Childbirth is one of the most painful yet the happiest moment of a woman’s life. It ends the wait of a couple, who finally hears the cries and witness the cute yawns of the baby but the first look of the baby is always memorable and overwhelming for both the parents. The journey from conception to childbirth is a mélange of all emotions.
This joyful moment needs some advance preparations too, where the expecting mother should get her pre-packed delivery bags done. A normal labor can occur between 37 to 42 weeks of pregnancy, so it is recommended that maternity bags should be packed in 37th week of gestation to avoid last minute rush. Since it is hard to calculate, how much time you will have to spend in hospital during and post labor, one must get the packing of hospital bags done. Below is a quick checklist of the stuff to be packed in delivery labor bag:
Important documents: Keep all the important documents like a photo ID, insurance card, previous reports and birth plan, if any.
Comfortable clothes: The clothes provided by hospital are comfortable but some expecting mothers prefer to bring their own clothes for that extra comfort. Also, keep a front open night gown and large sized flip flops. Large size slippers are recommended as there are high chances of bloating in feet after delivery. Don’t forget to add maternity underpants and feeding bras.
Memory catcher: Those who want to capture this joyful moment should keep a camera or camcorder in the maternity bag. Don’t forget to keep the battery charger along with the mobile charger.
Toiletries: Toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, facewash, moisturizer or any other item which you think is required should be kept in the bag.
Baby clothes: Don’t forget to keep a tiny cute pair of clothes for the baby. Keep a pair of socks, and make sure the dress should be covering enough for the baby.