One of the most important things you need to do as an expectant mother is having your maternity hospital bag ready a few weeks before your due date. Ideally, when you’re about 34 -37 weeks into your pregnancy, you should start packing all the essentials you might need when you go into labour. Packing your maternity hospital bag a few weeks before your due date is important because you might just go into labour early.
Here’s an extensive list of everything you may want or need with you in the hospital:
It’s important to bring some form of identification with you when you go into labour to make the your admission into the maternity ward easier and quicker. Additionally, health insurance and hospital registration forms are also important because even if you had already registered, some hospitals need to confirm before they can admit you.
Carry everything you use on a daily basis for your personal hygiene. From deodorant, body wash, shampoo, facial cleansing wipes, toothpaste, and a toothbrush all these are necessities! Don’t forget the lip balm and moisturizer – hospitals are dry, and pregnancy has already taken a toll on your skin!
Sleepwear, Robe, and Underwear
During and after delivery, you’ll need a change of underwear and sleepwear if you have extensive labour. Pack a cotton nightdress in your maternity hospital bag because it is much comfortable than the hospital gown you’re given. A robe will come in handy for walking the hospital hallways and help you feel more covered.
Several pairs of undies are also a must for any hospital bag checklist (briefs, maternity, or disposable).
Bath towel and flip flops
As it turns out, hospital towels are the exact opposite of luxurious hotel towels. They are thin, scratchy and entirely too small. You may find yourself happy that you brought a towel from home for your first post-delivery shower.
Flip flops are also a must so that you wear them to the bathroom when you have to shower after delivery. They can also be worn on your way home if your feet are swollen.
Be sure to pack maternity pads in your hospital bag, rather than ordinary sanitary towels. Maternity pads are longer, softer, and much more absorbent. They are also less likely to irritate stitches, as they don’t have the plastic coating that many standard sanitary towels do.
The reason you need so many pads is that bleeding from your womb (uterus) will start soon after your baby is born.
A going-home outfit
You will need two outfits for this: one for yourself and the other for the baby. Choose loose-fitting and breathable clothes for yourself such as your favourite maternity dress or loose trousers and a comfortable top.
For your baby, pack two different outfits in different sizes because you don’t know how big or small your baby will be! Aim for one outfit in newborn size and one 0-3 months.