The hospital bag checklist - on every pregnant woman's to-do list. It was strange, during my pregnancy with William and Noah, I stayed in the labour ward on five occasions, yet never 'officially' packed a bag. After my waters broke with William at 20 weeks, I knew it was just a matter of time before I went into labour, yet I still couldn't bring myself to do it. When the contractions did eventually arrive four weeks later, we haphazardly stuffed items into a bag, in a haze of shock and terror. We forgot a lot, but when you know you are about to give birth to death, packing contact lenses and socks just doesn't seem important.
With Henry, I was much more prepared. I wanted to savour packing a bag for myself and my baby. I cherished tucking tiny mittens and hats into his changing bag, alongside miniature nappies and baby grows. I searched out lists and ensured I had everything on it.
We had a lot of bags. I think every mother has been guilty of packing too much, just in case. Since giving birth to my three boys, I know my essentials are simply lip balm and a hair band for labour, and LOTS of big comfy knickers, plenty of maternity pads and spare PJ bottoms for after the birth. A facial mist and a fan would have been nice as hospitals resemble saunas (yet strangely my feet always remain cold) and having a pair of slippers available is always useful.
When I arrived at the hospital to give birth to Henry, we left the baby bag in the car, feeling it was tempting fate too much if we brought it into the hospital before we knew our baby had arrived safe and well. So it was an especially poignant moment when Matt went to collect it, leaving me with Henry curled up in my arms - safe, warm and alive.
Matalan have prepared this very comprehensive hospital bag checklist, a thorough guide to everything you could possibly need during your stay. It's perfect for printing and using as a reference in the later stages of pregnancy.
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