After a long nine-month journey, here comes an ultimate preparation, preparation for going to the hospital. The best time to start packing your hospital bag for delivery is around 34 weeks as you can expect the labour at any time from the 37th week. However, if the doctor suspects an early delivery due to various reasons, then you can pack the things much earlier. Pack your bag in advance so that you do not miss anything.
What To Carry For Pregnant Mom:
If you have a vaginal delivery, then you might need to stay for around three days in the hospital. However, if you undergo a C-section, then you have to stay for a few more days.
Here are the things you must carry in your delivery bag:
- Documents: Neatly file your ID proof, insurance card, birth plans and hospital forms, and keep them handy.
- Dresses: Pack loose, comfortable maternity clothes to wear in the hospital. While going to the hospital, wear an old, loose-fitting dress. Do not buy new ones for this because the dress would get stained with blood and fluids during labour. Also, get dresses with front buttons to unbutton them easily for breastfeeding the baby after delivery.
- Footwear: Pack slip-on as they are comfortable to wear during the hospital stay. Take a pair of socks too, to keep your feet warm.
- Lip balm: During labour, the warm condition inside the labour room can make your lips dry out. Post delivery, you may use the lip balm to moisten your lips.
- Massage oil: It is good to carry a massage lotion or oil, which your partner may use to massage your back and legs during contraction pains.
- Snacks and drinks: Keep sugar-free candies or lozenges handy. This will help prevent your mouth from drying out. Isotonic drinks, too, can keep you going during the labour.
- Birth ball: It is a great birth tool to support labour. Carry one with you along with the pump so that your partner can inflate it.
- Pillows: Extra pillows make you feel comfortable while relaxing between contractions. Carry a breastfeeding pillow as well.
- Undergarments and sanitary pads: Pack extra pairs of undergarments and packs of sanitary pads, as you would need them in plenty during your stay in the hospital.
- Nursing aids: Carry nursing bras and pads that make breastfeeding comfortable for you. The nursing bras have an opening in the front of each breast, while the pads prevent the breastmilk from leaking.
- Accessories: These are items such as hair clips, hair bands, bath towel, and moisturizers that you need every day. Add eye masks and earplugs to the list as they help you sleep while waiting for your delivery.
- Toiletries: Keep a toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap in your bag. Place all these items in a box that is easily accessible.
- Glasses and lenses: If you have glasses or lenses, then do leave a spare pair in the bag, as you might miss those at the last minute.
- Gadgets: Keep your mobile and charger in the bag. You can also take your tablet and portable MP3 player.
- Books: If you like reading books, keep an interesting one in the bag. Reading the book can help you divert yourself from the pain.
The one person who will surely accompany you to the hospital is your partner. Therefore, he, too, needs to keep his bags ready.
What Your Partner Needs To Pack:
Your partner also needs to carry the essentials items that he will require during his stay in the hospital. Here is the list of things that he may need:
- Clothes: He may pack some casual wears, in which he is comfortable to stay in the hospital.
- Footwear: As he will be making many rounds in the hospital, it is good to pack footwear that can be easily worn and removed.
- Gadgets: The mobile phone and charger are a must-have as he will need to contact several people. Also, a camera recorder will be useful if you are interested in shooting the delivery in the birthing room, or take your newborns pictures.
- Accessories: He would need his shaving kit, sprays, et al. Also, ask him to pack a hand-held fan or water spray to keep you cool and refreshed while in labour.
- Snacks and drinks: He wouldn’t get much time to take a break to eat something. Let him pack some snacks and drinks to keep himself from hunger and dehydration.
So, you have packed your bag and your partner has done his.