It is that time when you are finally going to meet your new love. All the anticipation is going to end and the dream to hold your baby is about to get fulfilled. The most important to-do in the last trimester is also to pack your hospital bag. Here is a detailed list of what to be and when to pack the hospital bag.
When to pack
When to pack the hospital bag can be decided on the kind of pregnancy. For a woman with high risk or twin pregnancies, it is recommended to pack the bags at 34 weeks. In other cases, packing the bag around 37-38 weeks is recommended. The OB after the final scan will be able to give an idea of when the delivery could happen, so plan accordingly.
On an average, every mom would have to stay in the hospital for 3 days. Some hospitals provide certain things, so take those things off from the bag checklist.
- Reports and Documents: Carry all the scan reports, doctor advice, insurance documents, hospital ID card.
- Nightgown: If you don’t want to wear the hospital gown carry light-weight nightgowns or nursing gowns.
- Toiletries: Some hospitals provide all the necessary toiletries. Do not forget to carry a lip-balm as hospitals could be dry.
- Maternity sanitary pads: There will be profuse bleeding immediately after childbirth and it continues for more than 10 days. Maternity sanitary pads absorbs a large amount of fluid. You can buy the maternity sanitary pads here.
- Disposable pad fixators: These offer a comfortable and hygienic way to hold the pads. They comes in sizes of M,L, and XL. Buy the disposable pad fixators here.
- Nursing Pillow: They provide comfort and support for the mother while feeding
- Other Essentials:
- Nursing bras
- Warm Socks
- Ponytail bands
- Cellphone and charger
- Comfortable going-home clothes
- Light reading (magazines, books)
- Camera or video camera with charger and memory cards
- Daily prescribed medicines
- Cotton earplugs
- Warm Blankets
- Baby Clothes ( Make sure you wash them before use)
- Baby swaddle
- Caps, mittens, and baby socks
- diapers and baby wipes
- Cloth nappies or newborn cloth diapers
- Infant car seat ( if need be)
Note: Some hospitals provide certain essentials. Check with the hospitals and remove such items from the checklist.