The time is almost here – the day that your life will change as you become a mother. Even if it’s not your first time giving birth, it’s important to be properly prepared before you leave home. This checklist will help you get everything together and ready before your baby makes his or her appearance.
Gather your necessary items a couple of weeks before your due date. In very late-term pregnancy, you’re not going to feel like scrounging around for papers and supplies! Packing your hospital bag will give you peace of mind, too, so you’re not looking for anything at the last minute.
The first “document” you need is a driver’s license or other picture ID. If you keep it in your wallet, make sure that is either in your delivery bag or right next to it. You should also have up-to-date insurance information and any paperwork your hospital might require. If you’re not sure, call and ask ahead of time. You have likely discussed your birth plan with your OB, but be sure to have another copy with for other doctors, nurses, and staff.
Hospitals provide gowns, but you may be more comfortable in your own (if they permit it). In this case, pack a bathrobe, slippers, socks, and a couple of nightgowns. Make sure your clothing is loose and comfortable with short or loose sleeves for blood pressure checks.
Consider bringing some other comforting items from home to help you relax. Your favorite pillow, for example, might make it easier to get some much-needed rest. Just make sure you use colorful pillowcases or otherwise label your items so they don’t get mixed up with hospital things. Other comforting items might include a photograph of a loved one or your favorite playlist downloaded to a phone or other device.
The hospital will also provide basic toiletries, but you may want to bring your own. You’ll need your essentials, such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner, and makeup remover. Many women suffer from dry skin or lips, so be sure to bring lip balm and lotion. You should also bring:
Make sure you bring a big bag and an even bigger smile. Before you know it, your little miracle will be here.