Thursday, October 11, 2012

Labor and birth - what to pack in hospital bag for birth of baby

Labor and birth: Going into labor is exciting, but you may also feel apprehensive, so it helps to be prepared well in advance. Knowing all about the stages of labor and what to expect can help you to feel more in control when the time comes.
Getting ready for giving birth
Whether you are having your baby at home, in hospital or at a midwifery unit, you should get a few things ready at least two weeks before your due date.
Birth bag for hospital checklist  
If you plan to give birth in hospital or a midwifery unit, your midwife will probably give you a list of what you will need to pack. You may want to include the following:
Something loose and comfortable to wear during labor. It should not restrict you from moving around or make you too hot. You may need about three changes of clothes.
Two or three comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras if you are planning to breastfeed. Remember, your breasts will be much larger than usual.
About 24 super-absorbent sanitary towels.
Your wash bag with toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, etc.
Things that can help you pass the time and relax, e.g. books, magazines, MP3 player.
A sponge or a water spray to cool you down.
Front-opening nightdresses if you are going to breastfeed.
Dressing gown and slippers.
Five or six pairs of pants.
A loose, comfortable outfit to wear after you have given birth and to come home in.
Clothes (including a hat) and nappies for the baby.
A shawl or blanket to wrap the baby in.

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