best pstpartum pads 2019

Best Postpartum Pads 2019- Our Comfortable and Absorbent Picks for After Birth

by Jennifer Doss |

Strange things happen to your body after a baby. Thankfully, all of the bleeding and discharge is completely normal and will improve gradually over time.

The hospital likely supplied you with giant pads to use in the hospital, but those aren’t feasible for daily activities once you get home. You want something absorbent, comfortable, and gentle on tender areas.

We’ve compiled a list of the best postpartum pads to help keep you clean and comfortable.

Here is a list of what we think are the best postpartum pads:

Top Postpartum Pads for Moms 2019Why It Is BestMom Rating
Always Radiant Overnight Pads


Thin, absorbent, and with a light, clean scent, these pads are a great postpartum option.♥♥♥♥♥


Poise Overnight Incontinence PadsThese incontinence pads will protect against leaks of multiple kinds and are made for overnight usage.♥♥♥♥
Seventh Generation Maxi Pads, OvernightFree of chlorine and other chemicals, these pads will be gentle on tender skin.♥♥♥♥♥
Dutchess Cloth Menstrual Pads  Washable pads that are always on hand, absorb well, and stay put.♥♥♥♥
Always Maxi Overnight PadsOne of the best heavy flow options out there. These are a perfect choice postpartum.♥♥♥♥♥
Rael Certified Organic Cotton Menstrual Overnight PadsThe best in the organic pad market. These pads are made of non-GMO cotton and won’t irritate skin.♥♥♥♥

Our Choices for the Best Postpartum Pads

1. Always Radiant Pads

When you need a pad that will do its job and smell great doing it, these Always Radiant Pads are up to the task. They may be thin but can hold up to even heavy flows.

The strong adhesive keeps them from moving around and the mesh liner ensures that nothing (stitches!) sticks to the pad. These pads are comfortable to wear and are not bulky, so they won’t show. There is also a handy sizing guide for ensuring the right size and absorbency. They can absorb up to 10x their weight and have wings to make sure you are protected on all sides.

Reasons They Are Great

  • Strong Adhesive
  • Absorbs 10x Their Weight
  • Scented
  • Range of Sizes


  • Many Sizes to Choose From Can Make Choosing Difficult

Bottom Line

These pads will hold up to heavy flows and are thin enough to not be noticeable. You may even forget you are wearing them. The soft mesh lining does not stick to you or your stitches or cause additional discomfort. These are a great choice for postpartum bleeding.


2. Poise Incontinence Overnight Pads

It may seem strange to recommend incontinence pads, however, they are extremely absorbent and are great especially for overnight usage. You may not sleep much as a mom, but when you do, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether your pad will hold up. Poise Incontinence Overnight Pads have a core that locks away wetness and odor quickly and completely.

The back of these pads is a little wider as well to offer better protection while you sleep or anytime. Many new moms also have problems with incontinence, so these are a two-for-one deal that is sure to keep you dry and clean. These pads will help you relax and have one less thing to worry about.

Reasons They Are Great

  • Wider at the Back
  • Work for Both Blood and Incontinence Issues
  • Soft Cover
  • Reliable


  • A Bit Bulky

Bottom Line

Even though these are primarily for incontinence, they function well for protection after giving birth as well. You can rest assured that you will stay dry when you use these pads. Plus, that makes them a dual purpose for those little bladder leaks you may also experience. So no matter what you need, these pads have you covered.


3. Seventh Generation Maxi Pads

If you are concerned with dyes, scents, and other chemicals in your hygiene products, these pads will set your mind at ease. The Seventh Generation Maxi Pads are free of chlorine and other chemicals. Because they have no additional irritants they will not further irritate sensitive areas and will protect well.

You can feel safe using these pads and knowing that you are not adding anything unnecessary to your regimen. They are still absorbent and soft and will feel gentle on your skin.

Reasons They Are Great

  • Chlorine Free
  • Good Absorbancy
  • Unscented


  • Newer Version Not as Soft
  • May Fall Apart

Bottom Line

These pads will absorb whatever you can throw at them and are made without the use of chlorine so are safer for your body. If you are looking for a more natural product, this is the one you want. You can feel good about putting these against your skin after having a baby.


4. Dutchess Cloth Menstrual Pads

Another option for those who are eco-conscious are these cloth menstrual pads. They hold a large amount of liquid and the liner ensures no leakage. Dutchess Cloth Menstrual Pads are reusable and will last a good, long time.

