I am currently 37 weeks pregnant with my first baby boy. My hospital bag has been halfway packed for a while, and now it is time to close it once and for all!
I plan to deliver my baby to my local birth centre. The midwives there aim to send you home between six to 24 hours after birth. And that is why I tried to pack everything I might need and want during labour without going overboard. It is also worth mentioning that we live about ten minutes away from the hospital – should the baby or me need something, my husband can quickly get it for us.
Skincare and beauty essentials I packed for labour and birth
A quick foreword: speaking of skincare and beauty items, I tend to be quite minimalistic in my everyday life – basically, I will pack what I use daily.
- Face soap
- Face cream
- Face wipes
- Thermal water
- Lip balm
- Hair ties
- Hair band
- Hair clip
- Almond oil
Postpartum and other mum things I packed for labour and birth
- Lavender essential oil (for aromatherapy)
- Breastfeeding bras
- Disposable underwear
- Flip flops for the shower
- Two-pieces loungewear sets
- Loungewear T-shirt
- Bikini top (for water birth)
- Birth affirmations
- Change of clothes for going home
Baby items I packed for labour and birth
Tech items I packed for labour and birth
- Phone chargers
Snacks and drinks I packed for labour and birth
- Mixed nuts
- Jaffa Cakes
Other items I packed for labour and birth
- Tens machine: I rented this for ridiculously cheap and plan to use it for pain management since early labour at home.
- Pillowcases: a friend recommended I bring my own pillows to the hospital. I am not sure about this, as I want to avoid overpacking. In case I decide to do so, I bought some cheap pillowcases to bring along.
- Maternity notes
Finally, we have been collecting and storing colostrum since week 37, as per my midwives directions – we will pack that at the very last minute before leaving for the birth centre.
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