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10 Key Hospital Bag Essentials

10 Key Hospital Bag Essentials

 

Right now you are probably working through your hospital bag checklist!

It can be confusing knowing what to take, especially if it’s your first baby.

With 28 years of midwifery experience between them, the My Expert Midwife midwives share their advice on the 10 key essentials to pack in your hospital bag:-

  1. Spritz for Bits - it's active ingredients will provide instant cooling and relief from pain, keeping you more comfortable in the days after the birth of your baby.
    Learn More Here: 200 new mum's share how "Spritz for Bits" played an instrumental part in their post birth recovery.
  1. Your hospital or maternity notes – please don’t forget these, your midwife will really need them!
  1. A woollen hat for baby - wool will keep baby warm, which is so important as their heads will be wet and lose heat otherwise.
  1. Battery pack charger for phone/tablet - some hospitals don’t allow you to use their power points so these give up to 3 full charges for your phone.
  1. Your own pillow - hospital pillows are not the comfiest and tend to be in short supply. Taking something from home also introduces your baby to comforting smells and friendly bacteria.
  1. Flip flops - it’s really warm in hospital and most women find that their feet have swollen during pregnancy. Flips flops are quick and easy to get on and help to protect your feet from any germs on communal floors.
  1. Lip Balm – you may get thirsty and it is common to get dry lips. Our No Harm Nipple Balm can double up as a lip balm.
  1. Sports drinks - your body requires considerable calories during labour and needs this energy quickly, so drinks such as Lucozade sport, isotonic and carbohydrate or glucose gel sachets can be really useful. We know from research that preventing women taking adequate calories during labour can slow down contractions and the progress of labour.
  1. TENS/Wheat bags - both TENS machines and wheat bags offer effective pain relief for the early part of labour and allows you to stay upright and mobile. TENS machines can be hired through large maternity retailers and wheat bags, especially those with lavender, can be heated to the required temperature in the microwave. We’d advise checking that your local labour ward offers this facility.
  1. A bag for your birth partner - your birth partner will also need a hospital bag for food and other supplies, especially if you’re having your labour induced, which would normally make a stay in hospital longer.