Don't laugh at me. . . or do, but don't tell me you did.

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AnnaRO's picture
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Don't laugh at me. . . or do, but don't tell me you did.

Okay, so I was cleaning out our pantry area in our tiny laundry room, and in the very back of one very deep shelf I found the left over potty pads we bought when we first got our corgi. They are the kind you lay out on floor and the puppy is supposed to go to it and pee/poop on it. We never ended up using them all because she never once peed or pooped on one. Ever. So there are quite a few left.

So, I've been thinking about them and thinking I might take one and put it on our mattress under the mattress pad on our bed. In case my water breaks while I'm in bed. . . you are laughing, aren't you? Blum 3

Seriously, what do you think? Good idea? Bad idea?

Please stop laughing.

alwayssmile's picture
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I'm not laughing! I'm thinking not a bad idea. Actually I'm thinking I'd use the pad to sit on in the car or couch or someplace you spend a lot of time that might not do well with a lot of fluid. And put old blankets in the bed then. I totally slept on a towel with Aiden. Biggrin

ETA: So my thought is if it breaks when you're asleep it's not going to gush out until you stand up. So the bed is fairly safe, right?

ange84's picture
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Tjhats an awesome idea, and much better for driving than my solution with Ronin which was a towel between my legs, it made it hard to drive. When my water broke it started when I first sat up and a bit got on the bed. I stripped the sheets straight up and washd them before going to hospital

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Not laughing AT ALL. In fact, I think they won't be enough. I got something like THIS and I'm very glad I did. Not only did my water break in my bed but I later discovered that nursing a newborn in bed is a messy ordeal. A $20 pad saved my $800 mattress. Now that mattress is a toddler bed and I'm using the same sheet to protect it from toddler mishaps.

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

ETA: So my thought is if it breaks when you're asleep it's not going to gush out until you stand up. So the bed is fairly safe, right?

No. If it breaks like mine did, nothing is safe. Once the first big gush is over then its little gushes every time you stand up. Yeah, they kinda don't tell you that its not a one a done sort of thing. You leak until baby comes. For me that was 18 hours! The best thing for keepig clean while you're walking about is those big post partem pads. They're enough once the big gush is over with.

alwayssmile's picture
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Yeah, I know it keeps leaking. That's what happened with Aiden when they broke my water.

Totally added that item to my wish list Erin! Sounds a bit more stay put and comfortable than the towel I slept on for months. Wink

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I think I've heard of women doing that before. They'd also be great for the car seat!

When my water broke in bed with DD1, I felt and heard a pop, but no water came out until I stood up. I had DH grab me a towel and I stuck it between my legs and ran to the bathroom. It did continue to gush after that, as Erin mentioned.
I think if your labor starts with ROM, then you'll probably be ok. If you ROM during a contraction, you'd probably be more likely to have some force behind the fluid Wink But that is just me speculating.

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Definitely not laughing! As another momma who's water broke in the house I am thinking about getting what Erin posted above just in case it happens in my bed next time. And also, those pads would have been great for me when nursing Clara in the middle of the night in my bed. I could've popped one under a receiving blanket and laid her on top, that probably would've saved the sheets I kept leaking out on.

ange84's picture
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I have seen nursing mats for beds. They are actually quite decorative, it was a big wide strip of fabric with a PUL backing the you can sit across at the level you lay so if you leak it justs goes on the mat not the sheets and because of the materials they used it just looked like a decorative strip on the bed.

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Not laughing. We had to buy something like those (but made for people) to use for our homebirth kit. I totally sat on them in the car. I'm thinking though that the pad alone would not be enough for the intial gush as well. With DS1 I too had the pop and the second I stood up the flood waters opened up. When I would get back into a seated position it kinda cut off the flow though. Depends were such a lifesaver both times, man those things can hold some liquid! Like Erin we had a cheap waterproof mattress cover to put on our newer matress. It was leftover from when DS1 was little and night time training in his queen size toddler bed...lol. I kept it on for a few weeks after Odin was born too for all the BM and barf that happens in bed. Fun!

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nahh i went and bought a water proof mattress protector. Then I kept it on for nursing and leaking boobs, now i just keep it on Biggrin

Cherrychip's picture
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I also got a cheap waterproof mattress cover because I was paranoid that my water would break in bed and we had just bought a new mattress. My water didn't end up breaking until I was pushing, but it came in very handy for nursing in bed with leaky boobs, baby spit up and leaky diapers. Ours finally ended up tearing so I will have to get another one the next time I am pregnant. I also put towels and plastic trash bags in the car to sit on in case my water broke at work or to sit on while riding to the hospital when I went into labor. Of course when we actually had to go to the hospital, I totally forgot to spread them out to sit on!

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I"m not laughing either, I think it's a fabulous idea. I have a mattress protector on my bed. lol You could always put garbage bags under your sheets for the same effect too. ROFL Ok, now I'm laughing.

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Not laughing. It's a great idea. Actually I got some to use when I was PTing DS1 in case he had any accidents in his car seat or stroller (I put the pad on the seat to save me having to scrub the seats Lol