Packing hospital bag.

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Packing hospital bag.

Post: #167484 thesunflowergal
Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:45 pm

You might have thought that I'd remember by now what to put in my bag, I think that I have got all of the essentials. Has anyone got any tips of what else might be useful please? I have no idea of now long I am going to be there, or whether or not I am going to get away with a natural birth this time.

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Post: #167485 Milims
Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:10 pm

Lavender oil - good for if you feel a bit sicky as well as relaxing. Good luck! :flower:
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Post: #167486 Mr and Mrs luvpie
Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:12 pm

I'll try and think of anything out of the ordinary that I wished I'd had last time, but if your using real nappies I'd be interested to know how many you used in the first few days (just really want to make sure that I've got enough sorted to save mrluvpie washing whilst im in for the couple of days

Oh and good luck

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Post: #167508 grubbysoles
Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:13 am

I would say enormous granny knickers. Not very attractive, but it's all about comfort in those first few days. I also took a little battery operated fan in case it got very hot in the delivery room (athough I ended up having a section!) and plenty of bottles of water.

Oh, and a banana smoothie :lol:

I'm really pleased the pregnancy is going well and you're nearly all the way to full term. Huzzah! Must be a great relief for you.

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Post: #167520 Mr and Mrs luvpie
Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:45 am

Just remembered the one thing that I was glad of having last time, an i-pod and a really really good book, Youngest luvpie slept all day and was awake all night for the 2 nights that they may me stay, and in a hospital ward there was no way of getting sleep through the day so I just stuck my music on and read/napped through an old and well loved book, that way if I did manage to get a nap it didn't matter if I lost my page as I knew the story off by heart!!

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Post: #167538 Islay
Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:40 am

I had an Excel spreadsheet for my hospital packing list. :oops: :oops: :oops:

Some of the many essentials for me were:
1) lots and lots of dried fruit - I was starving, and wasn't offered any food (gave birth in the evening, then had surgery, so went onto the ward at about 1am)
2) A nightie you can breastfeed in, if you're planning it
3) tooth brush and paste
4) Nappies - they did provide disposables, but having them at hand meant less effort
5) lansinoh - saved me from sore boobs in the early days! definite essential.
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Post: #167541 Urban Ayisha
Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:45 am

i agree with the big pants, and also something to 'cover up' with like a big jumper or dressing gown as i remember feeling a bit delicate and exposed when the visitors started coming. might not be for you but make-up was a definite essential for those first photos! and ask visitors to bring u home cooked meals, as u probably know, hospital food SUCKS!!!

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Post: #167548 Mr and Mrs luvpie
Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:59 am

had to laugh at the hosiptal food comments, I had george by planned section on new years eve, I was the first one so was back on the ward by lunchtime, by the evening I was hungry and so sent mrluvpie to go and get food, thinking that they couldn't mess up a buffet tea, only for him to come back empty handed saying that the care assistant had told him that as i'd had a major op I wouldn't want anything to eat :shock: I put him right, and he was obviously more scared of me, who by this point hadn't eaten anything for 24 hrs (I struggle to go 24 minutes some days!) so he returned to face the lady and brought me back two sarnies, abit of quiche and some chocolate cake :thumbright:

But i did point out to him that if he turned up the next morning without having found any snacks for me on the way then I might put someone elses name on the birth certificate!!!

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Post: #167552 Annpan
Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:05 pm

I heard stories of people brining in pizza in those big cookie boxes... Hospital food is so dire, I don't think I ever ate so poorly in my life... no fresh fruit or veg anywhere :roll: :(
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Post: #167575 Green Aura
Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:02 pm

Raspberry leaf tea - I think you're supposed to start in the last few weeks. Good for strengthening contractions if memory serves.

Of course if you're not using that route it might not be required!
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Post: #167636 thesunflowergal
Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:33 pm

Thanks everyone!!

Just after I had Orin, was Bfing so hubby went to get me some lunch. He returned with something that resembled tinned dog food, I asked him what it was and he replied that the care assistant did not know :lol: Oh the joys!! I later learnt that you can request a salad in the evening. :cheers:

Green Aura, Raspberry leaf tea is on the list. Thanks for jogging my memory. I am seriously hoping for a natural birth, but we will have to see what happens.

Big pants are packed, so is the good book!!

Do you think a Savoy Cabbage is too weird?? As I already have mastitis :(

Thanks GrubbySoles, luckly all seems to be going well. How are you getting on with your little lady??
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Post: #167808 grubbysoles
Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:15 pm

Definitely take the cabbage. At least it will give the midwives a chuckle!

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