No matter how prepared you are, when your water breaks and you are rushing to the hospital, you need to at least not worry that you have everything you need for labor and birth.
What should you have in your overnight bag?
What should I pack for labour?
1. A dark-color and comfortable dressing gown
You should have an old t-shirt for labor and the dressing gown for walking around in the room while you’re waiting to go into labor. A dark color hides any stain.
2. Lip balm
Self-care extends to the day of labor and since lips tend to dry out in hospital air, lip balm is often an overlooked essential!
3. Isotonic drink
Replenish those lost electrolytes.
Straws are a good idea because you need to be able to comfortably take in liquid during labor.
5. Your phone
Essential to keep family members updated and to record the process. The phone’s timer can also be very useful for tracking the frequency of contractions. Make sure you bring a portable charger as well.
6. Lotion or oil
In case you want to be massaged… Even having someone massage your foot can help you settle into the labor process comfortably.
7. Hair brush, toothbrush and change of clothes for after labor
Basically when you are packing this overnight bag, you should think about the very basic items you would need for any overnight trip.
8. Baby blanket and baby wear
Onesies are usually the baby clothing of choice for the very newborn.
Do bring adequate nappies as newborns can go through as many as 12 in a day
10. Maternity pads
You might go through quite a few maternity pads as well so go prepared!
11. Arnica cream
Many women swear by arnica cream but it shouldn’t be directly applied to a wound.
12. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, bring your birth notes!
Even if everyone is briefed in terms of your preferred plan, going over notes may help you feel reassured.
Keep a list of the items you have put into your overnight bag and if anything else comes to mind, update your list accordingly. This seems obvious but you’d be surprised by how overwhelmed you can get in these 9 months; there are things you simply won’t remember. Being systematic about things like your overnight bag packing can be very useful! You don’t want to be ransacking the bag a couple of weeks before birth not remembering what was already in it.