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Are you all prepared for the big day? Babies don’t arrive on a fixed date. So, it is important to be ready for their arrival. In order to do so, you have to keep the maternity bag organized and packed from at least the eighth month of the pregnancy. That is why we have provided a checklist that will help you in preparing for anything that you or your new baby might need.
Hospital Bag checklist for moms during labor and delivery
• ID, Hospital paperwork, and Insurance card – Make sure that you have all the medical records’ copy handy. This way, the medical professionals at the hospital can review your medical history easily. Keep a copy of your ID, insurance documents, and medical cards. • Birth plan – If you have discussed your birth plan, you have to print a few copies so that everyone can refer to it for last-minute questions. • Bathrobe – Pack a soft bathrobe that you can use for pacing around during your stay at the hospital. • Socks – This will help your feet stay warm during labor. • Slippers – Pack the slippers that are easy to put on and are comfortable for walking around the hospital ward. Put in some flip-flops as well to be used in the shower. • Lip balm – Have some lip balm at hand for keeping your lips hydrated as they can get chapped during labour. • Body lotion – A little massage during labour can be quite relaxing. Put some in your bag to be used later. • Sponge and water spray – During labour, you might start feeling hot. This is when your partner can spread some water on your neck and face of sponge cool water on your forehead. • Comfortable pillows – You will get pillows in the hospital, but they might not necessarily be the right one for you. Bring along your favourite pillow from home to ensure that you are comfortable during your stay. • Relaxing entertainment – Put in some things that can help you pass time like a magazine, a tablet, or a book. • Earplugs and eye mask – Maternity ward can be quite bright and busy. To get some rest, you can wear an earplug and eye mask.
Hospital Bag checklist for moms after delivery
• Nightgowns – During your stay at the hospital, you will want to sleep in something comfortable. A good option is a soft and loose nightgown. If you are planning to breastfeed, you can use one with a front-opening. • Heavy-duty maternity pads – You will get some from the hospital, but it is smart to pack some heavy-duty maternity pads. After birth, you will bleed a lot. Initially, you will have to change pads every couple of hours, but the flow will decrease after a few days. Maternity pads are more absorbent and softer than standard pads. • Underwear – Make sure that you pack a lot of comfortable underwear. These should be large enough so that you can wear them over the maternity pads. • Bras – Put in some nursing bras or other well-fitting, comfortable bras. • Toiletries – Don’t forget to keep tissues, comb, hairbrush, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hair ties, hair clips, and hairdryer. Pack a plastic bag for keeping your dirty clothes in. • Skin care products – After delivery, your skin might feel drier than normal. Pack some moisturizer, just in case. • Glasses or contact lenses – These might seem obvious, but little things can escape your attention while packing the hospital bag. In the case of contact lenses, pack a lens case and a contact lens solution as well. • Charger – Pack in your charger to ensure that you are always in touch with your loved ones. You can even use your phone for taking the first picture of your baby and posting the good news on social media. • Clothes – Apart from your nightgown, you also have to pack some comfortable clothes that you can wear during your stay at the hospital. Select something that is loose fitting and has an elastic waist or a drawstring. With this checklist, you will be ready for your delivery and hospital stay. If you prefer a luxurious stay at the hospital, you can choose the Rosewalk Hospital, a Boutique birthing center. It has the best gynecologist in South Delhi, who will ensure that you have a safe and comfortable delivery.
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