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Delivery time is an undoubtedly a joyful and an apprehensive period, but everyone expecting a baby may have already speculated that there are a quite a lot of preparations that need to be in place by the time the baby arrives. This list gets inevitably longer for moms expecting a C-section. Since C-section may require the mother to stay at the hospital for a few days, you will need a whole lot of clothes and supplies to keep you and your baby comfortable.
Expectant moms who are already scheduled for a C-section will need to be prepared for this stay. However, in case you have opted for normal delivery, but circumstances cause you to require an emergency C-section; you will be in a fix. Hence, it may be beneficial to pack a bag just in case to avoid last minute confusion and stress.
What to Pack in a C-Section Hospital Bag
Remember that although all the things that you pack are for you and the baby, you will not be the one handling the bag. Since a C-section may bind you to the bed for a few days, it is very likely that your partner or a family member will be handling the bag. Keeping this in mind, it may be easier for you and them if you take the time to meticulously label the packs or create sections for easy access.
- Some things may also be given by the hospital, so you may want to check with your hospital contact before you stack up things that may cause excess baggage.
- Also, try not to hoard on to things that you will not need to avoid carrying extra weight. Since C-section gives you very little relaxation time, you may want to lay off those heavy books.
- While you can pack almost everything you need, it may not be a great idea to carry everything into the hospital room. Some things that you will not need until later can be left in the car, like the car seat, travel pillow, etc. Alternately, you may also want to leave it at home and have your partner pick it up later to avoid stuffing all things into the car at once.
- As your baby may choose to arrive pretty much at any point, listing down essentials and starting to pack at the start of the third trimester can be very helpful. Here is a C section hospital bag packing list that you may find helpful as you get ready to pack up.
Listed below are some things concerning you that you will need to carry with you post C-section stay. As mentioned, you may want to check with the hospital and leave behind the things that they provide. However, if you are comfortable carrying your own things, then you can do so too.
- Clothes: Stretchy, loose and comfortable clothing enough for three to four days. There is no understating the importance of comfortable clothing after a C-section. Although you’ll be changed into a hospital gown before and after the surgery, you may want to change in your regular clothes a couple of days later. Don’t get anything that sticks around the waist to avoid contact with the wounds. Also, avoid nylon or lacy fabric.
- Undergarments: Comfortable, stretchy underwear so that it does not feel tight or rub against your surgery wounds.
- Maternity essentials: Maternity clothing like nursing bras, maternity gowns, pants, etc.
- Other requirements: Towels, socks, blankets, anything that you may need to keep yourself warm. Some hospitals tend to provide compression socks after C-section
- Toiletries: Toiletries like soaps, shampoos, conditions, face wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair ties, moisturizer, body lotion etc.
- Sanitary hygiene: Maternity pads, since you’ll see quite a lot of bleeding like you’re on your period.
- Abdominal compression binder: To help protect the surgical incision and help you move around a lot better.
- Breastfeeding essentials: A breast pump. Hospitals may provide this. Nipple or breast cream. Most hospitals make this available.
- Comfortable slippers.
- Medical documents: Your medical records, documents, and insurance information.
- Financial requirements: Wallet, chequebook, cards to make any payments.
- Bathroom robes.
- Pillows: If you are particular about your pillow, you may prefer carrying a pillow and pillowcase.
- Warm clothes: Shawl or wraps to cover up during feeding.
- Straws: Bendable straws in case you can’t sit up straight to drink.
Apart from these essentials, there are a few things that you may want to grab on the way, like your phone, the charger, a laptop, a book or music, etc. However, be careful to not load too much and don’t pick up things that will not be put to use.
For Your Baby
After delivery, you will need to make sure that your baby is comfortable and well provided for. While most of the essentials for a baby are given at hospitals, it never hurts to carry your own. You may need:
- Clothes for the baby. It is best to carry a few pairs of clothes as babies are known to soil their clothes quite fast. It is recommended to get onsies that have socks at the end.
- You will need to carry extra socks
- Diaper bag with diapers, wipes, etc.
- Car seat for when you’re ready to take the baby home.
- Baby hats as babies are known to lose heat from their heads.
- Feeding bottle
- Talcum powder
- Baby blanket
- A couple of pairs of scratch mittens to prevent the baby from injuring his or her face or body with the nails.
- Baby jacket if you’re in a cold weather zone.
- Soft baby towels and some hand towels.
- Bibs to prevent baby spit-up from getting on the clothes.
- Baby hairbrush
- Baby nail clippers
- Waterproof sheets in case you plan on using cloth diapers.
For Your Birth Partner
Delivery time, if not equally, is quite stressful for your birth partner as well. Here are a few things that can help both of you prepare well in advance and a couple of things that you need to remember as you are heading out.
- Clothes for a stay over at the hospital.
- Warm blanket.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Toiletries like soap, shampoo, etc, in case frequent visits to home are not possible.
- Comfortable socks.
- Slippers or flip flops
- Wallet and cards
- Identification papers
- Insurance and documents
- Snacks and drinks in case he or she gets hungry during the wait.
- Laptop, books or music to keep entertained.
- Camera to capture the first few moments of your baby.
- Mobile phone and charger
- House keys and car keys
Once you’ve got all of these ready and good to go, you can focus on the more important things when the big moment arrives and pay complete and undivided attention to the little one who deserves it the most on all accounts. Prepare well ahead of time and ensure that you don’t miss out on the essentials necessary for you or your baby.
However, again, keep in mind to not take anything that is not necessary as there will be little space to store your things in the room cabinet. You may end up overcrowding the room which isn’t the best thing for both you and the baby.