As I finally started packing up my hospital bag this weekend (and with only 12 days to go until baby d day), I started thinking of all the things that I need and want with me at my bedside. My journey is a bit different from that of someone who’s planning to give birth naturally, so there’s definitely a bit of a skew in my thought process. I’m planning on being in the hospital for more than 24 hours, I also know that the c-section comes with some unique symptoms like major swelling (everywhere), increased thirst, sore tummy, shivers and so on.
Now that you know where I’m coming from, see what’s in my hospital bag, or at least some of it!
The Warm Sweater: I get major shivers after my c-section, and they last at least 24 hours, sometimes more. I shake uncontrollably and the hospital blankets are inadequate, even warmed up. So I like to have a large cozy super soft sweater to throw on top.
The iPad: Because I know I’ll be in the hospital for at least two days there are definitely down time moments. The babies tend to sleep so much those first few days and my husband likes to nap a lot too, so I want to bring some form of entertainment….if for nothing else but to FaceTime or Skype family from my hospital bed.
The Dry Shampoo: OK. I don’t even think I need to elaborate on this, but you likely won’t want to shower in the hospital. I did the very first time I had a baby and it was pretty gross. Never again. Now I bring wipes and deodorant and dry shampoo to tide me over until I go home and can shower in my own bathroom.
The Slide Sneaker: I find there is a lot of swelling after a c-section…like everywhere swelling. My ankles, legs, feet, hands, they swell to about double the size that they were when I went into the hospital to deliver, and they are usually pretty swollen then too. I usually can’t bend because of the surgery so easy, but warm and comfy, slip on shoes are a must.
The Maternity Pyjamas: This set is special because its not only crazy soft but comes with a nursing tank! Its loose but cute still for photos, and totally functional with a robe to throw on when I leave the room. I didn’t have anything like this when I gave birth the first two times but I so wish I had.
The Water Bottle: I am insanely thirsty after I deliver. Probably because of the medication they pump into me during my c-section along with my milk and hormones coming in. So having a water bottle that I can easily have Michael refill is a must.
The Cozy Slippers: Not only do I want my slippers to be cozy at the hospital but I want them to be cheap AND rubber bottomed. Other than me, everyone else is wearing outdoor shoes and carrying around all sorts of germs and dirt. I got these slippers during a promo that VS was having where you got free slippers with the purchase of a PJ set (hint hint they do this all the time so just watch for it!). I plan on wearing them at the hospital then tossing them in the garbage when I leave. Can you tell I’m a bit of a germaphobe?
The Coming Home Outfit: Comfy, button down, loose pants. Those are my requirements for my coming home outfit. Since its March and still cold out I can’t just throw on a loose dress, so this maternity outfit is my go-to.