematurely instead of just dissolving. Because I am stupid, I had to look - and was horrified. I refused to believe that my bottom could ever go back to normal...but the body is an amazing thing, and I can happily say that there was no lasting damage.

I had two major fears about delivering - developing hemmorhoids, and that first post-baby poop. Luckily, I never got the hemmorhoids, and I was so fanatical about taking colace and senekot, and eating a ton of fruit and veggies post delivery that everything cmae out smoothly without any discomfort whatsoever. I think my fear was so great that even had I been dying in pain, I would not have taken any type of narcotic for pain relief.

C. - posted on 12/03/2010

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Oh yeah.. The sitz bath and pain spray.. I don't remember what it's called, but it's a lidocaine spray that numbs the area. AH!!!! Amazing stuff.

I have also been catheterized.. When I was pregnant with my son.. OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Talk about PAIN! I was literally in tears b/c it hurt so bad. Although, I do have to say I'm glad the bulb was down all the way when she took it out. My brother wasn't so lucky when he landed in the hospital last year. The balloon was still partially inflated when they took his out. He can take a lot of pain, now, but he was crying b/c it hurt so bad.

Amie - posted on 12/03/2010

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I remember the peri bottles! I have two still. haha.

I also got force fed a lot of bran. Well the first time, I stayed in the hospital over night with my first (had her at 1:30 in the morning) and then the last 3 I knew what that was going to be like, so I made sure to have bran muffins on hand and to eat a couple a day, sometimes 3. It was so much easier.

I only had stitches with my first to, thank god. That was horrid. I don't remember how many it was but I had a couple on the inside and a bit on the outside. When my doctor went to put the last one in the freezing wore off. She actually asked if I wanted to just tough through it or have more freezing. Really? You need to ask that? I just pushed out a kid, enough with the pain. =/

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I had the ice pack and the peri bottle and they also gave me some spray stuff for pain. I don' remember what it was called though.

The first PPP was horrible! was too embarrassed to tell Jon that I had my first and only taste of hemorrhoids. NOW THAT was the worst.
They also told me that I if I didn't pee within the first 10 hours of birth they would have to catheterize me again. I've never felt so much pressure to pee in my life. Nor have i ever been so freaking happy to pee in my life. If I could have jumped for joy, I totally would have.
And thanks to the first catheter I got my first and only taste of a UTI. I told Jon I felt like I was pissing razor blades.

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Bonnie - posted on 12/03/2010

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I had the gel pack pads, the squirt bottle to put warm water in, and the sitz bath...oh the luxury.

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so as im reading all these post..i am also calling the doctor so i can get my tubes tied. I think i had blocked some of this out...the things we go through....



btw..nope..no ice pads...don't think i ever even heard of them until now...

Stifler's - posted on 12/03/2010

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I got them when I gave birth. I had to buzz the nurses to bring me more coz my butt hurt too much to walk to the fridge and get them.

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The most honest thread EVER. Thanks, ladies. I went through very similar things and, no gel ice packs in Alberta. I was told to moisten a maxi pad and put it in the freezer and use them after they froze. Felt soooooo good after tearing and having stitches down there. Those bottles??? Yup. I stole them from the hospital. No one warned me about the true dangers of the first PPP - that shit was epic and scary.

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@Erin H.. Mine weren't hard at all.. They were actually almost like a squishy cold pack. Did you break it up enough? Or maybe it was just a different type? All I know is, mine was very comfy to sit on and felt oh-so-good..

You poor thing! My oldest sister had 3rd degree tearing b/c my niece came so fast (literally 10 minutes after they told my sister she was 8cm- 3 pushes and she was out. We were still on our way to the hospital b/c we had just gotten the call that she was about to push).

Anyway, I only had 2nd degree tearing, from what I was told and that was bad enough. My heart goes out to all of you that had 3rd degree tears.. Ouch!

@Anika.. I don't know how many stitches I had. All I know is it was more than two b/c I tore hole to hole. And it felt like ants biting me all over b/c the lidocaine kept wearing off (that's how long it took to stitch me up). Bless you for only having one stitch.

