My hospital bag was a bit different than your average bag because I knew I was having a c-section. I didn’t pack a labor bag and I didn’t bring anything in with me until after the birth. We knew we wouldn’t get a room until after we were out of recovery, so hubby brought my stuff in later.
I love making lists, and during my pregnancy I made a lot of different lists. I had a hard time finding a good list for c-section mamas, and most of the lists I found had WAY too much stuff! Get a list of what you need from your hospital – they will tell you what to bring and what they provide. Your hospital should provide everything you and baby need. No need to bring your own towels, underwear, or hospital gown. Trust me, you’re going to ruin them, and who wants to do more laundry than necessary when you’re at home with a new baby!
You might be asking yourself, why bother with makeup or a hair dryer? Honestly, I was skeptical that I would use these, but I did! I was in the hospital for 4 days and 3 nights. I showered by myself the second day and put on my nursing nightgown and robe. I didn’t put on makeup or do my hair until the day we left. The morning before we went home I showered and changed into my yoga pants and nursing tank top. I just wanted to feel human again and blow drying my hair helped with that. You’re dealing with a lot, so don’t be afraid to bring what makes you comfortable and remember, you can leave it in the car until you need it.
Bring lots of liquids that you like, you’re going to be drinking more fluid than you ever thought possible. The good news is, you won’t have a bladder the size of a quarter anymore. I was drinking 100% pineapple juice mixed with coconut water. The pineapple juice is supposed to help with inflammation (hello blocked milk ducts!) and the coconut water is hydrating. I was also drinking water but I get sick of plain water after about one glass.
That extra tote bag: bring it! Everything in that room is yours and you should take it home even if you don’t think you’ll need it. Diapers, pads, mesh underwear, bulb suckers, gauze, baby shampoo, everything! I even asked for more of some things. Stuff it in that tote bag and take it with you.
And last but not least: don’t stress! If you forget something, your hubby or one of your very nice visitors can go grab it for you.
1.slippers/socks – they provide cozy non-slip socks (I still wear mine), plus your feet might swell even more after birth
2. books,magazines, or entertainment – you won’t have time for that! (and if you do, you should be sleeping)
3. underwear – you won’t want to wear anything but those giant beautiful mesh “undies” and you don’t want anything near your scar
4. Clothes/diapers/wipes/hats for baby – they will provide everything baby needs