After a woman gives birth, she goes through a period of time where she experiences heavy bleeding. A more technical term for this discharge is 'lochia' and it is part of the body's postpartum healing process. For most women, lochia discharge lasts between two to six weeks. As time progresses, the discharge gradually lessens before stopping completely. We're going to look closer at maternity pads and how they can help you manage this time in your life. Medical experts don't advise the usage of inserted items to manage the bleeding, such as menstrual cups or tampons as they tend to increase the risks of infection. Therefore, pads are the best options available. What are Maternity Pads? Maternity pads are often larger, wider and thicker than regular menstrual sanitary pads. These pads also have more layers and therefore, a higher absorbency rate. Additionally, they're also made to be highly breathable and much softer. This is important as should not irritate your sensitive areas, especially since you're still recovering from giving birth. These days, in addition to pads, many brands have also come up with overnight panties which can be used during the postpartum recovery period too. These disposable panties are inlaid with absorbent layers which can prevent leakage, especially when you toss and turn during your sleep. In addition to these pads, mothers also have the option of laying down protective bed liners in order to prevent staining the surfaces they're resting on. Maternity Pads in Malaysia During your postpartum recovery process, it is important to purchase maternity pads rather than regular sanitary napkins. This is because they are designed specially designed to aid your recovery. Additionally, they're much more comfortable and absorbent too. Here are some of the brands available to Malaysian mums: Lunavie Premium Maternity Pads Lunavie pads provide an anti-bacterial surface that prevents the accumulation of microbes that can cause infections and itching. You'll also enjoy its special leak guard with enhanced protection from outflow. Additionally, each pad comes with an ultra-soft cotton top layer rather than a net, to ensure you don't experience any skin irritation. Pureen Madame Maternity Pad Image credit Pureen Malaysia website Pureen has been providing mothers with many quality products for decade. Their Madame brand of Maternity Pad are no different. Made of the softest material, these pads now come with a convenient to use adhesive back. There is no longer any need for loops and strings. Mother-K Miracle Maternity Pads Image credit: Mother-K Website Mother-K has made their pads extra wide, measuring 15 cm wide x 37.5 cm in length. This wide pad is covered with a soft layer, to help you get a comfortable sleep and not worry about leakages. Organyc Maternity Pads Image credit: Organyc Online Organyc pads are made with 100% organic cotton. They're really comfortable and fluffy to accommodate you and also hypoallergenic to minimize any risk of allergies or irritation. If this is your first-time buying maternity pads, you should try several brands first to see which one you're most comfortable with. This will ensure that your postpartum recovery proceeds in the most comfortable way possible. Maternity pads will be one of the important items you'll need to prepare for yourself, in addition to all the items you're preparing for your newborn. For more insightful stories and fun recipes, stay tuned to\u00a0Motherhood Story!