It's almost GO time here at currently 35 weeks pregnant. I am so excited to meet this little one, and it seems she's pretty eager too! With my first babe my hospital bag was packed by 26 weeks. Same with my second + third pregnancy.
But this time around, I was legit packing while experiencing preterm labor at 33 weeks. Cray cray on many levels.
All is well though + baby is still snug. But thank goodness I had a sense of all the essentials I needed to grab + go.
Word to the wise, pack early + pack well.
To give you some guidance I’ve created a list you can use if you’re in a pinch or if you want some experienced insight. So here goes ⤵️ Save this post for reference ... 📝
And above all Godspeed momma ♥️
• Going home outfit for babe • Going home outfit for you
• Health insurance card
• Will or advanced directive • Picture of your other children
• Birth plan
• Chapstick : See below
• Hair ties • Floss
• Toothpaste : See below
• Mouth rinse : See below
• Shower sandals : Love Adidas slides
• Shampoo + conditioner : See below
• Body wash : See below
• Face wash : See below
• Body lotion : See below
• Deodorant : See below
• Face moisturizer : See below
• Blow dryer + hair iron
• Clean makeup : Beautycounter
• Comfy undies
• Nursing bras or tanks : 3 pack of bras
• Pre + probiotics + vitamins : See below
• Diffuser + essential oils : See below
• Perineum spray : Recipe below
• Bathroom spray : Recipe below
• Hand sanitizing mist : See below
• Lozenges : See below
• Mints / sour hard candies
• Portable speakers : Beats Pill by Dre
• Phone chargers : I love this 10ft option
• Laptop + charger or notepad + pen
• Gifts for your nurses : Ideas below Now you've got a sense of the things you might need. Let me just say keep space in your bag or bring a little one along to stock up on all that fancy mesh underwear, pads from the hospital + whatever other items they may offer you to get you through the next 40 days. The nicer you are to the nurses the nicer they are to you. Trust it. And with that in mind, nurses are the greatest asset in labor and delivery. I discovered this with my first baby. Of course our doctors are incredible, especially if you need a c-section or some other intervention. However in a routine vaginal delivery nurses are the marathon runners. They are geared up right next to you through the long haul. Some wonderful ways to thank your nurses are to bring them a little gratitude gift. It doesn't have to be outrageous, but after you see the way they show up for you in that room you will be so happy you can offer them a token of your appreciation. Think of bringing along a few coffee gift cards, some herbal tea packets, chocolates, a roll-on essential oil like Motivate to keep them going, maybe Peace for calming during their long shifts. Or better yet gift them their very own OG sanitizing spray since they're definitely the real OGs of L + D.