1. Birth plan (if you have one)
It’s best to keep your birth plan short and sweet, and to really think through a few key questions which will help you communicate your wishes.
2. Extra undies and extra-absorbent pads
You’re going to need these after delivery. It might also be helpful to pack lidocaine spray or witch hazel pads (to relieve pain from tearing).
These items, and others, should also be on hand when you return home
3. iPod or other music playing device
There is nothing better for shifting your mood than playing the perfect song. Having music in your toolkit could save the day.
Plus, fresh batteries, your phone and phone charger.
5. Warm socks
6. Toiletries – including lip balm!
Hospitals are dry, and pregnancy has already taken a toll on your skin. Be prepared!
7. Going home outfit for your baby
When it comes to newborn clothes it’s best to keep it simple and stick with the basics. Don’t forget the mittens, socks, bonnet and receiving blanket!
8. A tube sock and three tennis balls
This is a natural way to help keep back pain at bay during labor.
Stuff the balls in the sock, tie a knot in the end, and ask your labor partner to roll the sock up and down your back. You can also stand against a wall with the sock between your back and the wall and press into the balls to help relieve tension.