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I remember having nightmares as a kid that my Mom would wake me up on the day we needed to leave for church camp and I wouldn't have time to pack everything I might need.
We needed an entire uhal + conversion van in order to move everything I had packed for my college dorm room. I'm excessive, I know. But it makes me feel prepared and less anxious.
So obviously, I'm no different when it comes to packing my hospital bag for labor + delivery.
I went ahead and packed my hospital bag (I'm currently 34 weeks) because I was just recently put on modified bed rest due to some early labor progress and I just felt better knowing that it was taken care of. Most Moms don't usually pack their bag until they're 37-38 weeks.
I started researching 'what to pack for the hospital' at like 12 weeks pregnant (am I type-A or what?), I've also contacted several Moms (first time Moms, second time Moms and Moms who had just given birth) to find out what they brought with them to the hospital, what they actually used and what the hospital provided.
Since obviously every hospital and every Mom is different, I've tailored my bag to suit my own needs + comforts. This is the exhaustive list of everything that is currently packed (with some commentary) + what I will throw in the bag right before we walk out the door.
Note: This is not a "hospital bag necessities" blog post, this is obviously more than just the basics. You don't need everything listed here, I just thought it might be helpful for other Moms to see what I plan to bring to the hospital!
I plan to do an updated hospital bag blog post after we've delivered, that covers what I actually used, what I wasn't told my hospital provided, and what I wish I had brought with me!
- shampoo/conditioner (I packed travel sized ones for both me and hubby to use to take up less space)
- body wash for her (travel size)
- body wash for him (travel size)
- deodorant for her (travel size)
- deodorant for him (travel size)
- blow dryer (I packed a small portable one to take up less space)
- hair brush (small)
- burts bees chapstick (apparently this is more essential than I realized, our Lamaze instructor mentioned bringing chapstick several times, because Moms can get dried out with all the breathing through contractions)
- hairspray for her (travel size)
- hairspray for him (travel size)
- hair ties/headband/bobby pins
- dry shampoo
- make up remover wipes
- face wash
- face toner mist
- face lotion
- burts bees cleansing towelettes
- roller ball perfume
- toothbrush/toothpaste for her (travel size)
- toothbrush/toothpaste for him (travel size)
Toiletries to pack:
- hair product for him
- razor + shave cream for him
- razor for her
All of these items will need to be packed right before:
- other daily prescriptions
- essential oils (I plan to bring all my everyday oils)
Tech Stuff to pack:
- phone/charger for her
- phone/charger for him
All of these items will need to be packed right before: (it may seem excessive, but these are the items needed for my '5 minute face' look -- apparently I'm a little high maintenance)
- concealer/sponge blender
- setting spray
- 1 regular nursing bra
- leggings (I've had some Moms tell me that they loved their leggings and others have told me that with all the bulkiness going on 'down there', leggings make you look ridiculous)
- cotton briefs (I purchased a package that I plan to throw away after use)
- 2 pairs of socks
- 2 black comfy nightgowns (I anticipate that I will want to wear the hospital gown most of the time, but I thought these may be nice to have just in case)
- flip flops
- going home outfit (maxi skirt, black nursing t-shirt)
All of these items will need to be packed right before:
- 3 pairs of underwear
- 3 t-shirts
- flip flops
- small portable plug-in fan
- Everybody Loves Raymond (just in case I would like to have some comedic relief/distractions)
- washcloths (to wet my mouth if needed - it was suggested to us by our Lamaze instructor to bring rags from home because we'll be breathing through them and the hospital ones smell like bleach)
- massage lotion (our Lamaze instructor reminded us that a light, fresh scent is probably best since many women have a heightened sense of smell during labor)
- focal point (a picture of my husband and I - not sure if I'll end up using this or not)
- sleep mask (I read somewhere that it might be difficult to sleep after delivery if you deliver during the day, we'll see if I actually end up using this)
Comforts to pack:
- pillows (our Lamaze instructor reminded us that the hospital pillows have white covers, so if we don't want our pillows to accidentally get thrown in with theirs, we should have some kind of color/design on the covers)
- my brest friend or boppy
- new mama bottom spray
- nipple cream (boobease, earth mama angel baby)
- nursing pads (lasinoh disposable, lasinoh gel pads, bamboobies cotton pads)
Post-partum/Nursing to pack:
- coconut oil (I plan to use this for whatever; nipple cream, face lotion, soothe my eczema, baby's needs)
All these items will need to be packed right before:
- protein bars
- protein powder/mixer bottle for dad
- hospital documents/folder (we pre-registered at our hospital, but it can't hurt to bring the docs)
- baby memory book
Paper items to pack:
- burp cloths
- woombie (I'm bringing several different swaddlers for my hubby and I to practice)
- 2 different kinds of pacifiers (our hospital is very pro-breastfeeding and doesn't recommend/provide pacifiers during the hospital stay - I have several friends who breastfeed successfully and gave their babies pacifiers early on, so we're bringing our own just in case)
- Ava Baby wash, lotion, diaper cream (this is an all-natural, non-toxic brand that was given to me at a shower, I love the way that it smells and I love that it's super baby-safe)
- presentation outfit (this was suggested to me by another Mom as a cute outfit to put baby in when you know you will have visitors)
- take home outfit
- photo shoot outfit
- baby socks (2 pairs)
- headbands (I'm bringing quite a few options in case some are too big/too small)
- 2 hats (I'm not sure which size will best fit her, so I want to have options)
- dreft stain remover pen (her photo shoot outfit is a white dress - this may be a lost cause)
Baby items to pack:
- car seat
+ Big tote bag to bring home everything the hospital provides/gifts.
