I am now 39 weeks pregnant and over the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying to get my hospital bags together. I’m pretty sure in my first pregnancy that I had my bags packed by 32 weeks but since this is my second and Lyra didn’t come until 41 weeks I’m a lot more laid back this time. I am a pretty light packer as you’ll probably be able to tell from this list and we live about 10 minutes maximum from the hospital so I know that what I’m taking is quite minimal compared to others.
So, here’s a quick run down of what I’m taking with me in my bag:
This is self explanatory really and I’ve had to stick a big note on the fridge to remind me to pack them at the last moment.
I managed to pick up a maternity/nursing nightdress from Marks and Spencer’s in the sale for a bargain price of £4! I’m pretty sure I’m going to wear this to give birth in as it’s stretchy, comfy and easy to gain access for skin to skin and breastfeeding.
I haven’t packed too many of these as I’m really hoping that I’m not in for too long. Aside from the usual toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and shower gel, I also had to include some face wipes to freshen up with and lip balm. My lips got so dry during my labour that I’m pretty sure lip balm was the first thing I packed! I’ll also throw in some minimal make up at the last minute. I’m not planning to put a full face of make up on during labour but it would be nice to have something afterwards and for those first photos. Other post labour essentials I’ve packed are maternity towels and a few breast pads.
I’ve thrown in some cheap pyjama shorts in a bigger than usual size as well as a nursing top and nursing sleep bra. I’ve also packed some flip flops which I didn’t last time but I wish I had for that first post labour shower. Oh, and lots of knickers in a bigger size. I’ve packed a mixture of my usual bikini shape and full, right up to your belly button, briefs so I’ve got a choice depending on how uncomfortable I feel.
Going home outfit
For this I’ve bought a cheap top from Primark in a size bigger than usual with a vest to go underneath and a nursing bra. For the bottom half I’ve packed a pair of leggings because I know I won’t be able to manage anything else straight after labour.
Last time I gave birth I managed to eat half a bag of crisps and even those I threw up but I wanted to make sure I had some snacks in case this labour was different. Plus I enjoyed rooting through the bag of food I had packed afterwards when I was sat on the ward. So this time I’ve chosen some Nature Valley bars, jaffa cakes, cheese crackers and some hard boiled sweets. A big selection I know and pretty much only chosen because I fancied them.
And I think that might be all that I have packed. I’ve put it all in a video below (my first sit down video, eek) so anything I’ve forgotten in the list should be in there. I have watched so many of these videos to help me decide what to pack and so I hope that mine might help someone else.