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Public Service Announcement Two: Itchy postpartum? Try a new brand of pads.

After giving birth you’re going to feel sore and all sorts of uncomfortable – perhaps even a pulled muscle or two (fun times when it’s your abs), but apparently it’s not normal to feel itchy.

As a first time mom I had no idea what things were normal in the healing process. I spent weeks with an itchy rash down there. I just assumed this was a normal part of the post birth healing process. When I went in for my post-delivery check-up my doctor noticed the rash and then asked “Are you using Always brand pads?” I was completely taken aback – why yes, I was, how did she know that? Apparently many women have an allergic reaction to Always brand and it results in some itching and sometimes a slight rash. It never even occurred to me that this could be irritation due to a skin allergy. I stopped at the store on the way home, bought a different brand (I don’t even remember what brand but yes, I was able to find one with wings still), and 24 hours later I was fine.

Maybe that won’t be the solution for you, but it’s an easy enough thing to try. If it works, you’ll have saved yourself from going in to your OB and then curse for not realizing that you could have saved yourself four plus weeks of discomfort (well at least of itching).

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