@Fiona.. SERIOUSLY??? I wish MY midwives told me about that trick.. I am definitely trying that the next time I have a baby b/c for the whole 3 months, I was literally in the bathroom crying everyday b/c it hurt that bad when I went!!! Thanks for the tip!

@Cathy.. I never heard that one before, but it sounds like it works just like a peri bottle as far as gentle cleansing.

@A N.. Eh, the cup just isn't for me. But thanks :)

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I never got mesh undies or ice pack pads. Though I think I only had one stitch (and I bloody hated that one fucking stitch. You gals who had more have my absolute respect) so I don't know if I didn't get them because we don't have them or I just didn't need them. I was warned about sitting forward to pee.

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Didn't get any of those things on the NHS.

For peeing with stitches we just get told to pee right before you get out of the bath!

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I've never heard of an Aussie hospital doing the mesh underwear thing?!? As for ice pads, I had them, but they were NOT comfortable because the ice pack was too hard. The coolness was nice, but it was impossible to sit on it.

Oh and I was TERRIFIED of the first PPP (post-partum poo lol). I had a 3rd degree tear but after a bit of Normicol and advice from the MW on how to support myself, it was actually not too bad. I remember ringing my friend and being so excited that it didn't hurt lol.

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This may be a tad off subject, but for the ladies who love using the squirt bottle for their periods-

Have you ever considered using a menstrual cup? I used pads when I was young, tampons when I was older, and now using the menstrual cup- its sooooooo much better and cleaner. Its like I don't even really have a period anymore.

Sorry to go off topic there...

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This is why I loved my midwife soooooo much. She warned me about all of this. Told me to leave a squirt bottle of water in the toilet for peeing after the birth, as well as keeping flannel cloths there and for the first poop, to hold the flannel against my vagina and perineum so I could bear down to poo without feeling like I was going to turn inside out. She made sure I had plenty of ice-pack pads and gave me these little ice-pack sticks to take home that slid really easily into a maternity pad to basically turn it into an ice pack pad. She taught me to put my maternity pads in the freezer as well. I didn't get any hospital underwear, but I knew to keep a stash of cheap, comfy cotton undies that I could toss once the post-partum bleeding stopped.

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Sharon, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that uses panty liners :)



Peri bottles ARE awesome!!! Omg.. What a lifesaver that thing was. I don't use one anymore, though. When I'm on my period, I use baby wipes (use those when I poop, too lol). But I'm thinking I'll switch to the peri bottle for periods now.. I actually never thought about using them for that. Thanks, Sharon.



And the postpartum poop.. HOLY COW!!!! I gave birth vaginally. I loaded up on Colace, prunes and anything else I could get my hands on with lots of fiber and it STILL felt like I was giving birth to my 9-pounder all over again! Was like that until I healed (at 3 months postpartum). I actually warned my friend before she had her baby in Jan. and she was glad I warned her, but it still didn't prepare her for the pain :(



But seriously, if ANY of you have the option, ask your nurses for the ice pack pads.. They are SO amazing! What a relief it was sitting on those things.. Kind of numbed it up a bit, so I didn't have to take as much medication (since I was so tired already and any medicine makes me drowsy, that was the last thing I needed as a new mother). But they have to be THE BEST invention for postpartum moms. Especially if you've ripped your stitches a few times by accident..

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My hospital used those. I actually loved the huge pads from the hospital for at least the first few days because I bled so much in the first couple days. I only used the ice packs a couple of times right after but it was nice when I did. Oh yeah- and the squirt bottle? Genius and heaven down there.... lol

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The c-section poop is awful! And nooooooo one warned me. I shudder to think about it. I don't know what would have been worse, that or taking care of vag stitches.

Sharon - posted on 12/02/2010

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LOL - I love it - it has three thin streams of water, the bottle is perfectly soft and squishy, i use these during my period when i'm at home to rinse off so I don't wipe hard enough to pull the skin off, lol.

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