Childbirth is one of the most important and emotional events in life for the prospective parents. The couple desperately waits for almost 40 weeks to finally hear the "coos", cries, and witness the sleepy sighs and tiny yawns of the infant they’ve given birth to.
It ends by making its way for the mood of celebration and homecoming of the newborn. Packing the maternity bag is one of the bizarre qualities that the expecting mother naturally possesses. Since normal labor can take place anywhere between 37 to 42 weeks of pregnancy, it is always a fairly good idea to pack the maternity bags in the 37th week of gestation just to avoid the last-minute confusion and rush.
It is a nice idea to pack two bags during the preparation for the delivery, one for items required during the labour (say, Bag 1) and the other for the items required after the baby has been delivered (Bag 2).Here is a checklist of things listed in the order of priority that you must keep while packing your maternity bags and to keep your stay at thehospital comfortable and hassle-free.
Insurance card, hospital paperwork and any previous reports.
The birth plan (if any). A birth plan is a document that tells the medical team assigned to you during delivery about your personal preferences of how you would like your labour and delivery to be managed. However, there is absolutely no need to freak out in case you don’t have one.
Comfortable clothes: Although the clothes provided by the hospital are quite comfortable, some expecting mothers prefer to bring their own clothes to the hospital. If you decide to do so, make sure that you keep a clean set of a comfortableathrobe, a front open
nightgown (preferably sleeveless or has loose sleeves), and a pair of socks for the delivery.
Slippers orflip-flops and you will realize during D-day' that those are actually your saviour. Extra-large flip-flops are recommended because feet can bloat up and your normal flip-flops might not fit anymore!
Think about the items that help you relax. Your favourite music?
Thepillow you sleep on?
Your favourite photograph? Packing such reassuring items may help you relax while you are preparing for the underway labor.
SpectacledMothers who wish to see herself giving birth to a child often bring glasses or a pair of contact lenses for clear vision. (Tip: Glasses may become foggy during delivery, therefore it is advised that you bring a pair of contact lenses to witness childbirth.)
Who doesn't want to capture the joyful moments of childbirth?
Keep a camera or a camcorder to capture the big moments of life. Make sure to keep a battery charger in addition to the cable cord just in case the hospital, don't let you use the plug. (Tip: Do not forget to keep the mobile charger!)
Comfortable clothes - Although it's likely that you would prefer to wear
A kimono-type gown that the hospital provides you with after the baby is born, some women prefer to wear their own nightgown. Keep an extra pair of clothes that you would like to wear while going back home.
(Important:Do not forget to keep a lot of pairs of Maternal Underpantseven though the hospital provides you with mesh underwear and sanitary pads! The best is to have a set of disposable or use-and-throw underpants available in the market.)
Toiletries - Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, face and body wash, soap, lotion, moisturizer, makeup and other personal stuff, without which you can’t do.
Nursing aids - Nursing or feeding bras and breast pads. Whether you decide to breastfeed the baby or not, it is likely that your breasts will become a little swollen and tender. So a comfortable bra is a must.
Snacks - Undergoing labour is a hard thing to do! And it’s likely that you will feel hungry after delivering the baby. So Pack up snacks (dried fruits/nuts/crackers/granola bars) that you would like to have. Just make sure that it doesn't conflict with the diet that you are suggested to have after the delivery.
Ancillary items - Cell phone charger, books on breastfeeding or newborn baby care, a notepad or a pencil to document the feelings, baby book, gifts for the postpartum nurses and those who assist you during childbirth.