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Preparing Maternity Bag

It’s almost time to bring your baby to the world and a perfect time to gather all the essentials for giving birth. Collect all your birth and labor necessities – And while you may not be planning a hospital birth, it’s still important to pack your bags during the 36th week of pregnancy.

Ensure that you understand the hospital’s policies on the allowed items. Doing so will enable you to enjoy a good relationship with the management as some hospitals have less space for many items. Here are the must-have items in your delivery bag:

i. Important documents
Documents are a must-have in every maternity bag. Bring enough copies of your ID, health insurance information and birth plan (if you created one). You will also need the hospital registration forms; some hospitals require records verification before signing in.

2. Slippers and socks
Always keep your toes clean. You should have your slippers on all times, regardless of whether you are strolling or visiting the washrooms. Besides, taking a bath necessitates the use of slippers. Staying in a bed all day can make your body sore. You should have an easy-to-clean pair as the hospital floor makes them dirty easily. Besides wearing socks keeps you warm at all times.

3. Smartphone and charger
We all know the importance of phones- Besides the usual calling and texting you will need them for assistance in the hospital. With the internet, you can download helpful apps like white noise and contraction timers. Having chargers in handy ensures that your phone remains reachable at all times.

4. Toiletries
Body wash, shampoos, deodorants, toothbrushes, and toothpaste are the toiletries to carry. Preparing for delivery doesn’t mean putting body care to rest. Always remember to carry your lip balm and a moisturizer- being pregnant can cause your lips to dry. Other necessities include a towel, soap, and petroleum jelly.

5. Sleeping gowns and wear
Not everyone loves a hospital gown! Carrying an extra sleeping gown provides a good sleeping that is suitable for walking. Do not forget to buy several pairs of undies if you dislike the mesh underwear the hospital provides after delivery.

You do not have to fit all your bed customizers in your hospital pack bag but with the essential items, you will your hospital stay more enjoyable. You can also customize your own essential bed provided you do not crowd your hospital bed.

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