This is top on our hospital packing list because, while we can’t all be Kate Middleton with a team of stylists to make us look fabulous hours after giving birth, we can all pack something comfortable that we won’t mind being seen in.
People are going to visit and pictures will be taken, and you don’t want to be stuck in a hospital gown. A great pair of maternity yoga pants or stylish pajamas are both great choices. Comfy underwear is a good idea too. Postpartum underwear and maternity pads will go a long way in keeping you more comfortable.
Hospital staff knows every woman gives birth differently, and they want to do their best to help you have the experience you want. The easiest way to do this is by bringing your birth plan with you. Some moms opt to drop off their birth plan before the delivery date and have the hospital keep it on file. It’s a good choice to keep one in your hospital bag too, just in case.
You should also bring anything that makes you more comfortable. Some moms bring a robe—others can’t live without their mascara or a specific shampoo and conditioner.
Many moms bring a book or favorite movie. We even talked to a couple moms who brought a teddy bear. Whatever you need to feel comfortable and ready to meet your baby is okay to bring.
While you’ll spend most of your time in the hospital recovering, you don’t want to underestimate the importance of being prepared for labor. To make labor as comfortable as possible, remember to bring these essential items:
Candy Crush can be a great distraction during early labor! And you’ll definitely want to text family and friends to keep them updated.
Your lips can really dry out during labor.
You’ll feel better if you can freshen up with things like deodorant, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and a hairbrush or comb.
They’re more comfortable for swollen feet when it comes to walking through contractions.
All right, you can’t fit a doula in your hospital bag, but it’s worth mentioning here because more and more expectant mothers are opting to bring doulas or birth coaches with them to the hospital. Recent research shows that having a doula may not only make labor more comfortable, it might actually make it safer and faster.1
A doula can bring anything you forgot, they can help you and your partner keep breathing, and they’ll be able to answer questions and coach you through labor.
1. National Center for Biotechnology Information, “Continuous Support for Women during Childbirth”