Hospital Bag Checklist for Pregnant Women
I have put together the most in-depth hospital bag checklist for pregnant women. Well, based on my own personal pregnancy and childbirth experience I think I have it all covered. But please email me if I have forgot anything that was important to you.
What you pack in your hospital bag when pregnant will be a personal decision based on your needs. You don’t want to over-pack, but at the same time you don’t want to go without.
Now that I am a mama, I realised that there were probably a few more items I should have packed in my bag. So here’s my list to help you.
Along with this list below, you will also need to have a list for everything you will need for baby. But here at PregActive, our goal is to look after YOU so this list is for you.
It will also depend on whether or not you already know if you are having a vaginal birth or a cesarean. If you have a cesarean, you will likely stay in hospital a little longer.
Every newborn checklist is dedicated to only baby.
Hence, why it’s called a newborn checklist. But I also want you to prepare a checklist for everything YOU will need when you have a newborn.
I want you to start getting your ‘newborn checklist’ going well before the due date. As you commence your third trimester of pregnancy, now is the time to start preparing for childbirth and beyond. You never know if baby will arrive early.
After the exhilaration, exhaustion and one of many other feelings following delivery, you will start to turn all your attention to caring for your newborn baby.
While all of your attention will be directed towards your baby it is important that you also look after YOUR own comforts, health and well-being.
As a result, you will need to pack your bag with personal items that will contribute to your comfort, rest, recovery and relaxation. While everything is doting after your beautiful baby, I am focused on helping YOU! Let’s get started with your newborn checklist.
Your Hospital Stay
The length of labour varies for each woman so you will need to pack your bag just in case your labour is a long one.
The time you stay in hospital may also vary to others so you should always pack for a prolonged stay. Otherwise, you will be sending your partner back and forth to get what you need.
When you attend your antenatal classes they will advise you with what you will need to take. Your instructor can answer your questions specific to their hospital and what they do or do not provide.
At the end of your pregnancy, you will have a lot on your mind. I suggest you plan your hospital bag well in advance. This also gives you peace of mind just in case baby comes early.
This Hospital Checklist is an invaluable resource to help you prepare for the arrival of your baby. This detailed checklist will ensure you have everything you need for both you and baby.
Hospital Bag Checklist when Pregnant
1. Massage oils or body creams
2. Lip balm
7. Water bottle
8. Snacks you can’t buy at the hospital
10. Massage ball
Clothes to Out in Your Bag
1. Comfortable clothes during labour. An old nightdress or a shirt to wear is ideal.
2. Several pairs of warm socks.
3. Slippers or flat slip-on shoes.
4. Pyjamas that open in the front if you need to breastfeed.
5. Lots of of comfortable underwear.
6. Casual clothes, including front opening tops for breastfeeding.
7. Breastfeeding bras.
8. Clothing for the trip home.
9. Dressing gown.
What Else Do I Need for Hospital Bag when Pregnant?
1. Purse or money
4. Personal pillow and blanket
5. iPod and charger (don’t forget the headphones!)
6. Planner and pen
7. Nursing pads
8. Nipple cream
9. Flips flops (thongs) for wearing in the shower
10 Toiletry bag
11. Yoga / stretch pants for wearing home
13. Books / Magazines
14. Contact list (if not all on your phone)
15. Plastic bags for dirty clothes.
7. Face wash
8. Facial wipes
10. Nail clippers
12. Contact solution
13. Spare contacts
14. Hair ties
Documents And Paperwork
- Your birth plan and maternity notes.
- A pen and notebook.
- Medicare card and/or private health insurance card.
Yes, I know, you may not need or use all of these. But just in case you do, I want to add them to the list.
I recommend you make your own list. What is important is not to forget the essentials.
Most hospitals have a little convenience store where you (or partner) could buy some of these items.