What are the contents of the hospital bag for a c-section?

You just found out that you are giving birth through a c-section, and many questions and thoughts are going through your mind. You are thinking about the preparations you must make before your upcoming birth. In this article, we will answer your questions on the contents of the hospital bag when you are about to go through a c-section, to help you better prepare.

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When should you prepare the hospital bag?

It is best to prepare the hospital bag during the last trimester of pregnancy, and not wait until the final weeks. You might need to order some things online, which might take some time to arrive. And remember you can keep adding to your hospital bag until your due date.


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Tips to prepare the hospital bag

– Write down a list of all that you need to put in the bag.

– Get a bag that is neither too big nor too small, so that it can hold your and your baby’s essentials, and that is not too hard to move around.

– Put the baby’s essentials at the bottom because you will not need them immediately.

– Place your things on the top so that you can access them easily when you get to the hospital.

– Put your ID and insurance card in an external pocket so that you can reach them easily and so that they are not soiled with your makeup or other toiletries.

Mom’s essentials in the hospital bag for a c-section

– Sleeping gowns with front buttons for easier breastfeeding. You might be in the hospital for days so pack a few gowns. Gowns are better than pajamas because they won’t affect your c-section incision.

– A robe.

– Nursing bras.

– Either low-rise underwear that goes below your incision or high-rise that goes above it.

– Two or three pairs of socks.

– Comfortable slippers.

– Your preferred type of feminine pads.

– A list of the medications you are taking.

– Your ID and insurance card.

– Phone and charger.

– Headphones.

– Lip balm.

– Hand cream.

– Makeup, don’t be surprised you will want to look your best after giving birth.

– Toothbrush and toothpaste.

– Bath towel.

– Shampoo.

– Shower gel.

– Deodorant.

– Hair tie.

– Water bottle.

– Snacks, such as dates.

– Nursing pillow.

– Nursing cover.

-Your eyeglasses or contact lenses.

– Book or magazine.

– Going home outfit, make sure it is comfortable and won’t press on your incision.

The newborn essentials in the bag

– Swaddle.

– Onesies.

– Overalls.

– Going home outfit.

– The baby hat.

– Baby gloves.

– Blanket.

– Diaper cream.

The husband’s essentials in the bag

– ID and insurance.

– Wallet with money and credit cards.

– Phone, charger, and headphones.

– Water bottle.

– Snacks.

– Slippers.

– Socks.

– A book or a magazine.

– Pajamas in case he will spend the night at the hospital.

– Toothbrush and toothpaste.

– Deodorant.

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