With five pads in the set, it is easy to wash them and keep some on hand. They are a bit pricey at first, but will more than make up for their cost within a few months of usage.  They are lined with double charcoal bamboo layers and dark lining keeps them looking like new.

Reasons They Are Great

  • Reusable
  • Natural Materials
  • Durable
  • High Absorbency


  • Must Be Laundered
  • Pricey

Bottom Line

If you are looking for an environmentally friendly option to use postpartum and even beyond, these pads are the right choice for you. They can be washed over and over, maintain their absorbency, and will always be on hand. You will not be contributing to landfills with these reusable pads and will always have them ready for when you need them.


5. Always Overnight Maxi Pads

Another great Always brand product belongs on this list. Always Overnight Maxi Pads are larger than most at 15 inches and are wider toward the back to offer better protection.

The soft cover feels nice against your skin and these pads absorb the most of any on this list. The wings further provide protection against side leakage and keep the pad firmly in place. They are especially good when your flow is the heaviest the first couple of weeks after delivery.

Reasons They Are Great

  • Best Absorbency
  • Wings
  • Wider at the Back
  • Very Long Pad


  • Very Large and Bulky

 Bottom Line

Although these pads are very long and even bulky, they are sure to protect against any leakage. With the wider back, wings, and pad length you will feel thoroughly protected when you wear one. These are a must-have right out of the hospital, especially at night.


6. Rael Organic Cotton Pads

These pads are the cream of the crop. Rael Organic Cotton Pads are made from organic non-GMO Texas cotton, are super absorbent, and provide maximum airflow to keep from feeling that damp, uncomfortable feeling you often get when wearing pads for an extended time.

They are biodegradable so they won’t hurt the environment and feature leak blocker side panels. These are another great organic pad you can feel good using. If you are prone to rashes from other pads, that will not be an issue here. The all-natural ingredients are non-irritating and comfortable against your skin.

Reasons They Are Great

  • Organic
  • Non-GMO Texas Cotton
  • All-Natural
  • Great Absorbency


  • Expensive

Bottom Line

If you can afford these, the Rael pads are a great choice that is good for you and the environment. The cotton is comfortable against your skin and is unlikely to cause an irritation or rashes. You will greatly appreciate these pads if they are in your budget.

What to Look For in a Postpartum Pad

Many women are shocked after giving birth to realize they will be bleeding for quite a while and often very heavily, especially for the first week or two postpartum. If you have never delivered a baby before, you may not realize how extremely tender that area can be and may wonder how best to control your blood flow. Tampons are not an option, so pads will be your go-to. Here are some very important features to look for.


You will likely not want anything against you in that area for quite some time. Therefore, you want to find a pad that is comfortable and soft against your skin. A pad that slides around, irritates your skin, or is rough will not do. So make sure you choose one that you can pretty much forget about while you wear it.


When your flow is very heavy you need to be sure you have a pad that can handle it. You don’t want to feel constantly damp and be waiting for the pad to absorb. Choose one that absorbs quickly and can hold a lot of liquid. Possibly even an incontinence pad.


Whether you want scented or unscented, cloth or disposable, natural or not, there is a pad for you out there. This list has a variety of types to help you choose one that fits your needs. If you experience any type of skin irritation on a regular basis, you will want to stay away from fragrances and chemicals in your pad.

Wrap Up

Most women will bleed for four to six weeks or possibly longer after birth. This is not concerning. However, you need to pay attention to your flow as well as smell. If something feels, looks, or smells off, call your doctor.

Over the weeks your flow should generally decrease with the heaviest flow happening in the first week or two. You may want to bring a package of pads to the hospital to use when you are discharged home. Pads will need to be changed frequently, possibly every hour or two, so stock up. You don’t want to be stuck at home with your new baby and run out of pads.

Postpartum bleeding, as they no doubt told you at the hospital, is normal and is not generally a concern. However, you likely want to ensure that you don’t bleed all over, so having a variety of pad types and absorbencies is a good plan.

Eventually, the bleeding will stop and in the meantime, you can hold your sweet new addition and remember why you endure these inconveniences.

Jennifer Doss
Writer and editor of everything from kid’s fiction to nonfiction articles. One-quarter Disney buff, two-thirds momma bear, three-fourths trophy wife, one-half avid reader/writer, one-eighth movie watcher. Does that add up? Hey, I’m a writer, not a mathematician. Jennifer lives with her husband and two of her four fabulous children in the state of Indiana. Her other children somehow became grown-ups and started their adult lives.

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