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Being pregnant brings you in a carousel of feelings. You can get too excited at once and  worried a little later. There’s often a swirl of emotions that may be daunting. But then it all leads to the reality that you’re carrying a tiny human being inside your tummy that you’re going to see soon, and that’s amazing!

Before your due day, there are a lot of things to prepare. Your loved one’s room, clothes, name, papers, hospital documents, prenatal visits, in short, it’s crazy. But one thing you should never forget, packing your hospital bag.

There’s no perfect time when to do it, but some soon-to-be mothers prepare it between 32 and 35 weeks. But nevermind when it could be earlier, just as long as you don’t wait for your water to break before packing.

Check out these tips in packing for an emergency hospital bag during pregnancy.

  • Start with the basics. Don’t overpack, it’s always a bad thing to overpack at all times, and this includes your pregnancy bag.
  • List everything you think you need when it’s time to go to the hospital. You can start listing at 28 weeks or earlier. Check and update your list from time to time.

Ideally, you can bring two bags. One for you and your husband or birth partner and the other is just for baby’s things, whichever may be comfortable for you. The number of clothes you need to bring may differ. When you undergo a normal delivery, you usually stay in the hospital for two to three days.

Moms who’ll undergo a C-Section will spend more time in the hospital. You’ll likely spend three to four days in the hospital depending on your recovery.

Here’s a list of things to pack in an emergency hospital bag during pregnancy. Remember, this list is just a guide to the basics you’ll soon need.

FOR YOUR BABY

Here are some essential things you have to pack for your baby’s emergency hospital bag:

  • Onesies/Frogsuits that fasten in the front
  • Socks or Booties
  • Mittens
  • Hats or Bonnets
  • Baby Blanket/Receiving Blanket
  • Going home outfit
  • Diaper (Newborn)
  • Wipes
  • Baby towel
  • Approved car seat

FOR YOU

  • Birth plan (if you have one), ID, insurance information, hospital forms
  • Nightdresses
  • Loose and lightweight clothes
  • Sweaters
  • Headband or clips
  • Nursing bra
  • Underwears
  • Heavy-duty sanitary pads/Adult Diaper
  • Slippers
  • Non-skid socks
  • Toiletries, personal items, and some cosmetics
  • Going home clothes
  • Phone and charger

Optional:

  • Books and magazines
  • Hair dryer
  • Bath towel
  • Earbuds
  • Disposable maternity underwear (hospitals may provide this, but you can bring your own if you want
  • Breastfeeding pillow

FOR YOUR HUSBAND or PARTNER

You don’t only need to pack you and your baby’s things. You also need to prepare your husband or birth partner’s things in advance. Here are some things they’ll need while you’re in the hospital:

  • A change of clothes
  • Underwears
  • Socks
  • Camera
  • Phone and charger
  • Snacks
  • Slippers
  • Entertainment like books or magazines

So, you’re done. You can pack more that’s not on this list. After packing, check through your list again and check if something is lacking. Be practical in packing things. Most of all, enjoy this beautiful journey of pregnancy! There may be some really bad bumps in the ride (morning sickness, etc.), but the reward, in the end, is wonderful. Your baby will give you the shiniest sunshine you can never imagine.

Don’t stress and have fun packing your hospital bag!

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