What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag
Stepping into week 34 of your pregnancy is the ideal time to pack your bag with everything that you may require at the hospital. Here are some of the essentials that you may need to keep ready once your baby is about to arrive.
Phone and charger
Bring a phone so you can inform loved ones once your baby has arrived. Your phone can also be useful to time contractions or to pass the time during those anxious moments of waiting. Don't forget your charger too since you'll be staying overnight at the hospital.
Keep your health insurance card, identification cards for you and your partner, hospital admission form, outpatient appointment booklet and other related documents for swift paperwork. You can also bring your marriage certificate if you want to register your baby's birth at the hospital.
Homecoming outfits for you and the baby
Keep a comfortable post delivery outfit for you, preferable something of the same size as you were five months pregnant. For your shoes, you might want to bring flip flops or comfortable slip ons. For the baby, keep a soft outfit ready, preferably with footed pants to avoid the hassle of socks and some nappies. While some hospitals do provide a blanket, you can carry yours too if you want your baby to be wrapped in a particular colour or design.
Pick a nursing bra towards the end of your pregnancy (as most women retain the same size) and keep it in your hospital bag. The doctors will insist you start wearing the bra once the delivery is done.
Extra undergarments and extra-absorbent sanitary pads
Though the hospital will usually provide maternity undergarments if you give birth naturally, you'll want to bring a good quantity of extra underwear just in case. Disposable underwear would be most convenient for you.
Your special day needs to be captured and stashed in your memory forever. Keep your camera charged and also carry the charger in your bag.
Toiletries and cosmetics
How long you stay at the hospital depends on your method of birth, but to keep yourself comfortable and fresh, pack your personal comforters like a tooth brush, hairbrush, deodorant, lotion, rubber band, shampoo and anything that makes you feel at ease.
Some other items to consider:
- Extra loose clothing for you if you don't want to wear the maternity gown provided
- Warm socks and a sweater if you get cold
- Plastic bag for soiled clothes
- Birth plan (if you have one)
- Magazines or books to spend those anxious moments
- Snacks and drinks
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