We all know there's a lot for new moms to remember and it can become quite overwhelming. To help ease the pressure ever so slightly, here is a list of seven items that you should have in your maternity bag when baby decides to come along. Simply make a note of the items and go through the checklist, so that you can just pick it up and head to the hospital.
1. Prescription medication
If you are on any medication it is really important to have a few days worth of dosage in your bag. If you need to pick up a new prescription, make sure you do so in plenty of time. Also, talk to your doctor about how to continue with your prescription during pregnancy and birth.
Labor can last a long time and afterwards you're going to really want to freshen up, ready to look your best for baby. Take along anything you would usually pack for a weekend trip: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, gentle soap, shampoo, conditioner and a hairbrush. Don't worry if you do forget anything - there will be a shop in the hospital that you can send the hubby to.
3. Nursing bras and nipple creams
You're breasts are going to be incredibly sensitive and you might start feeding baby in the hospital. Pack a recommended nursing bra and nipple cream to help take care of your body and ease the pain.
4. Underwear and clothes
This might sound obvious but you'd be surprised how many new moms run out of clean panties in the hospital. Take about five pairs with you. Also, pack light, baggy and comfortable clothes that you can layer up.
5. Maternity towels
Like a sanitary towel, these come in very helpful when it comes to any unwanted leaks. They will leave you feeling a lot more comfortable and confident that your clothes don't get ruined.
Keep your energy levels up by packing seeds, dried fruits and some cheeky chocolate. If you're a fan of herbal teas, take a selection along. It's universally known that hospital hot drinks aren't that great.
7. Baby clothes
Pick out your newborn's first outfit, there are plenty of baby & toddler ranges out there to help with this. They'll want something soft, breathable and warm. Scratching mittens and nappies are a must too!
Now all you need to do is fit the baby seat in the car and you're good to go. Hopefully baby will appreciate the effort you have gone to for an easy breezy birth!