Pregnancy Pep Talk - Packing Your Hospital Bag

Pregnancy Pep Talk - Packing Your Hospital Bag

By: #TakeTime4U

July 23, 2018

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Preparing for your delivery day doesn’t have to be complicated.

Let’s be honest—at the end of your third trimester, you’ve got a lot going on. While packing your bag for the hospital adds yet another thing to your list, taking your own things will keep you as comfortable as possible. Use this handy checklist to make sure both you and your new baby have everything you need.

Your Hospital Bag Packing Checklist

  • Bathrobe
  • Bra/Nursing bra
  • Breast pads
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Comfortable clothing to wear home
  • Glasses if you wear them (and a contacts case and solution if you typically wear contact lenses—you may not want to wear them in the hospital)
  • Hair ties and a hairbrush
  • Headphones
  • Important papers, including your birth plan, health insurance card, hospital paperwork and a list of phone numbers for anyone you want to call after delivery
  • Maternity underwear
  • Nightgown (choose one that makes nursing possible)
  • Nursing pillow
  • Socks or slippers
  • Toiletries such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, lotion and lip balm

For baby, pack:

  • Baby socks and hat
  • Blankets
  • Clothing for any newborn pictures
  • Going-home outfit with layers
  • Newborn-sized diapers

Your labor coach may want to bring items like massage oils and rollers to work out any back pain you experience, a focus object, his own toiletries, a camera and a front-opening shirt to allow skin-to-skin contact with the baby. Also, be sure that your infant’s rear-facing car seat is properly installed in your vehicle’s back seat well before your due date. Babies show up early, and you don’t want to have to scramble to install a car seat so that you can take your newborn home.

Are you newly pregnant or thinking about having children? Visit stvincent.org/services/maternity-services to learn more.

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