What to pack in your hospital bag for labour

When it comes to preparing for childbirth for many first time mums (myself absolutely included) at around 36 weeks we start thinking about what we need to pack in our hospital bag for labour (our partners tend to think about what they need when you actually go into labour!)

In the lead up to giving birth, I think I trawled through 20+ websites looking at every tip and trick when it came to getting organised, so let me gift you this time back (read: go and have a nap!) as I share a health coaches guide for your absolute ESSENTIALS when it comes to packing your hospital bag for labour.

Before you pack your hospital bag, my first tip is to check in with the hospital and confirm what they supply for baby. Don’t make the same mistake I did, which was to pack an entire suitcase for Emma with nappies, wipes, onesies etc….only to have all of this available to us throughout our stay. For baby you will need nappies, wipes, an outfit to go home in, a wrap to swaddle, a blanket for the car and depending on the weather something to keep them warm like mittens and a hat.

Now for YOU, mummy to be!

What to pack in your hospital bag for labour

During Labour

  • 2 x dark nighties – choose a large size, ideally button down so you can feed baby.
  • Labour tools – things to distract you, like stress balls, tic-tacs to shake, pictures and magazines.
  • Rescue remedy– Have this handy to spray under your tongue throughout labour.
  • Labour Music – Get your partner to put together a long playlist of songs you love! Choose uplifting, fun, relaxing music to suit the different phases of labour.
  • Snacks– In the early stages of labour you will be hungry, things like fruit, nuts and bliss balls are fantastic for a quick and sustaining energy hit.
  • Relaxation tools– Something to create a nice atmosphere in the room. We used a diffuser and a relax essential oil blend which was really beautiful and made our room feel like home.

Post Labour 

  • Warm Clothes – You want to be comfy and it gets cold at night when you’re up feeding.
  • Breast and maternity pads- I loved the TOM Organic brand available at Woolworths.
  • Big black undies – The bigger the better! I bought mine from Kmart and lived in them for weeks.
  • Nice toiletries – The first shower after labour is quite possible the BEST you’ll ever had, spoil yourself and make it a nice experience.
  • Flushable toilet paper – Trust me on this one! Available in the toilet paper isle.
  • Arnica Spray- I bought this from the health food store and sprayed it under my tongue every few hours post birth and it helped the swelling and bruising down there.
  • Snacks, teabags and water – Hospital food is just WRONG! I packed some herbal tea bags, nuts, bliss balls and had some yoghurt and water in the fridge so that I was never hungry.
  • Chia Seeds – Anything to get your bowels moving. No further explanation needed!
  • Creature comforts – The little things YOU love, for me it was my hair straightener, nice moisturiser, and my diffuser so I could feel like myself!
  • Going home outfit – Something super comfy, and that you can feed in.

For my mummies to be, I hope this helps guide you when it comes to packing your hospital bag! I’d love to hear your essential items in the comments below!

As a health and wellbeing coach Penny works with busy time-poor working women who are struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Through her work, Penny helps women make simple choices around healthy food, providing ‘fuss-free’ recipes, wellness tips and simple everyday practices; to increase their energy, lower their stress levels and fall in love with real food so they lead healthier, happier lives.

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