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What to Pack For the Labour Ward
If you’re anything like me you’ll be packed, unpacked and re-packed 10 times by the time you’ve hit 34 weeks. I massively over packed with my first, here’s the more sensible version from my second jaunt over at the labour ward…
•Spare pants for after – Think Bridget Jones – Buy big – Buy Cotton. They will be ugly but they will be comfortable.
•Sleepwear, warm socks and slippers – You may have to stay over for a day or two,, make sure you’re comfortable.
•Maternity Pads AKA ‘Pant Mattresses’ – A couple of packs for after, even if you have a C section.
•Toiletries – Take your favourites as you’ll be so thankful of them when you have a bath/shower after the big event.
•Your big girl pants – It is scary, it will hurt, but you can do it. Take a big dose of courage, trust that you are perfectly capable and help will be at hand if you need it!
For your birth partner
•Snacks and paracetamol – They might have to sit around feeling like a spare part for a long time. Make sure they have some juice at least – and paracetamol. If you’re anything like me you’ll probably give them a headache.
•Clothes – Lovely, tiny, soft, pretty baby clothes.
•Nappy bags – So you don’t get crap everywhere.
Try to be minimalistic, you’re not going abroad for a fortnight. If you need supplies your partner/family will most likely be glad of the opportunity to feel useful.
Good luck and Congratulations!