The Difference Between Postpartum And Menstrual Pads?

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hello, I want to ask. u003cbr u003after giving birth, which one is better to use as a bandage. whether special postpartum pads or general / regular night pads, such as Laurier Relax Night and other brands to absorb the blood that comes out. u003cbr u003In addition, what are the differences between special puerperal pads and ordinary ones. u003cbr u003e u003cbr u003thank you. u003cbr u003e u003cbr u003e

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Hello Mrs. Maya! Thank you for asking at

After giving birth, women will experience the puerperium, which functions to remove the thickened uterine lining during pregnancy and the remaining blood during childbirth. At this time, the body will try to restore its function to the way it was before pregnancy.

During the postpartum period, the mother will discharge postpartum blood which is bright red at first, then will turn dark brown, light brown, yellowish white, and clear. Mothers certainly need pads that are able to absorb this postpartum blood. Postpartum bandages are usually thicker than pads for regular menstruation. However, you do not have to use special postpartum pads during the postpartum period. You can choose various types of pads according to your comfort.

There are various types of pads on the market. The bandage that you choose must contain a distribution permit from the Indonesian Ministry of Health to keep it safe to use. Bandages that are not recommended are those in the form of a tampon or a roll that is inserted into the vaginal opening. Using tampons during the puerperium can increase the risk of infection. Avoid pads that have special scents or smells. Choose pads that are absorbent well, so that the condition of the vaginal area can be kept as dry and clean as possible.

When using pads during the puerperium, make sure you always change your sanitary napkins every 3-4 hours or beforehand if you feel full. At the beginning of the postpartum period, you need to replace the postpartum more frequently. Use a tissue after you clean the vaginal area with water. Make sure you always wash your hands with soap before and after changing sanitary napkins.

The postpartum period is a tough time for the mother, both physically and emotionally. Make sure you get adequate rest and maintain a healthy and balanced diet because the food you eat will affect the quality of the milk you give your baby. You can do light exercise such as walking and cycling. Postpartum exercise can also be good for you.

Immediately go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital or obstetrician if the puerperal blood is smelly, the blood gets more and more, the blood is bright red after a week, feels pain in the lower abdomen, or the blood is accompanied by large clots. You also need to seek medical help immediately if you have a fever, dizziness, palpitations, or fainting.

That's all I can say. Hopefully can help. May mother and baby always be healthy.


dr. Selvi

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