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nightdress or maternity dress ( this can be purchased off amazon) this is ideal for giving birth. Maternity dresses are a good catch as many are supplied with ( Open buttons on the front so baby can slide in with you inside for skin to skin!) Again You can either purchase one new and simple or use an old one!
Over-sized T-shirt to wear in labour alternately to night dress/maternity dress It will probably get a bit messy, so don't buy anything too glamorous to wear in hospital.
Toiletries ( including tooth brush , roll on deodorant , shampoo/body wash ,tooth paste, flannel, towel ,extra sized pants for room are very essential)
Change Bag- This is important for you to change store any dirty clothes from the hospital.
Dressing gown This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour. You'll probably also want one on the postnatal ward. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better. A dark colour or a busy pattern will help to hide any stains.
Nursing Bra- nursing bras have clasps or panels that allow easy access to the nipples for breastfeeding. Nursing T-Shirts are also helpful for some women , as it allows you to breastfeed whilst t-shirt is on rather than lifting up)
Water Spray - This may be helpful, your birth partner can spray you over your face and/or body during labour to cool you down!
C-Section Pants - Postpartum shapewear can provide additional compression for mothers recovering from a caesarean section delivery or diastasis recti.
Pyjamas -as another option encase your in hospital longer!
Wet Wipes - This will keep you refreshed and relaxed
Going Home outfit ( Loose top and leggings will help and provide comfort)
Backless slippers that are easy to get on and off.
Flip-flops work well, too as second additions for taking showers in hospital!
Socks Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.( Tip Non-slip socks or slippers work amazingly!
Perineal Spray bottle( this can be purchased off amazon and any other related sites). This is a bottle you fill with water to help you clean the perineal areas which you cannot get to after birth.( soreness and pain will be real).
Perineal Oil Massage - Research shows that massaging the perineal area from 34 weeks of pregnancy can help reduce the risk of episiotomy and tearing.
Disposable Maternity Pads & Pants( you will need many): you will likely bleed very heavily so disposable will come in handy
Breast Pads Reusable or disposable ( this is to help for milk leakage , it may be embarrassing and pretty annoying keeping up with leakage through your clothing
Cool Pad/Liners :We have developed these Cooling Maxi Pads to help cool and calm your intimate area postpartum. We understand the difficulty faced after giving birth and that caring for your body isn't always easy. Use the instantly cooling maxi pads to help provide relief to your swollen or bruised intimate area. These cooling maxi pads are comfortable to use in your underwear.
Perineal Spritz Spray ( Spritz for Bits is safe to use on perineal wounds which have been stitched. It has been made with a range of ingredients to prevent infection, soothe and promote healing. It helps to provide instant relief caused by bruising and swelling during childbirth).
Nipple Cream A good nipple cream eases pain and provides moisture to help heal or prevent dry, cracked, itchy, or bleeding nipples during the first few weeks of breastfeeding.
Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour. You might also like to invest in a massage roller or similar aid, so your birth partner can massage you for longer.
Birth ball. This can help you to find different positions in labour, and may also help you manage the pain of contractions. Check whether the hospital has the right size for you. If not, take your own. Remember to bring a pump so your birth partner can inflate it for you. However some hospitals ( at birth centres) may provide this!
Snacks and drinks for during and after the birth. Most women are able to eat and drink during labour, and it can help to keep your energy levels up. The hospital will have food and drink available, but you may prefer to pack a few things that you know you like. Choose carb-packed snacks that give slow-release energy to keep you going. Fruit, unsalted nuts, crisps, cereal bars and popcorn are all good options.
Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, or a tablet. You may also want to download some fun and distracting apps on your phone to keep you occupied during early labour.
Hairbands or a clip. If you have long hair, you may want it tied up.
Pillows- The hospital might not have enough to make you really comfortable.
TENS pain relief machine, if you are planning to use one. Some hospitals and birth centres do have them though, so check with yours first.
Phone Charger- Keep up to date with your friends and family( the only way this is possible is remaining charged up!
Additional Items /Preferential
Music. Create a playlist of upbeat and/or soothing tracks to distract, calm and inspire you during labour
Pillow Bring a pillow from home to make you feel comfortable and at home!
Books/Magazines or puzzles - this will allow you to keep your mind occupied during initial stages of labour.
Hospital Organizer Bags
Eye Mask- This can sometimes provide relaxation and peace.
Straw and reusable cup- This is often overlooked. Wouldn't you prefer to be sipping rather than knocking a drink bottle back?