What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag For After You Deliver
You may have thought about what to pack for the delivery, but what do you pack in your hospital bag for after you deliver?
Pajamas. Unless you want to be wearing a scratchy hospital gown with your back hanging open, pack some fresh pj’s.
Cell phone AND charger. You may have remembered the cell phone, but don’t forget the charger too! Once your friends and family find out you’ve gone into labor your phone will be blowing up with people wishing you well, and the last thing you want is for your phone to die. Maybe bring a list of people you really want to contact after the baby is born too. You’ll be exhausted after delivery and you don’t want to forget someone important.
Toiletries. You may not be thinking about little things like deodorant, toothpaste a hairbrush or lip balm, but after delivery, you may want to brush your hair, or tie it up, if you are having visitors so throw a few little bits into your hospital bag for those ‘just in case’ moments. Hospitals will usually provide soap, shampoo or lotion, but you may want to use your own.
Snacks. After labor and delivery you’re likely to be pretty hungry, and depending on your hospital they may or may not have some vegan options. Pack things like granola bars, fresh or dried fruits, crackers, whatever snacks you may think you’ll enjoy.
Comfortable nursing bras. Whether you choose to breastfeed or not, your breasts are going to be tender and swollen when your milk comes in, which can happen at any time during the first few days after delivery. A comfortable bra will provide support and breast pads can be added to avoid any leaks. A must-have for your hospital bag.
Maternity underwear. Have you seen those mesh underwear they provide you with at the hospital? Some women love them, others find you can’t go wrong with your own roomy cotton undies. The hospital will provide you with sanitary pads because, after delivery, you will bleed. Make sure to have a supply of those heavy duty maxi pads waiting at home though.
A notepad and a pen. You can use this to track your baby’s feeds, diaper changes, write down any questions you may have for the nurses, make a note of what the pediatrician tells you, (cause you sure won’t remember when you get home).
A going-home outfit. Often something that is overlooked when packing a hospital bag is what you’re going to wear when you go home. Bring something roomy and comfortable, and a pair of flat shoes, because believe it or not, you’re probably still going to look 5-6 months pregnant even after delivery.
What did you pack in your hospital bag? Is there anything we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below!
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