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Nothing beats the joy of counting the days until your little baby is here, but a pandemic can undoubtedly be somewhat of a killjoy. As if things aren’t already prone to being overwhelming without it, now there are more aspects to take into consideration.
“Can my husband come along for all my prenatal checkups and appointments?”
“Are visitors allowed after birth?”
“Is my husband allowed in the labour room?”
“Are there extra safety measures I should take before heading to the hospital?”
We know how worrying things can seem at this point, but first, take a step back and catch a break. If you are careful with the preparations and stay in touch with your hospital and gynaecologist, rest assured that everything is going according to the way it should. There’s also never a time too early to start thinking about any parts of the preparations, so even if you’re still in the second trimester, do stay and find out what to have on your checklist!
Now, while we may not have answers to all questions you have, there is but one we could help with! If there’s one thing all parents-to-be have wondered over the course of the pregnancy, it is “What (else) should I pack before leaving to the hospital?”
Packing for Labour in a Pandemic
So…what’s the difference? Why do we need an updated checklist? Because time and situation have changed and unfortunately, not really in the best imaginable way. We have now been in a pandemic for over a year. Luckily enough, we have clear, proper rules to abide by no matter where we are – including the hospital.
That said, it can still be confusing to figure out if there are things missing from your hospital bag checklist. With time running out and you are nearing that huge red circle date on your calendar on which you’ll welcome your little one, don’t worry!
Lucky for you, we are compiling a list of things parents would generally need or want to have in their hospital bag. Take what applies to you and leave behind what does not!
What Should Be in Your Hospital Bag:
- Important Documents: Birth plan, hospital forms, ID & photo, insurance info, etc.
- Your Phone. Along with the charger cable or power bank.
- Warm Sweater or Robe
- Comfortable Pyjamas or Sleepwear
- 2-3 Pairs of Non-Skid Socks
- Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, facial cleanser, shampoo and condition, deodorant, lotion, etc.
- Maternity Bras & Nursing Pads
- Maternity Underwears & Pads
- Hairbrush, Headband, or Hair Ties
- Lip Balm
- Dry Snacks
- Tools for Entertainment: Any reading material or music playlist on your phone.
- Prescribed Medicine (if any)
- Hand Sanitisers
- The hospital might have some prepared for you, but you can bring any that you prefer to use as some hand sanitisers can be slightly drying and irritating to the skin.
- Face Masks
- This, too, may be prepared by the hospital for you. Of course, you can opt to bring extra ones if you prefer to.
Items to Pack or Bring to Hospital for Baby:
- Infant Car Seat
- Warm Blanket
- Outfits for Baby to Wear When Going Home or if Required to Stay Further in Hospital
- Booties & Mittens
- Items for Dad’s Entertainment; Books, iPad, Etc.
Undoubtedly, some changes will take place in hospitals due to the pandemic in curbing the spread of the virus. Try not to panic and keep on following the general rules; keep your distance from others and stay at home when there are no important reasons to go out.
What to Check with Your Hospital
Make sure to check beforehand with the hospital on whether your spouse is allowed to go with you for checkups, be in the delivery room, etc. Some hospitals may not allow frequent movements in or out, so both you and your husband may be bound to the place for a while and will only come out when you are discharged. If this is the case, make sure to pack enough essentials for both of you. In terms of postpartum or newborn materials, you can also ask the hospital about what they will provide, such as diapers and face masks for the parents.
All in all, don’t worry and don’t pack too many unnecessary items that may not be used at all during your stay at the hospital. Go with the flow and when in doubt, consult the hospital and your gynaecologist. When you have a clear idea of how your hospital procedure will go, it’s easier to plan or foresee how many things on the checklist you will need when the time comes.
Need to release the body tension and stress during pregnancy without having to go out? We bring a spa-like prenatal pregnancy massage right to your doorstep! This way, you can have your body aches relieved in the comfort of your own home. Our therapists will also work to improve your circulation, thus reducing the swellings caused by water retention. These are just a few of the benefits of pregnancy body massage that you can reap.
When you are ready to embark on your postnatal recovery journey, PNSG is always at your service with our postpartum confinement massage package selections to help make it a much smoother experience! We have massages for mothers across all maternity stages – from pregnancy until your postpartum slimming journey. Just give us a call if you need to know more, and we’ll be happy to be of help to you!