Hospital Bag Essentials: For Mama
The run-up to the big day can be incredibly daunting, especially if you're having your first baby or you haven’t given birth in a while. First-time mums will often find themselves asking 'what on earth do I bring to the hospital?' Finding the perfect balance, between under packing and overpacking can be super stressful. But it's not worth the stress, it's not good for you nor your baby, and there’s no need to worry - we’ve got you covered!
Here are our top 10 essentials for Mamas that you’ll need for your hospital bag.
From the time you start labour until the time you leave the hospital, you want to be as comfortable as possible. Most women's breasts change drastically during pregnancy, and you’ll really appreciate the support during your time at the hospital. If you’re planning on breastfeeding, it's worth bringing along some maternity bras as well.
Maternity Pads or Large Sanitary Pads
You may or may not have heard about the bleeding and leaking that happens after labour. This happens whether you’ve had a vaginal birth or a cesarian section so its best to come prepared.
Labour can be a long intense process, but actual labour aside, you may be in the hospital for a while before or after you start experiencing movement. Hospital floors don’t necessarily have a reputation as being the cleanest or most comfortable surfaces, so we advise bringing your own pair of backless slippers, that are easy to slip on and off. This is also helpful if you like to move around.
You may be spending a lot of your labour with not a massive amounts of clothing on. We recommend bringing a dressing gown for ease and comfort. They’re warm, comfortable and easy to throw on if you get any surprise visitors.
Although labour can be really quick, it can also be very very long, and many mama’s spend a lot of time waiting around for their contractions to start and their little bundle of joy to arrive. During this time, it's important to stay calm and occupied. Bring some form of entertainment that will allow you to destress and relax, whether that be a good book, knitting needles, a tablet, or a Gameboy!
Snacks & Drinks
As mentioned above, labour can take a little while. So bring some of your favourite healthy snacks to tie you over - some women also like to snack and drink during labour, which is actually good in terms of keeping you functioning and increasing your strength and energy levels.
Birthing Ball, Massage Oil & Extra Pillow’s
Without freaking yourself out, it's a good idea to bear in mind that labour can be an increasingly uncomfortable experience, you’ll likely experience a bit of pain and discomfort. Which can come from just from lying down in a hospital bed for a few hours, where the conditions are not always perfect. Have a think about your personal home comforts, and what would increase comfort for you.
Lip Balm & Hair Ties
The combination of being in a hospital and giving birth can have a large impact on your body. No matter which season you happen to be heading to the hospital, we recommend bringing a good lip balm and moisturiser, to prevent feeling chapped and dry. In addition, long hair can be your worst enemy when you're hot and tired, bring some hair ties to remove it as an irritant.
Bringing your birthing plan is massively important, and although you may be relying on your birthing partner to have brought their copy, its a good idea for you both to have a copy. Plus it will put your mind at ease if there are two copies available at all times.
These essentials are our top recommendations for Mamas. However needs can be completely different depending on your birthing plan, so its important to customize and mix and match this list to what is best for you.
Along with these, there are bits and bobs your birthing partner should bring, as well as supplies for your new baby - stay tuned for those lists coming soon!