Make sure you include these little extras in your hospital bag. They’ll make the world of difference to your birth experience. By Lisa Witepski
By the time you pack your bag for hospital, your pregnancy brain will probably be in full swing – which means that all the things you were planning on taking with you may sit forgotten in your bedroom while you lie in the ward wishing you had a brush for your bed hair. But if you make a list and include these items – your comfort will be guaranteed.
- Your phone charger. How can you update your WhatsApp group if your phone isn’t fully charged?
- Snacks for you, for your partner and visitors. Chances are you’ll go into full munchie mode as soon as your baby starts feeding. It’s also nice to offer your visitors a biscuit or piece of cake.
- Your own pillow. You’ll be in hospital for a few days, especially if you’ve had a C-section, so some home comfort will be more than welcome.
- Dry shampoo. If you’re not up to standing in the hospital shower cubicle, you’ll be grateful for this – after all, clean hair is an instant pick-me-up.
- Facial wipes. We’re not all Superwoman, and doing a full facial cleanse may be a bit beyond you after having your baby, but it still feels good to refresh yourself.
- Lip ice. The mixture of medicines and physical exertion can leave your lips feeling sticky and dry.
- Night-time sanitary pads – just as effective as maternity pads, but more comfortable.
- Bridget Jones panties. Those pads aren’t going to fit into anything smaller, are they?
- Linen savers. You might not need them, but just in case.
- Vases for the flowers your visitors bring you.
- Arnica – a great remedy for swelling and bruising, whether your birth was natural or C-section.
- Wound and grazing powder for your little one’s umbilical cord.
In her 16 years as journalist, Lisa Witepski’s work has appeared in most of South Africa’s leading publications, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Entrepreneur and Financial Mail. She has written for a number of women’s magazines, including Living & Loving, Essentials and many others, across topics from lifestyle to travel, wellness, business and finance. She is a former acting Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Cosmopolitan, and former Features Editor at Travel News Weekly, but, above all, a besotted mom to Leya and Jessica. Lisa blogs at whydoialwayscravecake.blogspot.com and lisa.witepski.blogspot.com, and tweets at @LisaWitepski.