February 2013 Moms

Postpartum bleeding & furniture

Hi ladies!

I have a silly question for STMs or those who may have recently delivered their LOs.

The glider we bought for baby girl's room is a plush ivory upholstered arm chair/glider. Is it unrealistic of me to think I'll be able to use it those first few weeks postpartum while I'm bleeding? Or is my imagination getting the best of me and postpartum bleeding isn't as messy as I'm thinking?

TIA for your help!


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Re: Postpartum bleeding & furniture

  • FTM here..if you want to use it I'd suggest you can use those pad mats.. They are kind if big and I know some moms use them in their beds so they won't stain the sheets at night. They should work fine for your chair.
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  • With my son I bleed a lot at first but after a couple days it was like a regular period.
  • It's pretty bad at first. I remember my first walk to the bathroom post partum and even with a hospital pad and everything it was dripping down to my ankles...sorry tmi.

    I'd probably just make sure there's some protection for the chair, just in case. The bleeding does let up but still.

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  • I was thinking that, you know those puppy training pads, why don't you get some of those off-brand ones and set them in the seat, so it will absorb anything that might leak and the bottom is lined with plastic so it shouldn't have any way to get on your glider!

    I'm pretty tight on money so I've been trying to think of ways to improvise on certain postpartum things for myself since I've tried to buy the best things I can afford for DD, and this idea just popped into my head!

  • I had a c/s, after which you usually bleed a little less than a vaginal birth, but bleeding on the couch wasn't even something I considered. I'll probably be in the hospital for 2-3 days PP and that's when the worst of the bleeding is. After a few days it's like a heavy period.

    Since it's an ivory color, though, I might put down a disposable changing pad or something just to be safe. You'll only need it for a few days. The bleeding can last a while, but it's not extreme for the whole time. For me I'd say it was heavier than a period for 2-3 days, like a heavy period for another 2-3 days, a normal period for 4-7ish days, and then I had heavy spotting for about 3 weeks. In total I bled for a bit over 5 weeks.


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  • We have an ivory colored rocker in DD's room...I just wore Always overnights and never leaked and I bled pretty heavily. I also had the diaper sized pads from the hospital. Never had a problem. The chair is fine.
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  • Give yourself 3 days of heavy bleeding after that it's just a non issue of your period.
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  • My PP bleeding really wasn't bad.  The only time it ever got heavier than a period was when I was doing too much physically (e.g. shopping at Costco 4 days PP).  If you are concerned, I would just sit on an old towel or something.  
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  • The first couple days of postpartum bleeding are pretty horrific. After that, it's like a regular period that lasts for a long time. I think you'll be okay to use your glider. 
  • I'm a FTM, so I bought the puppy pee pads for our white sofa and chairs. 

    Interesting story about PP bleeding - my sister was just home after having a c-section with her first child and we were sitting on her sofa, when all of a sudden we noticed a ton of blood on one of the cushions.  She hobbled to the bathroom, changed her pad, etc.  While we were inspecting the sofa cushion (and trying to get the slipcover off for the wash), all of a sudden blood started coming out of nowhere.  Her c-section incision had opened!  It was crazy!  That was her only complication, but she was not happy about it... or her stained sofa.

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    The first couple days of postpartum bleeding are pretty horrific. After that, it's like a regular period that lasts for a long time. I think you'll be okay to use your glider. 

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    I'm a FTM, so I bought the puppy pee pads for our white sofa and chairs. 

    Interesting story about PP bleeding - my sister was just home after having a c-section with her first child and we were sitting on her sofa, when all of a sudden we noticed a ton of blood on one of the cushions.  She hobbled to the bathroom, changed her pad, etc.  While we were inspecting the sofa cushion (and trying to get the slipcover off for the wash), all of a sudden blood started coming out of nowhere.  Her c-section incision had opened!  It was crazy!  That was her only complication, but she was not happy about it... or her stained sofa.

    Oh man that is insane!!! I would be soooo ticked!!!

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  • If you'd sit on it during your period you'll be fine, it's not like Niagara falls of blood down there. 
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  • Thanks everyone!

    I have to admit...it's been so nice forgetting what it's like to have a period for the last 9 months Big Smile


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  • My PP bleeding was pretty heavy especially after my first, I stood up and a huge gush to say the least. I plan on buying some puppy pee pads to put underneath me while I sleep and sit on the sofa just to be safe for the first few days.
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