Packing Bag for Labor and Delivery

Preparing your bag to take to the hospital for labor and delivery doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  There are a few things every Mom-to-be should bring.

Lotion is great for a massage during labor.  Go to Bath and Body works or your favorite store and splurge on a scent that you love or relaxes you.  This is also great for applying during labor when you are feeling worn out, sweaty or just not so fresh.  Lotion can be a great pick-me-up.

Colgate Wisps.  These are a necessity!  Many women end up stuck in bed during labor and you can sometimes feel pretty scuzzy.  Wisps are fabulous because you get to brush your teeth and freshen your breath without the need for water or getting out of bed. 

Poise Pads.  Yes, these are for women with incontinence issues but these work so much better than a regular maxi pad or anything the hospital will give you.  They allow you to move around freely without worrying about ruining your clothes.  This is a biggie.  You will thank me later.

Any medications you might take.  Bring them in the bottle they come in.  Toss them all in a Ziploc bag.  Sometimes doctors get so busy they don’t have time to order medicines that aren’t usually used during labor.  I ended up having to use my own heart pill (with the doctor’s knowledge) for the first day, until the order finally went through.

Snacks.  You will more than likely be in the hospital for 3 or 4 days.  Hospital cafeterias are expensive and using vending machines add up.  We used a separate bag for these.  They came in quite handy during our stay and are great for the parade of guests that will be visiting.

Toiletries.  Deodorant, bath soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, hair brush, an elastic hair band and your makeup, if you wish.

You may want to bring a favorite pillow or blanket from home to make yourself more comfortable. Hospital blankets leave a lot to be desired.

Camera, Camcorder and Laptop.  You will most definitely want pictures to document this special moment.  Most hospitals will not let you record the actual delivery, but you can capture some priceless moments during the labor process.  The laptop can be used to upload pictures and videos or Skype with friends and family who can’t be there. 

A going home outfit for both Mom and baby.  Remember, you will still be the size you were at about 6 or 7 months pregnant.  Comfort is important.  You also might want to bring a pair of pajamas or two so you don’t have to wear that hospital gown the entire hospital stay.

Don’t worry about packing bottles, wipes or diapers.  The hospital provides all of these things for you.

If Dad will be there, he can pack a small bag with a few pair of clothes and toiletries.  A Ziploc bag full of your spare change is great for if you have to use the vending machines.

This is pretty much all you will need.  Most people over pack and have to lug around a ton of stuff.  Remember, you are there to have a baby, not move in!

Last but not least, I highly recommend taking your bag with you to every doctor visit after 35 weeks.  I was told this and blew it off but when I was sent to the hospital from my regular doctor appointment as an emergency induction at 36 weeks I was really wishing I had my fully packed bag with me, instead of sitting by my bedroom door!

Congratulations on your special blessing and enjoy this journey.