Labour & birth Pregnancy Your labour survival essentials Give birth as comfortably as possible with our labour saviour ideas. 1 of Ad break Your labour survival essentialsYouve had your scans, met your midwife, and should be just about ready to go. When you actually get down to business youll want to feel as comfortable as possible. Heres our essential checklist of what youll need to make your birth and time in hospital as relaxed and contented as possible. Your labour survival essentialsDress For The part Youll need something practical and comfortable to give-birth in. Hospitals are warm at the best of times so make sure you choose something strappy - during labour youll get hot! These nighties are not only pretty but have easy drop down cups for breastfeeding afterwards. Grey Sweet Dreams Nightie, £30, Bella MamaBlue Printed nightie, £28, Mamas and papas Your labour saviour essentials Be comfortable You might prefer a hospital gown but not an over-sized, over-used one supplied by your hospital. Cut like a real hospital gown but jazzed up with stylish colourful fabric, Maternity Gowns from The Pretty Company will make delivery and recovery more comfortable. Angelina Maternity Gown for Labour & Birth, £34.99, The Pretty Company Your labour survival essentialsKeep Your Cool Youll be hot, bothered and bound to perspire so make sure you take the following to keep you as cool as possible:Hair bands to keep your hair out of your face.A soft flannel for your birthing partner to mop your brow in times of need. Refreshing face spray to cool and calm you down. Hair bands from a selection from asos.com and accessorize.co.ukEau Thermale Avene spring water spray, £5.50, Avene aval at boots.co.uk Continue slideshow > Your labour survival essentialsDont Dehydrate Have plenty or water at hand. A natural sponge is a good idea as you can then suck water from it which ever labour position you happen to be in. Your lips will get dry during labour so a lip balm will also come in handy. Boots original beauty formula lip salve, £5, Boots.comHoneycombe Natural Sea Sponge by The Natural Sea Sponge Company, £9, Beautiful Pure UK Your labour survival essentialsPost birth Necessities After the birth you may need to spend a bit of time in hospital. Keep warm and comfortable with the following:A cardigown to wrap yourself up in after all that hard work. Youll need slippers as you'll be sure to do plenty of pacing. Bedsocks, just for extra cosiness - you've earned it! Sorbet "Summer Romance" flower ballerina slippers, £12, Additions DirectSoft & Warm Cardigown in Soft Pink, £79, Babes with BabiesStripey Pink Alpaca Bedsocks, £34.95, pressies4princesses Your labour survival essentialsStock up on zzzzzzz's Youll be exhausted and will need as much sleep as possible before you take your little bundle home. An eye mask is a must to block out the hospital light glare. Fabulous Eye Mask, £6.97; Lavender Silk Eye Mask, £8.49, both Pressies4princesses Your labour survival essentialsStay fresh Your body has just been through a lot and so you may not be able shower straight away. Take some face and body wipes and hand sanitiser to freshen up easily. Plus dry shampoo works miracles on greasy hair!Vitamin E Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes, £5.50, The Body ShopQuash Moisturrising hand sanitiser, from £1.99, Quashme Klorane Gentle Dry Oat Milk Shampoo, £6.95, Boots Continue slideshow > Your labour survival essentialsClean as a whistle When you are ready to wash properly spoil yourself with lovely travel toiletries and plenty of soft body cream to replenish any lost moisture during the birth. Burt's Bees Travel Shower Kit, £14.99, AmazonAustralian Organics Replenishing Creme Moisturiser, £8.95, John LewisWonder-Full Balm, £18.50, Mama Mio Your labour survival essentialsHome-time Its possible you could still look approximately 5 months pregnant for a few weeks after birth and you could still feel quite sore. As taking your baby home is an exciting time why not having some new clothes to go home in? Something soft, comfortable and a little bit luxurious is a great choice. Cashmere Cardigan, £120; Jersey Leggings, £20, both Mamas and Papas By Babyexpert.com Last updated on 4 March 2009 Comments Latest on MadeForMums The 12 BEST things about being pregnant Mum's 'overweight' post-baby pic: 'My body can wait. My life is beautiful' Should smacking be banned all over the UK? Cheryl's new mum confession: 'I hated being pregnant'