Packing a hospital bag

Victoria - posted on 09/03/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm pregnant with my first child and I'm in the process of packing my hospital bag. Is there anything you wished you would have had in the hospital, but didn't think to pack? Any extra item beyond the basics that made the trip better for you?

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I wish I would have brought my bella band (the thing that holds your pants up). I put it on as soon as I got home and it helped alot. Your tummy feels weird to all of a sudden not have any support. It made me feel a little sick. Having that support for a couple days was helpful.

Hannah - posted on 09/03/2009

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Yeah, but if you bleed a lot, like I did... you will appreciate those huge pads, especially at night.

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User - posted on 09/04/2009

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I packed my own pads and underwear and was so grateful that I did. The hospital will give you disposable underwear, which at first seems weird, but especially the first 24 hours after you deliver, I found it super easy, since it was kind of messy. The hospital pads are really bulky, so I was alot more comfortable with my own.

Jessica - posted on 09/04/2009

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The basics, toothbrush, hairbrush, etc. A nightgown or two and an outfit to go home in, probably just pj pants and a tshirt. One outfit for baby. blanket for baby. dont pack too much because you will probably be bringing home alot more than you took in, gifts, extras from hospital, etc. Make sure you pack something that will calm you down during labor, you never know how long it will last. Definitely a camera, those are precious moments that you will never get back and decide who will be taking the pictures in the delivery room before you get there. Make sure you know who you want to have called when you go into labor and who you definitely dont want to see while in labor and give someone the task of calling everyone bc you will not feel like calling everyone. and give someone the task of telling your guests what you do and do not want to deal with while in labor. The last thing any laboring mom needs is for labor to be any more stressful than necessary. I hope this helps.

Liz - posted on 09/03/2009

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Aside from the basics:

Pack old worn pajama pants that you wouldn't mind throwing away. You're going to be bleeding and sometimes you cant catch it all. TMI, but I wish someone had warned me. I ruined a really nice outfit bought for 'going home'.

I would also bring a puzzle book or magazine. Just because you're exhausted doesnt mean you'll be able to sleep. I was there for 3 days (which is pretty much the norm in the US) and they're constantly coming into your room, especially if you end up sharing. They come into your room 10x more if you have the baby with you 24/7. There are constantly lights on, and sometimes it's impossible to sleep.

You might also want a hemorrhoid pillow of some sort to sit on. After 3 days in a hospital bed my tailbone felt like I'd been drop kicked with a steel toe.

Carrie - posted on 09/03/2009

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Make sure you bring your own underwear and sanitary pads because the hospital ones are as thick as a 5oo page book! LOL! Hope this helps!

Hannah - posted on 09/03/2009

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The most important things for me, were the basics. Toothbrush, deodorant, chap stick (I'm hooked on that), and lotion for my face. You will most likely be the for just 1 or 2 days, so don't overpack. Hope that helps.

Oh, and a comfortable change of clothes to go home in. And a nursing bra, if you plan to nurse.

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