The ultimate hospital bag checklist

Let’s be honest ladies. You don’t want your husband to bring your essential to the hospital while you are in labour. Because, let’s face it, only half of what you need would get to you.

I always encourage my clients to pack a “ready bag” at least a month before the due date.

Real life is not an episode out of Keeping up with the Kardashians. There may not be time to take a shower, put on make up and carefully pack a bag after your water breaks.

Some women have time, yes, but others, like my dear friend have maximum 45 minutes to get to the hospital and deliver twins! My advise: Be prepared!

Here is the complete checklist of what you may need during your stay at the hospital.

During Labour:

List your goals for this labour. A birth plan which you can show your doctor, because pain can spin off new ideas and reactions.

Also write down motivational reminders for yourself to help you through labour and even comfort messages in case things do not go as planned. Life can throw you a curve ball and you want to be prepared to catch it with ease.

PSmake sure to let the hospital know in advance if you are allergic to things like feather pillows and flowers. And bring your own comfy pillow if preferred.

Breastfeeding can be very tiring because a new born has to feed every 2-3 hours, although I personally fed my first born every 4 hours. Choose up a gentle reminder tone on your phone, which you can set up as a breastfeeding alarm. It is important to feed your baby on time as directed by your doctor and nurse.
Choose A gentle, fairytale like sound as “wind chimes”, rather than a loud shocking alarm.

For home use:

My last tip of the day. If you are opting for a VB buy some surgical gloves, fill them with water and keep them in your freezer. There is no better way to calm inflammation in the vaginal canal then this icy helping hand. I will leave the rest up to your imagination.

Wow! What a list. This sure seems like a lot. But, the more homey and wholesome you create your space, the more relaxed you and baby will be. So pack your bag, stay calm and give birth!

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