Just packing my hospital bag up and would appreciate your comments!
I'm having an ELCS after a VB last time so I know it will be slightly different things I need.
Firstly, do I need a separate bag for the theatre/birth bit and then for the ward?? If so what goes in which bag?
So I have...
1 x nightie (comfy and ok for breastfeeding) - should I take 2? Pjs x 1 Slip on slippers Dressing gown Nursing bras (from last time, hope to be approx same size...) I have v big boobs so no bra is not an option, I've been sleeping in one since 4 months pregnant. Maternity pads x 10 Breast pads Ear plugs Lip balm Shampoo/toothbrush/shower gel on a hook, deodorant, make up, hair brush Nipple cream Arnica tablets (200 strength) Peppermint oil tablets Peppermint tea bags Book (I'm case have to wait) Phone charger iPod BIG pants x 8 pairs Socks
Newborn nappies Vests x 4 Baby grows x 4 Hat, cardigan, snow suit for journey home
Have I missed anything?! I also have a c-sec belt and a breastfeeding pillow but will I need these in hospital? It's likely I will be in at least 48hrs as that's the policy and it could be longer onviously.
Also I plan to breastfeed (did last time) but my milk came in v late and so we had to cup feed a bit too in hospital. Am I best to take some formula with us in case that happens again? I remember it being really difficult to get them to help me with it during the night despite a midwife advising it!! We were in 4 days last time tho so perhaps that is why we needed the cup feed as milk still hadn't come through.
When I had elcs 2.5 years ago, we couldn't take any bags to theatre. DH was told to carry 2 nappies, 1 vest & 1 baby grow to the theatre where a nurse took them and placed them in an empty cot ready for bubs. Being allowed to take spares would have been great as ds pooped all over everything within 45 mins, meaning DH had to nip back to the ward to get more stuff. More than 10 maternity pads too I'd say, bleeding was about the same as vb for me. I took my own formula, just incase I needed it after SIL had a nightmare getting it after deciding she didn't want to bf
A pillow is a good thing to take for feeding and for hugging when you leave the hospital as speed bumps are horrible. 2nd the dry shampoo and sports bottle. Also comfy things to wear home, leggings/dress/yoga pants. Slip on shoes or flip flop things for walking about in the hospital. Snacks to eat after the birth. I would also take a blanket for you as I was freezing at night and I had my cs in the hottest summer.
Flip flops for the shower? Shower in the post natal ward was grim... Lots of snacks- I was starving! Also took figs/ prunes to eat by the bucket load to get my digestion moving. I was constipated for weeks after my elves. And if I'm honest I'm still not back to normal after 11 weeks! Camera - just in case you can't take a phone in so they can take photos in theatre We were told to have a separate small bag for prep/ recovery bay with nightie, one change for baby etc. Husband then went and got the bigger case from the car when settled on post natal. Second gbrining a changing mat- just the small ones you get in changing bags or a few disposables so you have somewhere to change baby Eat plugs and eye mask to stand any chance of sleep on th ward I took some 'lounge wear' type clothes (baggy cardi, joggers) so I was out of my nightie during the day- made me feel more human. Make sure nothing sits on your scar - so big pants and high waists only! Hth
I found the peppermint oil capsules useless and took windeeze and charcoal tablets instead (you should find them in most health food shops or pharmacies). I'd take an extra nightie too - I found I sweated like a beast straight after the op and for at least the first night. It could have been the drugs though but then I was probably getting rid of an awful lot of water retention. I packed a complete first outfit and a nappy in a zip lock bag to take into theatre. Saved rummaging around my bag. What would have been useful is a spare t - shirt and change of underwear for dh (leave in the car) Not wishing to alarm you, but had a lot of bleeding and was in my own high dependency room for the first night, on what was the busiest weekend of the year. They encouraged dh to stay with me overnight which wasn't part off the original plan - he had a shower in my private bathroom and nothing clean to change into!
I would take a couple of cereal bars or something similar for breakfast the morning after and ask your partner to leave them somewhere you can reach them. When I was wide awake on the ward at 4am, hungry and still with a catheter in I was so pleased my Mum had left a bag of cookies in reaching distance when she visited!