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02/10/2014 at 07:44
Right, you can tell me head is in 3rd trimester prep now! my questions are when did you are/are you planning to pack your hospital bag? And what are the items you are really pleased you packed?
*my head...also in 3rd tri lack of sleep!
02/10/2014 at 08:00
I was 39 weeks, packed it too a certain point then added the extras like day clothes (I had a small selection of maternity clothes so needed to wear them) until I left for the hospital! As it was, I was induced so had plenty of time to add them in. I had put my list on top of the bag so if I had gone into labour myself then me or my husband knew what to add in
02/10/2014 at 08:22
Mines is packed (kind of), baby's is packed fully, everything I haven't got is on order, I was having lots of pains Monday so figured maybe best pack my bag.
It wasn't packed fully with Isaac and I went into labour at 38 weeks and there was stuff missing and had to rely on h bringing me what he thought I'd need despite specific instructions.
02/10/2014 at 08:48
I didn't pack (but wish i had) a folding changing mat. I ended up in for three days due to emcs, and TWICE when changing my sons bum he peed in my bed.
I'm really glad i packed an extra bag and left it on the spare bed at home. As soon as i knew it was cs i said to hubs "you'll need to bring the extra bag". In it i had extra clothes for me and bubs, extra giant sanitory towels and some bottles and ready made formula. I was really pleased because my milk didn't come in until day 12, nothing not even colustrum so i had to bottle feed for a while.
I needn't have bothered packing my hair straighteners...
edited to add - i had mine packed from about 27 weeks because hubs works in A&E and one day he came home from work and insisted i pack it.
02/10/2014 at 08:54
I had a bit of a bleed at 29 weeks and had to go in to be monitored (all fine) but when I came back I ensured my bag was packed. I probably would have waited a little while otherwise. There were things I couldn't pack until the last minute like my glasses and phone charger, but I had a list on our notice board in the kitchen so that either of us could have put them in.
I packed way too much in terms of snacks, thinking I'd want to eat to keep my energy up during labour, but I was in too much pain to eat. I was grateful for them the next day as I waited hours to be discharged. Also little cartons of juice as I'm not a big fan of plain water and that's all they'd give me in hospital. This time I'll be sure to pack some Lucozade or similar as the MW sent my H out to get me some and he almost missed the birth!
02/10/2014 at 09:04
I packed mine last time at 33 weeks as I'd gone away to visit family for christmas & wanted to rake anything I needed with me just in case. This time round I packed my daughters bag at 35 weeks (so she can go to a friends). I'm planning a home birth so I've been adding to a birth box with things for me & the baby with 2 bags next to it in case I need to transfer in & hubby can put them in the bag.
Last time I packed too many items of clothes as I didn't have to stay in but I wouldn't change it. Like Ninky I packed way too many snacks but ate quite a few of them after labour (including a big bar of chocolate which I've yet to buy again)
02/10/2014 at 09:58
I forgot to pack clothes for going home in! Luckily they kept me in overnight so H picked some up the next morning. I also forgot flip flops so ended up walking round in my trainers. It wasn't too bad as I had my own room and bathroom but I wished I had remembered them.
Lots of people said to take straws. I didn't but my hospital provided them and it made it much easier to drink while using gas and air. Also, lip balm as my lips were so dry! I was also glad I packed food for H too as I was in labour overnight so the shops at the hospital were closed. Although somehow he got tea and toast after I'd given birth!
03/10/2014 at 06:57
Some really useful suggestions, thank you!
03/10/2014 at 10:12
I started mine at 35 weeks but it was only half done when I had to go in for monitoring at 37 weeks due to pains. It turned out to be nothing serious but made me get my bottom in fear and finish it.
I was glad I packed snacks as I was in for four days and I had lots of flapjack and things like that to munch on while I was on the ward. Also cartons of flavoured coconut water for during labour, it was very refreshing.
One thing I didn't need was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Why? Why?!
04/10/2014 at 07:22
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