For first-time mothers, the process of giving birth and caring for their postpartum body can be overwhelming. To help you navigate this new world, we've put together a blog post all about postpartum diapers and pads. After reading this post, you'll know the difference between the two types of products and when to use each one.
Postpartum Diapers vs. Pads
After you give birth, it's important to take care of your perineal area (the area around your vagina). This area is susceptible to tearing during childbirth, so it's important to keep it clean and dry to prevent infection. Many women use both postpartum diapers and pads to achieve this. But what's the difference between the two? What to consider when choosing?
Postpartum diapers are designed with a super absorbent material that can hold up to 4-8 times more than regular incontinence pads. As they are thicker than pads, they are also great at providing additional cushioning and comfort when sitting or moving around. Postpartum diapers typically feature elastics in the legs and waist to help them stay in place during use.
Postpartum Pads on the other hand provide less absorbency compared to diapers but still offer a good level of protection against leaks. They often come with adhesive strips so you can easily fix them onto underwear. While postpartum pads may be more affordable and easy to change, when it comes to heavy leakage, their effectiveness is much limited.
When to Use Each Product
Most hospitals will provide you with disposable mesh panties and some type of perineal ice pack after you give birth. It's important to wear these for the first few days post-birth to keep your perineal area clean and help with any swelling. You can then start using either postpartum diapers or pads (or both), depending on your needs.
Postpartum diapers are ideal for heavier flow days as they provide a greater level of absorbency and are thicker than pads – giving you more cushioning and comfort when sitting or moving around. Additionally, the elastics on the legs and waist help them stay in place during use.
For light to moderate leakage, postpartum pads provide a good enough level of protection while being more affordable and easier to change compared to diapers. They also typically feature adhesive strips so you can easily fix them onto underwear. However, their effectiveness may be limited if the leakage is too heavy.
Experiencing postpartum can be overwhelming. In our article, 'Choose The Top 8 Best Postpartum Diapers For Your Needs', we explore the different types of postpartum diapers available and provide helpful tips on what kind may be best for you. Don’t let fear overwhelm your decision-making process. Read through this informative piece to determine which diapers work best for your unique situation and lifestyle.