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1. Don't assume you'll just be nauseous in the morning. My nausea lasted me all day err' day for 6 weeks. Literally ALL DAY. ALL NIGHT. 24/7. This particular symptom could've been because my doctor had me on progesterone supplements. I was told that they can intensify pregnancy symptoms.
2. There should be a word more severe than 'nausea' because when I think of experiencing nausea I think 'oh, my tummy hurts I'm just gonna drink a sprite and be on my merry way!' No. NO. The nausea during pregnancy is a 'can't-eat-can't-drink', 'everything-I-smell-see-or-envision-makes-me-sick', 'even-sitting-up-in-bed-or-reaching-for-the-saltines-sends-me-running-to-the-bathroom' kind of nausea.
3. For the first few appointments, you'll be lucky to get out of there in less than 2 hours. My husband and I were shocked at how long we were having to wait, and our office doesn't have internet access! Just be prepared with water, a snack and a book.
4. Oh the constipation. I literally didn't poop for daayyyys during my first trimester and when I did....tears were shed. Drink prune juice, take Colace consistently and drink lots of water.
5. Take everyone's experiences with a grain of salt. Even mine! You will experience pregnancy in your own way. For instance, everything I read said that first-time Moms can't typically feel movement until 20 weeks or later, it made me question whether I was feeling movement or not. But I most definitely felt movement as early as 16 weeks.
6. Just because you're in your second trimester does not mean you're done with the nausea + getting sick. I was so excited to be done with the terrible nausea of the first trimester and was blindsided by the worst nausea at 17 weeks.
7. Buy those maternity pants whenever you feel like it. You know your body best, don't let anyone make you feel guilty for wearing comfy maternity pants at 12 weeks. Every woman carries differently. So maybe Suzie-Shmo didn't need maternity jeans until she was 6 months but this Momma needed them at like 12 weeks! You're creating life, do what you want.
8. The glucose drink really isn't that bad. I really psyched myself out about it, and honestly it wasn't that bad at all. And apparently I had the worst flavor, red. Don't stress about it.
9. You tend to leak...both north and south. I'm just gonna leave it there.
10. Water is like magic. I know everyone says when you're pregnant, you need to drink more water...but seriously, drink more water. If your ankles are swelling up - drink water. If you're constipated - drink water. If you have heartburn or acid reflux - drink water. If you have a headache - drink water. If your skin is dry and patchy - drink water. If you're having ligament cramps - drink water. If your legs are hurting and sore - drink water. 'Nuff said.
11. Watch out for anxiety + depression. Personally, I felt pretty depressed during my whole first trimester. I was just so sick and I couldn't go anywhere or see anyone, it was cold out and it was just the perfect breeding ground for my depression. I didn't start feeling anxious until late into my 2nd trimester, I would count kicks and google symptoms, I was so worried that something was wrong. My husband and I have really been praying against the anxiety and I can feel the Lord delivering me from it.
Ladies, don't be ashamed if you experience these emotions. Talk to your hubby. Talk to a girlfriend. It's totally normal, but that doesn't mean that you should deal with it all alone. My Mom's enthusiasm about our pregnancy, was a tremendous uplift to my spirit and encouraged me a lot. Don't hide these feelings from your support system. You'll want to be as physically healthy and emotionally healthy as you can to take on the new challenges of Mommyhood!
Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear some of your unexpected pregnancy symptoms/experiences!