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27 December, 2020
It’s time to get ready for the big day! Packing your hospital bag means that the time for you to meet your baby is drawing closer. While often left until you are well into your third trimester, we recommend packing your bag a little earlier, as we know that sometimes babies like to arrive a bit earlier than we expected.
We created this list for a winter birth. The cold weather means you will want to pay more attention to packing items that make you feel warm and cosy, as well as comfortable.
Once you’ve packed your bag, keep it close by, next to the front door or in the car, so you are ready to go at a moment’s notice!
Labour is full of twists and turns, and while you may not follow every detail specified in your birth plan, it’s a good idea to have a copy for your partner, midwives or doctors to refer too if necessary.
When in the throes of labour, it’s unlikely that you will have a warm coat on your mind. But when it comes to leaving the ward and heading home with your new arrival, you’ll be tired, feeling a little sore and be pleased of the warmth and familiarity that a warm coat offers – especially against the cold winter weather.
Bringing your little one into the world is going to take a lot of energy and determination. It’s no secret that tiredness can make us more sensitive to the cold as our circadian rhythm becomes unbalanced – this could be accentuated during the winter months. To make sure that you can warm up and feel as comfortable as possible, remember to pack cosy items such as:
It’s hard to tell how long you will be in labour, but one thing is for sure – you will want to replenish your energy. If you are facing a long labour, eating little and often will give you the sustenance needed.
Of course, your ward will provide you with something to eat, but you could be facing limited choices depending on what time your bundle of joy decides to arrive! Be sure to pack a mix of nutritious items and your favourite foods such as sandwiches, vegetable sticks and a hummus dip, rice cakes, flapjacks, dried fruit, sweet treats, bottled water and isotonic drinks.
Cold weather is known to play havoc on the delicate skin on our lips, but lots of women tend to breathe in and out through their mouth during labour, causing the skin to become even drier. Make sure to pack a luxurious lip balm to ease the discomfort of chapped lips.
As we mentioned before, labour will leave you feeling sore, while if you have decided to breastfeed, you will want to pack a nursing bra that will make it easier to begin your breastfeeding journey.
Your womb takes some time to shrink back down so to prevent any tightness, make sure you by underwear a few sizes larger than you would usually wear.
Alongside the above, you will want to make sure that you pack breast pads and maternity pads to make you feel comfortable after you give birth.
Of course, your hospital bed will have pillows, but there is nothing quite like your own. A nursing pillow will give you the support you need by easing the strain on your back, neck and arms while also providing you with the perfect shape to lie back and rest on.
There is nothing like a fluffy towel after a shower. You cannot guarantee the hospital towels will offer luxury, so we advise taking your own. Pampering yourself will be the last thing on your mind when showering after having your baby, but that should not stop you making sure you have some lovely toiletries to use.
Include shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, moisturising cream, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, hairbands and brush along with your usual skincare and any cosmetic products.
Along with your phone, don’t forget your charger – your nearest and dearest will want pictures of your new arrival as well as sending messages of love and well wishes. You might want to pack items such as a kindle or tablet if you need to pass the time.
When it comes to items for your new arrival, it’s essential to think in layers. You will need a few extra things like warm mittens, hat and snowsuit or warm jacket in the winter months.
What items did you pack in your hospital bag for a birth in the winter months? Let us know on our social channels!
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