What to pack in a hospital bag: For your baby
Feb 1, 2018
about 36 weeks pregnant
Having your hospital bag ready in advance can help you feel more secure and ready for whatever happens in your last weeks of pregnancy. Pack your hospital bag by the time you're about 36 weeks pregnant, since you could go into labor at any time in the weeks before your due date.
So, with all of the above in mind, here's our curated listed of must-haves for mom's hospital bag:
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About 20 to 30 nappies made especially for newborns, like Pampers Premium Protection New Baby. Your newborn might get through 10-12 nappies each day.
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If you've heard the exact opposite—that you should shave before labour—that's understandable because it used to be the recommendation. In fact, hospitals used to shave your pubic hair for you—and in some areas, they still do.
You may shower, bathe or wash your hair at anytime after the birth of your baby. During your first six weeks, avoid strenuous work. You may choose to limit visits with family and friends during the first two weeks, as it may cause undue fatigue for you and could also be detrimental to your baby's health.
There will be a lot of action below the waist, so pajama bottoms or a pair of sleep shorts aren't necessary. You could choose to pair a sports bra or nursing top with an oversized tee, for example. Or, just wear a nursing bra alone for the support. Just make sure your bras and clothing are free of metal.
Take a bath-when our clients contact us with the early signs of labour, we always suggest a bath as long as the bag of water (amniotic sac) is not broken. Taking a nice warm bath is one of the best ways to relax the whole body and see if the relaxation slows things down.
Movement is an instinctive way of coping with the discomfort of labor. Remaining upright also appears to facilitate labor progress and, aided by gravity, descent of the baby in the birth canal. By contrast, MRI studies suggest that on-the-back positioning may significantly narrow the baby's pathway through the pelvis.
For an uncomplicated vaginal birth, you can expect to stay in the hospital for at least 24 hours; however, most people stay for about two days. If you've had a C-section, your stay will be three to four days in most cases. If you are experiencing any kind of medical complication, you should expect to stay longer.
Here are some tips that may help you feel more rested.
Lochia, also known as postpartum bleeding, is vaginal bleeding after giving birth that includes bloody fluid made up of blood, placental tissue, sloughed off endometrial lining and mucous. Normal postpartum bleeding continues for 3 to 6 weeks as your uterus heals and returns to its usual shape and size.
New moms can leave the hospital soon after delivery, provided the doctor agrees. Photo: Pinterest. If you want to be discharged sooner than 24 hours after vaginal birth, talk to your doctor about it before you go into labor.
If you have a straightforward vaginal birth in a public hospital or birthing centre, you'll probably go home within 24 hours. A midwife might visit you at home. If you have your baby in a private hospital, you might be able to stay longer, if you want to.
If you think you'd like to be discharged sooner than 24 hours after giving birth, talk to your provider about it in the final weeks of pregnancy. With early discharges, you'll need to take your baby to see a doctor within two or three days after leaving the hospital.
If you've given birth in hospital or a midwife unit and you and your baby are well, you'll probably be able to go home 6 to 24 hours after your baby is born. Midwives will agree a plan with you for visits at home or at a children's centre until your baby is at least 10 days old.
Tips for taking baby home from the hospital
In warm weather, dress your baby in a T-shirt and light cotton pants or a baby blanket over bare legs. If it's cold, put footie pajamas, a hat, and warm blanket over your baby. But be sure to keep all blankets far from your baby's face to avoid suffocation.
An episiotomy is a cut (incision) through the area between your vaginal opening and your anus. This area is called the perineum. This procedure is done to make your vaginal opening larger for childbirth.