What to pack in your Labour Bag

What to pack in your Labour Bag

Unsure on what to pack in your labour bag with the big day not far away? Well look no further this blog will be full of must haves in your bag. It is always advised to have your hospital bag packed during your third trimester. Your little one may arrive earlier than you expect. 

Hospital bag for Mum: Labour and Delivery

  • Hospital File – Be sure to have your medical files handy, so that your doctor can see your medical history at a moments notice.
  • Birth Plan (if you have one) – It is always advised to have your birth plan to hand if you’ve discussed it. Have a couple of copies just so then the doctors and nurses so everyone can refer to it if anything happens.
  • Dressing Gown – A dressing gown is a must, being comfy is key and this is perfect for walking round during labour or afterwards.
  • Socks – Aways have fluffy warm socks as it’s important to stay warm throughout your stay at hospital.
  • Slippers – You’ll want slippers that are comfortable and easy to slip on and off throughout your stay. It is always handy to take flip flops for the shower.
  • Lip Balm – Throughout labour your lips can become dry, so having some lip balm can be handy.
  • Comfortable pillow – The hospital will provide you with a pillow. However like some things you can’t beat your home comforts so by taking your own pillow will allow you to be comfy throughout your stay.
  • Relaxing pass-times – Always take some things that will help pass the time. Books, Magazines, a tablet (that has movies or series downloaded) are ideal for entertainment.
  • Eye Mask and Ear Plugs – To make sure you get lots of rest as hospitals can be busy and bright. Therefore having an eye mask and ear plugs it will allow you to rest both before and after delivery.

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What to pack in your Labour Bag

Hospital Bag for Mum: After Delivery

  • Nightdresses – Throughout your stay you’ll need comfortable to sleep in during your hospital stay. It is advised to pack at least one soft, loose nightdress, ideally if you’re breast feeding then pack a front opening one for ease.
  • Heavy Duty maternity pads – Some hospitals will provide you with some, however it is advised to pack plenty.
  • Underwear – Pack plenty of comfortable underwear that you won’t mind getting messy.  They need to be large enough for the maternity pads.
  • Toiletries – Don’t forget your basic toiletries. Towels, tissues, hairbrush, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, facewash, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, hairclips and hair bands. It is always a good idea to take a bag to put your dirty clothes in.
  • Skin care products – It is always advised to take some moisturiser as your skin can become very dry in this time.
  • Phone & Charger – Unless you’re one that is looking to stay away from your phone during this time, then don’t forget your phone and charger. You can then stay in touch with your friends and family throughout your stay. Capturing those first special moments with your little one and then announcing your wonderful news on social media.
  • Snacks and Drinks – Sometimes your stay can be longer as it is unexpected how long labour will be. It may be a good idea to pack some drinks and snacks to keep you going throughout your stay. Always pack some of your favourite snacks to give you that comfort food feeling. You must always check with your medical team first if you’re able to eat or drink anything during labour.

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