The Pregnant Mama's Ultimate Labor & Delivery Guide
The Pregnant Mama's Ultimate Labor & Delivery Bag
A birthing bag is a comforting necessity for any expectant mother. There are plenty of maternity brands that provide pre-packaged hospital bags . You just have to find the one that's right for you. Even though they'll pack the essentials, there are a few items that you'll want to include. In this article, I'll share with you the necessities you can't go without and the simple touches that'll make your hospital stay bearable.
As your due date approaches your #1 search on Google becomes "what to pack in my hospital bag," it's no wonder that we're all left confused on what we actually need. I've seen lists ranging from pack movies and your PlayStation to an oil diffuser and yoga mat.
Throw your hospital checklist away! I've got you covered.
If you're breastfeeding, the nurses will want to have baby; try latching right away. This is not for the faint of heart. Especially if it's your first time. My nipples were cracked and bleeding within a week of being home. Take as much time as you want with your location consultant to ensure the baby has a good latch. Bad latches are what cause the most damage to the nipple. If you still need support, WIC has lactation consultants they'll specifically assign to your case if you reach out.
This one is up to you. You can get Depends or incontinence diapers. I wish I had them for my first one, but I didn't tear. I had a second-degree tear with baby number two, and lifting my feet up to get my legs in that diaper was a challenge. Instead, I transitioned to The Honey Pot Postpartum pads. The witch Hazel and mint-infused in them, and they were so cooling and refreshing.
Friday Baby has a great hospital packing kit that you can get here.
I know you want to wear the robe that matches the swaddle you just bought for your new bundle of joy- however, those are for pictures only. The hospital is freezing, and that little robe isn't going to cut it. Pack some comfy sweat and an oversized long sleeve tee. The blankets they give you are as thick as tissue paper, so you may want to bring your own. I recently discovered a heated electric blanket and haven't looked back since.
Pediatrician Info. The hospital will not discharge you if you don't know where your baby is going once you're discharged. Baby will have their first check-up 2 days after they get home, and the hospital wants to know who, what, when, where, and why.
the number of papers you will get will be enough to start a small nature preserve. Grab a folder to keep all of your items in one place.
Whenever you decide to shower, bring your good products from home. It's going to be hard to feel luxurious or "like yourself" while you're there, but having Dove Body Wash is going to make a world of difference than the bar that just says "soap." If you use the items the hospital gives you- not only is it the same size as the shampoo/conditioner set at your local LaQuinta, your skin is literally going to wither into a dehydrated brillo pad that has been forgotten under the sink.
Bland, dry, under-seasoned, and overcooked, hospital food -is subpar at best. Pack some of your favorite snacks and already have the convo with your partner to get food. Figure out where and what you want. Also, account for the time of day you may have a baby. At 2 AM your only option may be Waffle House. ( Which is actually delicious IMO.)
Bonus: Order DoorDash or Grubhub on your way to home. Once the adrenaline wears off from the hospital and you get settled back at home, the hunger you're going to feel is indescribable. EAT. It's going to be so easy to forget, but you have to eat mama.
Those stitches can feel really irritable. The hospital will give you numbing spray; take 2 or even 3 cans if possible. Also, give a goooood spray before you go to the bathroom.
Get some sort of muscle balm or essential oil lotion.Once you come down from the adrenaline of labor and delivery your body is going to ache. A nice massage of your legs and back is going to feel amazing. Even just getting your feet rubbed will make a huge difference.
Discharge May Take A While
Be ready for discharge to take a long time. The hospital has a doctor who has to make rounds and check on you before leaving. The problem is nobody knows when that doctor is coming. And even after they arrive, they still have to go back to their desk and write discharge papers for you to leave. So keep in mind that even though the doctor may check on you at 1 PM, you still may not be allowed to leave until 4. When I had Kyrie, I was so ready to go I almost started crying because I could not understand why it was taking so long.
It's a common side effect of pregnancy. IDK if you want to drink prune juice or eat an avocado, but do whatever you must to poop, but brace yourself. If you don't want to pop out little goat droppings, warm that belly up with some high-fiber food or food that will make you go! Mine just happens to be a choco-brownie blizzard from Dairy Queen.
Be sure to bring the car seat. Someone will want to evaluate it before you leave.
Watch a breastfeeding video
A couple things I highly recommend are watching breastfeeding videos on how to get a good latch. Having a vague idea of what you're doing when you start breastfeeding will go a longer way than someone stopping in for 5 mins to give you a crash course.
Relax. Take a deep breath. It may take a few attempts or even a few days to get it right, but there are services to assist you. Google your state WIC agency and they'll assign a lactation consultant specifically to you!
Watch a video on : How to Swaddle Your Baby
If your baby is a little wiggle worm like mine was you might see them creeping out of their swaddle at night. You can call the nurse to assist, but depending on how busy they are, you may have to wait longer than you want to. It's actually quite simple.
Here's an easy video that shows you what to do step-by-step.
Hope you found these tips helpful! Now go bring forth your beautiful baby! Let me know what you're packing in the comments below.
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