Your Pregnancy After 35 : Labor and Delivery (part 2) - Packing for the Hospital

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Packing for the Hospital

Packing for the hospital can be unnerving. You don’t want to pack too early and have your suitcase staring at you. But you don’t want to wait until the last minute, throw things together and take the chance of forgetting something important.

Pack about 3 weeks before your due date. Include things you’ll need during labor for you and your labor coach and items you and baby will need after delivery, as well as for the hospital stay. See the discussions below.

Packing for Yourself

One advantage to packing early for your hospital trip is you’ll have time to think about what you want to take with you. You will avoid “panic packing” and perhaps including items you don’t need while forgetting ones you do. There are a lot of things to consider, but the list below should cover nearly all of what you might need:

completed insurance or preregistration forms

insurance card

heavy socks to wear in the delivery room

an item to use as a focal point

1 cotton nightgown or T-shirt for labor

lip balm, lollipops or fruit drops to use during labor

light diversion, such as books or magazines, to use during labor

breath spray

1 or 2 nightgowns for after labor (bring a nursing gown if you’re going to breastfeed)

slippers with rubber soles

1 long robe for walking in the halls

2 nursing bras and pads

3 pairs of panties

toiletries you use, including brush, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner

hair band or ponytail holder, if you have long hair

loose-fitting clothes for going home

sanitary pads, if the hospital doesn’t supply them

You may also want to bring 1 or 2 pieces of fruit to eat after the delivery. Don’t pack them too early!

Packing for Your Partner

It’s a good idea to include some things in your hospital kit for your partner or labor coach to help you both during the birth:

a watch with a second hand

powder or cornstarch for massaging you during labor

a paint roller or tennis ball for giving you a lower-back massage during labor

iPod, tapes or CDs and a player, or a radio to play during labor

camera

list of telephone numbers and a long-distance calling card

snacks

 
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