One Month to go? What to pack in my hospital bag and what to leave at home.

I'm now 36 weeks pregnant so as people keep telling me this means that I could have the baby any day now. It might also mean she's 6 weeks away. It's a fun waiting game. Every time I have any of the signs of early labour I feel the need to share with my partner that the baby might be coming. I'm fairly sure that when I do go into labour he won't believe me.

I'm feeling good with my PGP, restless legs and heartburn not yet getting any worse, and only an increase in backaches and getting increasingly out of breath as my lung capacity gets squished.

A side view of me at 36 weeks pregnant pulling a pouting face

The reality that the baby could be here is making me panic slightly about what I need to get ready. I've lost count of the number of times I've said I need to pack my hospital bag, but is it packed yet? Maybe tomorrow.

Ten things I will be putting in my hospital bag:

  • Change for parking at the hospital. 
  • Chocolate (I haven't been able to eat any for ages due to my heartburn, but having something to keep my energy up during or post labour would be helpful so I plan to reunite myself with my favourite food). 
  • A bikini top and t-shirt. I hope to have a water birth, but I'm not keen on the idea of having so many spectators to my nudity. 
  • A breastfeeding nightdress, bra and socks so I can do ward chic. 
  • My phone charger (I'm hoping not to be in hospital for long, but my phone is always an essential) 
  • Baby wipes. With my daughter I thought I would get in trouble with midwives if I used wipes instead of cotton wool. Then I tried cleaning meconium poo with cotton wool and water. Wipes it is. 
  • Newborn nappies. 
  • Newborn baby clothes, something cute for the early pictures. 
  • A present for M from her baby sister. 
  • A going home outfit for me. Something comfortable and stretchy. 

And ten things I probably won't:

  • A mini bottle of champagne 
  • Paper pants. I would rather buy some cheap big cotton ones and chuck them away afterwards, I can't believe paper pants are comfortable. 
  • A video camera. I have half jokingly asked my partner to take some photo's from the business end though. 
  • My DSLR. While I would love to have some beautiful newborn pictures I don't think I want to be worrying about the safety of my camera while I'm in labour. 
  • Mood lighting. It was suggested on my NCT course that the lighting in hospital rooms isn't helpful for a relaxed labour and we might want to bring some more gentle lighting? 
  • Music. Another suggestion for a more relaxed labour, but I'm not sure I would be comfortable boogieing around the labour ward. 
  • Formula/ bottles. If I have problems establishing breastfeeding this time round there will be time to buy these and I would rather hand express into a syringe. 
  • Anything to read. I'll have my phone with kindle app, but I hope to not spend so long in hospital that I'll want to do lots of reading. 
  • Body lotion or anything to confuse the baby from my "special scent". 
  • Teddies etc for baby. They only entertainment my baby will need is me, and maybe her Dad.

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