Posted by: Maisie
May 2, 2011 |
Pack your bag for the hospital at least one month before your due date. You never know when your little one will decide to come into the world! Here’s a checklist of everything you will need during labor, delivery and postpartum.
Your birth plan.
Insurance card and any hospital paperwork.
Government issued ID.
Eyeglasses if needed. If you wear contacts, you’ll probably want to switch to your glasses sometime. during your stay at the hospital.
Headband, hair ties or barrettes.
Bathrobe, nightgown, slippers and socks. The hospital will provide you with a nightgown, however most hospitals will allow you to wear your own. Just be sure that the nightgown is sleeveless for the blood pressure cuff and that your doctor can easily check your cervix. Your nightgown should also be easily removed when you have an IV in and if you are planning on receiving an epidural.
Reading material, portable DVD player or MP3 player. These can be helpful distractions, or if you are being induced can help pass the time.
Pillow with a colorful pillowcase so that it is not confused with the hospital’s pillows. I brought my body pillow to the hospital which was helpful when I was laboring on my side rather than on my back.
Tennis balls or back massager in case you experience back pain during labor.
Snacks for after delivery.
Nursing bra, breast pads, maternity underwear and sanitary pads. The hospital will provide you with sanitary pads and a net like underwear, but I found it more comfortable to wear my own underwear with ultra thin sanitary pads I brought from home.
Clean nightgown and robe.
Toiletries including shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, facial cleanser and any cosmetics
List of family and friends numbers, cell phone and cell phone charger. Some hospitals do not allow the use of cell phones on the labor floor, so check with your hospital first.
A going home outfit. After delivery you will be about the size you were when you were 5-6 months pregnant, so bring a maternity outfit that fit you during that time.