Your prescribed medications with you are a critical item to pack in your to-go bag! It's also important to tell your doctor or midwife that you are taking any other medication(s) so they can be on the safe side. Make sure to bring all of your medications in their original containers, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and vitamin supplements.
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– Toothbrush and toothpaste – Shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and body wash (or soap) – Hair accessories (hairbrush, extra hair ties, headbands) – Body lotion – Deodorant – Razor and shaving cream (if you prefer to shave your legs) – Lip balm (for chapped lips) – Face wipes or make-up remover pads – Nipple cream (if you are breastfeeding) – Nausea medication – Aspirin/pain reliever of choice – Miscellaneous Essentials – Nursing Pads
Comfy clothes are an essential item to pack in your to-go bag. Bring something comfortable and loose-fitting because you'll definitely be more comfortable with loose and lightweight clothing that you feel good in! Unless you'd rather rock that hospital gown in the maternity ward the whole time, remember to bring some clothes to wear of your own when you pack your hospital bag
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And of course, don't forget to pack a pair of comfy slippers in your to-go bag too. Those hospital socks are not the most comfortable things to wear, so make sure you bring some cozy slippers or flip flops with you too! If you're one of those moms who don't like to walk on hospital floors wearing just socks, pack some comfortable shoes to wear as well. Bring slip-on shoes for going home.
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Mamas-to-be, if you're planning on breastfeeding, then don't forget a nursing bra and pads when you pack your hospital bag.
And if you want to have a water birth, don't forget to pack a dark color swimsuit top in your bag!
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If you haven't already, print out a copy of your birth plan and put it in your to-go bag. That way, if you forget your birth plan at home or want to make any changes, you can do so quickly and efficiently before your baby arrives. Make sure that your insurance card and medical records are easily accessible to speed up completing all of the hospital forms.
Make sure that you have a camera on hand at the hospital for when the baby decides to make its grand entrance! If you don't have one, most hospitals will allow you to take photos as long as it doesn't interfere with the care of other patients. Ask a nurse or your doctor if this is okay ahead of time, though!
You'll also want to have a car charger, USB cords, and wall plugs on hand in your to-go bag for your stay. Be sure to bring along a charger cord for your phone; your hospital bed might not be near an electrical outlet. Don't forget chargers for your video camera and your digital camera (if you have one).