The first thing youll need is a bag. I recommend taking a cabin size suit case as it is easy to wheel along and I think you can pack a lot more efficiently when using one of these instead of using a holdall where you have to pull everything out to get what you want.
One of the most important things you’ll need other than yourself is your hospital notes and birth plan. These will be given to the midwife when you go to hospital and will help her find all your information quicker.
You’ll also want something loose and comfortable to wear during labour. This should be something that doesn’t restrict your movements and it should also be something that isn’t too warm (that’s the last thing you’ll want). I recommend a button down night shirt as you’ll be able to put it on or take it off easily and also it can unbutton down far enough for when you have your first experience of skin to skin contact with your new born bundle of joy.
Bras will be needed too. Around 2 or 3 should suffice and you might want to look at nursing bras rather than plain bras as it’ll make it easier for you to breast feed your baby (if you are planning to do so).
To tie in with the bras, you will also want to pack some breast pads. These will help with any leaks to stop you from leaking onto your bra or top that you are wearing. There are lots on the market to choose from that range from reusable (perfect for the environment) or disposable ones too.
You’ll also be needing some super absorbent sanitary towels or maternity pads. These are to
mop up any leaks and after birth bleeding.
PANTS! And lots of them. It’ll depend on how long your staying in the hospital or birthing centre for but I recommend packing more than less as its better to have more to hand if needed then be stuck for some. 5 or 6 pairs should be ok.
You might want to take a wash bag containing things such as your tooth brush, a small tube of tooth paste, hairbrush, flannel, soap, lip balm, hair bobbles, dry shampoo etc.
A dark towel might also come in handy. If you end up staying for a couple of days then you might want a shower so a bath towel or bath sheet will come in handy. I also recommend it to be a darker colour unless you have some old towels that you can easily get rid of.
somethings to help you relax. Things such as magazines, or if you have a tablet and access to Netflix then you can download some of your favourite films or a series to watch.
A fan. Even in winter its going to get hot when you’re in labour so a nice hand held fan will help you keep cool.
You might want to consider taking a dressing gown and slippers. If you are advised to go for a walk then you can use the dressing gown to cover up what’s left of you modesty and they slippers will prevent you walking on a dirty floor.
2 or 3 changes of clothes. These should also be comfortable as you don’t know how long your going to be in hospital for and also you might not want tight clothes to be restricting you moving around easily.
An outfit to go home in. again something comfortable. Some people prefer this to be more secure like leggings and a t shirt to help them feel ‘held in’ and some people prefer loose and baggy. It just depends on your own preference.
Snacks and drinks. Youll be needing to keep your energy levels up during labour so snacks that release energy quickly are ideal. The same with drinks. Its important to stay hydrated
during your stay, as dehydration can make you feel very tired and nauseous.
You might also want to take any extra pillows to help you stay comfortable. A lot of people prefer taking a pillow from home as it smells familiar to them and its moulded to their shape.
Youll also need to include any medicines you are taking.
A portable charger with multiple ports may also come in handy and means your birthing partner can also use it at the same time. Just don’t forget to charge it up before hand and also don’t forget the wires to charge your phone.