Brenda - posted on 03/13/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )
Okay, my due date club on babyzone.com had this as a thread and I thought it would be handy on here too.
What are must haves for you been there done that moms and what weird things do you recommend? Also, what did you find worthless that you did take and didn't need aferall?
I'm just going to list some things most people I know don't think about.
Swim trunks for hubby. Laboring in a tub or at least taking a shower might make you feel better, this way hubby can help you out.
A bottle of Colace (or another stool softener). I wish I'd taken mine with me to start in the hospital. After all the abuse the colon gets during a vaginal birth (and all the gas that gets trapped during a c section) this stuff will make that first bathroom visit a LOT nicer. (especially if you have tearing or an episiotomy...I was so scared of popping the stitches with my first!)
Blanket for hubby. I had the thermostat turned all the way down, literally, and about froze my husband out. This was in July too. I swear he nearly had icicles on his eye lashes.
Slipper socks or flip flops. While houseshoes or slippers sound good, my feet swelled up so much I had pillow feet as I called them where I could feel the water sloshing on top of them. I couldn't have put my feet in any sort of shoe had I wanted to. Even though mine was due to pre eclampsia as well, most women will experience a significan amount of water retention after birth as well.