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The 3 Postpartum Pads you’ll need

After 9 long months of having your baby grow from the size of a seed to one of a large watermelon it’s time for the baby to come meet the world. Excitement, joy, fear and anxiety create an extreme melting-pot of emotions and feelings. Now that you know what your delicate soft baby looks and smells like, and that you’ve given your first kisses you rest and head home. Some parents told me that the drive back home from the hospital has been the most exhilarating and nerve-racking experience of their lives. Your baby’s nursery has been carefully planned out, but what about the mother’s needs postpartum?

As many of you may already know, postpartum comes from latin, “post” means “after” whereas partus means “childbirth”. Let’s explore its different aspects.

Expect about 6 weeks of Healing

Postpartum bleeding and liquid discharge consisting of blood, tissue and bacteria called lochia are typical and will vary according to each woman. Heavy bleeding for a few days after birth is perfectly normal. No worries, the amount of blood in the mother’s body has raised 50 percent during pregnancy1. So, once back home the uterus enters the process of slowly healing since the separation of the placenta from the uterus has created a large wound. Cramps are also normal as the contractions control the quantity of blood produced by the wound. They are the body’s way to prevent heavy flow2.

Here are some tips and tricks to help recover from postpartum bleeding.

  • Your body is king, listen to its needs and respect them. When you feel tired – rest, when your flow gets heavier – rest.
  • Large clots, we’re talking about the size of a cherry can be normal, if you’re worried best contact your healthcare provider
  • Your flow should be odorless or smell like your regular period, if you feel this isn’t the case for you, it is safer to contact your care provider
  • Tampons and menstrual cups are a no-go, let the area heal
  • Choose your postpartum pads wisely

Which benefits should your postpartum pads have?

Chances are you’re sore and slowly strolling, how wonderful would it be to avoid feeling like a duck with a large bulky diaper? Evaluate your flow to determine if really a diaper is the solution for the first few days. For some a super absorbent pad with wings might rapidly do the trick, for others waiting a few days (3-7) before transitioning will keep you protected and your mind at ease.

So once you’re ready, what postpartum pad should you go for? Practically paper thin, soft and ultra absorbent EasyDay heavy flow pads with wings is the way to go. After approximately one week of wearing the heavy flow pad, transitioning to the regular pad with wings will keep you comfortable and safe from leaks. Their core absorbs three times as much as traditional pads, and what’s more? The liquid is transformed into a dry to the touch gel, thus preventing leakage.

For the balance of the 6 weeks that it normally takes to heal, you’ll most likely only be experiencing spotting, this is the perfect time to use liners. The EasyDay liners are individually wrapped which makes them easy to carry in your purse or diaper bag without fear of putting a dirty liner on your panties. Hypoallergenic, unscented and breathable all EasyDay products have a semi-precious mineral strip (yellow line) that contains tourmaline which provides remarquable health benefits.

Semi-precious mineral strip to the rescue

It’s no secret, pregnancy and postpartum are linked to severe variations in hormones. These dysregulations act on two important axes of the brain that help regulate mood, therefore causing effects on the maternal mood. This is why giving birth increases the risk for developing depressive symptoms. According to studies, approximately 10-15% of newly delivered mothers are affected by these depressive symptoms3.

This is where the tourmaline strip comes in handy. When tourmaline comes into contact with moisture, it begins to emit negative ions and far-infrared rays. Once the negative ions emitted by tourmaline reach the bloodstream, they produce biochemical reactions that increase the amount of the most famous neurotransmitter, serotonin. Known as the happy chemical it helps fight depression, relieves stress and boosts energy levels4,5. Negative ions have a misleading name, as they actually create positive vibes!

Meanwhile, the far-infrared rays (FIR) emitted by tourmaline ionize water molecules in the blood cells, thereby helping to improve circulation and oxygen levels. The ionization also helps eliminate toxins and inhibit bacterial growth. The end result of FIR activity is pain relief and cellular repair. A recent study has demonstrated that these rays promote epithelial cell repair, which is precisely what is needed in a postpartum recovery. It’s great news for postpartum women whose bodies are healing6.

Let’s review, Heavy flow and Regular pads are:

  • Super absorbent
  • Thin and soft
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fighting depression
  • Boosting energy levels
  • Relieving pain
  • Promoting cellular repair

As a result, for your postpartum pads think of super absorbent pads with a semi-precious natural strip, your body will thank you.

This article is for information purposes only.

References

1- BabyCenter Editorial Team, Postpartum: Normal bleeding and discharge (lochia). June 15
2- ACOG. Updated. You and your baby, prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
3- Brummelte S, Galea LA. Postpartum depression: Etiology, treatment and consequences for maternal care. 2016 Jan;77:153-66. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2015.08.008. Epub 2015 Aug 28 .https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26319224
4- MASON, Bruce. How negative ions produce positive vibes. Huffpost. 11 Dec 2017
5- Perez V., Alexander D., Bailey W. Air ions and mood outcomes: a review and meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry, 2013 Jan 15  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3598548/
6- Vatansever F., Hamblin M., Far infrared radiation (FIR): its biological effects and medical applications.  2012 Nov 1; 4: 255–266. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3699878/
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