Having a healthy pregnancy includes taking time out for yourself when you need it, to relax and rest. Being organised early on in your pregnancy can help with your stress levels and ensure you can keep rested as often as needed. Here are some tips on how to get prepared for the hospital so you can be organised early on if you want to.
So you’re pregnant and excited as you should be but when do you pack your bag? As a midwife I have seen it many times when the mother has turned up in a rush and just shoved what ever she could think of in a bag at the last minute. I have also looked after women who packed their bags at week 20 mark- that was me!!
There is no right time to pack your bag however if you want certain things with you when you are in hospital then some forward planning is essential. Luckily for you this isn’t a plane flight with a baggage limit but be mindful bags take up space especially if you are sharing a room. Also think of your poor partner trying to assist you having contractions on the way in as well as carry multiple bags.
Most people tend to pack a large suitcase that has enough stuff for themselves and the baby for 2-3 days. Others have several smaller bags. A bag for the labour/ first 24 hours then another one for a longer stay and another for the baby.
Here are some suggestions:
This is a bag that you can pack as early as you want and can grab in a hurry.
- Lollies such as snakes to get you through
- Coins for a paper to keep your partner occupied
- Ipod/dock and charger
- Maternity pads
- Change of clothes
- Multiple pairs of undies/ disposable knickers
- Lip balm
- Deck of cards
- List of people to contact to tell them the good news
- Heat packs
Plan to stay for 2-3 days longer if you are going to a private hospital and pack all of the above plus:
- Dressing gown
- Thongs/ slippers
- Maternity bra
- Make up
- Pen and paper
- Nipple cream/ gel pads
- Breast pads
- Earplugs/ eye mask
- Some people like soft toilet paper!
Check with the hospital you are booked in with, as some supply baby needs, but you could include:
If you want the big suitcase option include all of the above!!
Just remember this is only a suggestion and there is probably much more you can pack if you want!
Ali Pickles, Midwife.
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