– Georgina Clarke, Georgina Clarke Blog
A handheld fan that sprays water at you!! Godsend! Or a flannel so you can dampen it and pop it on your forehead.
– Jenna, Then There Were Three
Snacks!!! You don’t know how long you’ll be in for and you’ll need energy!
– Lianne, Mrs Mummy Harris
High waisted pants – if you have a C section there’s nothing worse than anything running on your scar!
– Katie, My Family Fever
Moist toilet tissues! They helped me with the stitches made it slightly more comfortable than the dry stuff!
– Chelsey, Cece Lauren
Countless pairs of cheap black knickers. There’s a lot of blood, you’re going to need them…and probably bin them after!!
– Laura, Five Little Doves
Lipbalm. Essential if puffing on gas and air.
– Helen, All The Beautiful Things
An extra long charging cable for your phone, especially if you have a long labour or need to stay in longer. Standard size ones don’t often reach to the bed!
– Jodie, Maidenhead Mum
A big baggy nightie for afterwards – comfort at its best.
– Jade, The Newly Weds Site
Lucozade sport!!!! I went through so many. I got really thirsty and they also gave me something else to do & think about other than labour!
– Rachael, From Rachael Claire
Something to read! I was having a home birth and ended up with an emergency section so totally wasn’t fully prepared to be in hospital for 2 days. Once hubby had to leave I was pretty bored just stuck in bed for so long a book would have been Awesome!
– Chantele, Two Hearts One Roof
Sweets!! Either for labour or the middle of that first night when the euphoria starts to wear off and you’re exhausted! Nothing tasted as good as the share size bag of giant chocolate buttons I demolished at 3am that first night mid feed!!
– Hayley, Devon Mama
Lotion. My hands get so dry every time I wash them, and there is a lot of hand washing in a hospital! Also, my husband has never been so willing to give me a foot rub as after I’d just given birth to our child, and lotion makes that feel better too!
– Nicole, Nicole Roder
Your own pillow! Makes the world of difference. It not only smells of home but makes those awful plastic beds feel more bearable to sleep on.
– Beth, Twinderelmo
Headphones – I spent ages just sitting listening to relaxing music during the early stages.
– Maria, Happy Mummy
Slippers, but ones that are easy to slip on without needing to bend down. The hospital floors can feel a bit rough and I hate walking around barefoot.
– Jo, Miracle Max
A black towel. There is a lot of blood after giving birth!
– Clare, My Money Cottage
Straws! It’s a lot easier to swap between the gas + air mouth piece to a straw to drink your Lucozade in!
– Jessica, That Mummy Blog
Loads of menstrual pads. For all the lochia, and for using over the c section incision to protect it from bumps (if you’ve had one).
– Nyomi, Nomipalony
Empty carrier bags to put dirty clothes in! I didn’t pack them the first time and it wasn’t fun stuffing poo and amniotic fluid covered clothes into the side pockets of my hospital bag I can tell you!
– Georgina, Gee Gardner
Arnica tablets for me! I took them within 30 mins of giving birth both times and although I was tired, I never had that ‘hit by a bus’ feeling everyone told me about and I never ached or felt too bruised either! I swear they helped my recovery
– Kerry, Lived With Love
Not important tbh but I was so thankful for having some; Chewing Gum. I was in labour for over a day and because I had an epidural I couldn’t get up for at least 6 or so hours after giving birth. I was desperate to brush my teeth so I was grateful I had some!
– Sarah, Just Buttons Blog
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