I'm in my 35th week and have about 4-5 more weeks to go! I just finished packing my hospital bag in case I go early and I'm not sure if I packed enough or too little. A good thing about my Longchamp is that it expands into a larger size in case I need to add more things or need room to take the diapers/supplies home from the hospital for Baby L's care.
1. PJS and Slippers! I figured I'd use the gown they give me at the hospital first since most likely it'll get all dirty from delivery and change into this open front pajama shirt postpartum to be as comfy as I can. It lends itself to skin to skin and breastfeeding with the open front buttons and of course being open on the bottom in case they need to check down there. It comes in regular and maternity sizing at H&M. If you're into walking especially before and after birth, bring a pair of rubbery sole slippers to prevent slips and falls and socks to keep your toes warm if you're cold. Don't forget a nursing bra if you're planning on breastfeeding. I choose a few from H&M also as they were more affordable and ranked well on most reviews.
2. Cute going home outfit. Comfy leggings and an oversized sweater, you can't go wrong there! It may not be the cutest thing but after exhaustion and adjusting, I think comfy trumps cute!
3. Toiletries. Contact solution, glasses, toothbrush + toothpaste, hair brush, hair ties, shampoo + conditioner, and pads.
4. Relaxation/Distractions. I opted to go with heat therapy and massage with aromatherapy. This is where your partner or support person comes in handy by applying pressure and heat where you need it. I think the essential oils will help me focus by massaging some around my head, neck, and shoulders to help me relax and power through contractions. I chose Nature's Truth Peace Essential Oil which allows for balancing, relaxing, and calming effects. Ingredients include a blend of cedar wood, orange oil, sweet citrus, tangerine oil, cinnamon leaf oil, patchouli oil, thyme red oil, and ylang ylang oil. The other oil I choose was Mental Clarity allowing for focusing, centering, and clarifying. This contains a blend of sweet basil oil, bergamot oil, lemon oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil, geranium oil, cardamom oil, ylang ylang oil, jasmine absolute oil, and chamomile roman oil. You can find any of these essential oils at a pharmacy or natural food stores. Don't forget a bikini and neck pillow if your opting for a hot tub or water therapy.
5. Water bottle with straw. Hydration is key during delivery and staying hydrated between contractions will allow you to have more energy and leaving you not as fatigued. I love Lifefactory water bottles because I feel like the glass bottle gives the water a cleaner purer taste with a silicone sleeve for non-slip resistance.
6. Phone charger. Gotta take pictures of your new bundle of joy and keep family in the loop! I'm opting for no visitors during my stay unless it's immediate family so I can rest and learn as much as I can from the nurses and lactation consultants during my short few days there before we go home and fend for ourselves. lol.
7. Baby gear! We went with an elephant/giraffe theme for the nursery so what better way than to welcome Baby L home in a cute elephant onesie. A cute warm hat and booties as well as layering with a bear ears hoodie from GapBaby to match and keep warm in this winter weather. I packed some receiving blankets including a muslin blanket from Aden and Anais and a super soft velvety elephant blanket to keep him warm after he's buckled up in his car seat.
8. Snacks! Snacks for both Mama and Hubs. Especially if you end up showing up at the hospital during off hours and everything is closed, you need to keep up the energy with fuel. Or like me... I can get quite hangry! 😡 but I also heard having heavy meals can end up in lots of nausea and vomiting. haha I was told by our doula that Mama should have something cold and sweet on the ride to the hospital so when they check for fetal activity, Baby L will be active and ready to go so they are more likely to admit you versus a sleeping baby ... lol who would've thought a baby could sleep through contractions? 🤔
PS. Don't forget important documents such as your birth plan, birth certificate registration, health care proxy (if applicable), and insurance card.