So I made it. 40 weeks and no baby yet!
I was 5 days overdue with my first and beginning to think that my babies like to arrive fashionably late. What I did wake up with 2 days ago on my due date was a head cold and fever! An indication of labour or something I caught from my toddler? The latter is my guess. My daughter is a very affectionate 2 year old and is always holding hands or hugging the boogery kids when I go to pick her up from nursery school at the end of the day. Although, I have heard that when labour is eminent, symptoms are similar to that of the flu or a common cold.
So I am just resting and waiting for baby, trying everything I can to cure this cold. I need to have enough energy for the labour, delivery, and the first 2 nights with baby (yes, I did ring for a nurse to ask her what to do with my baby who wouldn’t stop crying all night as my husband, looked upon me, panic stricken as if we were in over our heads!) You need extra pre-labour/delivery sleep if you have the luxury of a little time to yourself.
Today I made sure that I had all my ESSENTIAL items packed in my hospital bag and thought I would share a few items that may be helpful to you. Refer to photos for a visual too!
- Firstly, I am not a breastfeeding pusher. If nursing works for you, then go for it. There are wonderful formula’s out there today as well with most all the fundamental nutrients that breast milk will give your baby. I believe that a happy mama is a happy baby. Period. I went in with no expectations of how I would feed my baby and whatever worked, was obviously the route I was going to take. It happened that my daughter latched right away and when she did, I just thanked the heavens for Earth Mama Natural Nipple Butter. This incredible soothing healer is good enough to eat and safe for baby so that you don’t have to rub it off before you nurse. Made with cocoa seed butter, olive oil, shea butter and other delicious vegan ingredients, this non-goopy and non-toxic emollient heals anything red or cracked! $10-$14. Available at natural grocers and most baby specialty stores.
- During labour and afterwards, lip balm is necessary. Hospital air is dry, you will be dehydrated after birth and you don’t want your baby to feel anything but smooth lips as you bestow millions of kisses on your fresh bundle. Really, use any kind of lip balm that works for you! I am a fan of Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm as I find the moisturizing effects last longer than most (and I have tried many). I also love the smell of beeswax and coconut oil, which are two prime ingredients. Available at most drugstores.
- Flip Flops. After that sweat fest, a shower will be so desired by you … and your partner. I have big enough feet that my husband can squish into my flip flops but if your partner can’t, grab a pair for them too!
- Hard Candies. My favourties happen to be Jolly Ranchers as I love the powerful fruit flavours, not to mention they make me feel, warm, fuzzy and nostalgic for summer days. Anything that gives you the warm and fuzzies during labor and/or delivery is vital! You wont’ be able to eat anything except ice chips once labour starts or you are having a planned C section. I needed hard candies to keep my mouth moist and my energy level up!
- A few pairs of PJs at the hospital and a STACK for when you get home! You will want everything to be loose fitting around your body afterwards. Button down tops are convenient if you are nursing too. The reason that I say a stack of pajamas is because over the first few days post-birth, you will pee through, sweat through, and lose many other really sexy things (NOT) that your body is trying to dispose of that will have you in a movie montage of sleepwear. I like Joe Fresh PJ’s. They are all elastic waistbands with adjustable drawstrings, roomy, and you can usually buy them on sale. It’s worth picking up a few pairs as they are only $15-$20 each!
- Warms Socks. My favourites are any shade of Root’s Cabin Socks. Hospital Rooms and ORs tend to be chilly and the floors are cold. $18 for a pack of 2.
- Lastly, I included a sample of my own personal playlist that is ready to go on my nano shuffle. Music is a good thing to have at the hospital. During labour and/or delivery, there is potentially a lot of waiting around and hairy moments where music is just what you need! My choice for birth is a mix of soothing sounds, my all time favourite mellow tunes, and ancient mantras of India and Tibet. The beautiful Sanskrit chants will help me to get into a groove so I can stay focused through contractions and other challenging moments during labour. Enjoy!
- For a full list of what to pack for the hospital, I think the bump’s list is spot on!