With 2 weeks to go until I have baby two I have been spending this week getting the hospital bag ready. I’ve moved on from being grumpy to being excited for the baby but also feeling rather over it all; feeling big, back ache and pelvic pain. Not long to go though!
I am planning to give birth in a midwife led birthing centre, which should mean minimal intervention and pain relief. Depending on what time I give birth, and how the baby and I are doing, we may stay overnight or we may be allowed home. I think the minimum you have to stay is 6 hours, and I know those hours go by in a blur. So, I’ll keep an open mind and prepare for a night in hospital.
I’ve done this whole labour thing before, so I remember what useful, and what was not. If you are thinking about what to pack then here’s my guide to what I’ve packed.
The Operation:Mama Hospital Bag Checklist
A DARK NIGHTIE TO LABOUR IN
I did this last time and it was great to not have to wear a hospital gown. I headed to Primark and have got a black cotton strappy nightie which looks quite pretty, will be comfy and also has plenty of room for skin to skin contact immediately after birth.
DRESSING GOWN AND SLIPPERS
It can be cold in the hospital (or warm) so best prepare for both. Add some warm socks to your bag too.
Oh you will be glad of these when you shower afterwards.
That air con can play havoc with your lips and make them really dry.
HAIR BANDS AND HEAD SCARF
Make sure you can get your hair up and off your face.
WATER SPRAY AND FAN
You can get super hot in labour, so a nice cool water spray and hand held fan can really cool you down.
CHEAP BLACK KNICKERS
Again Primark to the rescue here. Get yourself a few packs of big black knickers that you can put straight in the bin. Worth also having some disposable ones rather than having to wear the hospital ones, Boots have some decent ones.
Don’t forget your wash bag with some nice unperfumed shower gel, deodorant, hand cream, shampoo and conditioner, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste. Stick some antibacterial hand gel in too.
A DARK TOWEL
A cheap dark towel comes in handy so you can use your own things, get one you can throw away afterwards if needed.
If you’re planning a water birth like I’m hoping too then you’ll be in and out of the pool. You may not want to wear anything but a cheap bikini is worth packing.
MATERNITY AND BREAST PADS
Take plenty as you’ll need it.
SPORTS DRINK BOTTLES
One for drinking that you can drink from without lifting your head. The other to fill with warm water to help you lessen the sting when you pee!
Make sure your playlist is ready and your phone is charged. You might even take a magazine if you feel you can read it in between contractions.
I forgot these the first time and the husband had to go back and get them! Safely stored in the bag now.
GOING HOME CLOTHES
Don’t pack anything tight or ‘pre-pregnancy’. Go for comfort. Include a nursing bra.
Of course you need these! A few sleepsuits and vests, hat and cardigan, nappies, cotton wool, muslins, socks and their blanket. Don’t forget the car seat. We have it in the car already.
Worth having a change of clothes, a fully charged phone and any change for car park. Worth them also having your favourite snacks to hand. Make sure they know your birth plan and what your intentions are.
Have I missed anything? I think I’m all ready.
Good luck mama x