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Packing your hospital bag is a bit like packing for a mystery holiday (apart from the, erm, holiday bit at the end): you chuck in random stuff to cover every eventuality - and then find when you get there that the one thing you really need has been left at home.
But do remember: you are going to hospital, not the Gobi desert - there will be some things already there that you are perfectly entitled (and probably expected) to use.
It's worth finding out exactly what your hospital provides by asking beforehand. Some will give you nappies, for example, while others don't. These are the sorts of things you need to have in mind.
An old nightdress to give birth in
Clothes to go home in (for you and your baby)
Bodysuits and babygros (plenty of spares)
Night-time sanitary towels
Loads of pairs of 'old' knickers (or paper ones)
Nappies, wipes and nappy sacks
Mobile phone and charger
Plastic bag to put dirty clothes in
Your birth plan, if you have one
Your hospital notes
The make-all-the-difference extras
A pillow/duvet - for a little slice of extra comfort
A water spray - for cooling during hot and sweaty moments
A hot water bottle - for soothing backache during contractions
Some snacks - to keep your energy levels up
Pen and paper - you never know when they might come in handy
A hairbrush - for before the regulation 'healthy mum and baby' photos
A dressing gown (in a dark colour) - for walking around the ward in
A plastic water jug - for soothing sore bits during post-birth toilet trips (really)
Something for your midwife - once she's delivered your baby, she'll be your new BFF
Something to celebrate with - for obvious reasons
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