Labor & Delivery

5 Amazing Items for your Hospital Bag to Make the Stay Comfortable.

If you are a first time mom then you are going to experience so many firsts, and it’s such a huge part of your life I can almost guarantee one thing will skip your mind, the hospital stay itself.

If you are a bit more seasoned momma then you know that the hospital stay has some discomforts that are more than actually bringing your baby into the world.

Body Pillow

You probably have heard that it is nice to have a comfy pillow from home, but it’s more than a homesick comfort item.

I dreaded the hospital bed. The one in delivery was horrible and made my bum fall asleep and if you had an epidural (I still felt this annoying pain) or if your water broke, and you’re not moving around as much, then you doing whatever you can to get some relief for your tail bone.

I would place the body pillow behind me folded up and sit on the 2 or 3 hospital pillows. This honestly made the stay so much more comfortable each time, bonus is that it gives your arm a nice prop when feeding baby.

Water Bottle

Most hospitals will give you a cup with a straw and its a nice size and all, but having one that doesn’t have the “hospital smell” is even better.

Not only that (and maybe I’m just weird) but trying to navigate a straw to drink in between pokes, prods, and some times pushing was adding an annoyance that could have been avoided.

Easy solution is go with what you know. If you work out or just drink water on a regular basis then use what you would in the same situation. I mean this is one of the biggest “work outs” of your life (see what I did there?).

Small Fan

This is one that I don’t see on most lists but it is my swear by.

After you have your baby, no matter how you had them, you have a large fluid shift and when you have that fluid shift it has to go somewhere…

You will be using the bathroom a lot, and you will sweat even more.

A personal fan like the one you would put on a work desk helped with this wonders, yes they keep the hospital on the cooler end but it still only helped so much…also a breeze is well welcomed when you can see out side but can’t be outside just yet.

Phone Charger

I know this one seems like something you wouldn’t forget but I have and my hubby has all of the brand new baby photos that I wish I had right away. Not only that but labor doesn’t always go to plan and let’s face it phone are everything. Pictures, entertainment while waiting for an induction to get things rolling, music to play while you are rolling on a ball and so much more. You’ll want your phone, so buy and pack up the extra charger.

Granny Panties

Need I really explain this one? Nothing tight but they feel better than fishnet undies and hold the mega pads in place a bit better.

Labor & Delivery

Maternity ward during the Covid19 pandemic.

It was different giving birth during the pandemic than any other one of my pregnancies.

  • No visitors were allowed.
  • Only one support person was allowed to be with me and was not able to leave and come back .( my husband who still slept through a good part of the process so that stayed the same)
  • The whole staff wore masks, the whole time,which gave (me, the person who watches way too many horror movies) an unbelievable eerie vibe.
  • No newborn pictures came (I actually preferred this because newborns look like aliens and one less person to bug the little milk monster I just got off my sore boobs)

It was go time, after a very high risk pregnancy with bubs my OB decided it was time to pull the plug and get an induction going at 39 weeks 1 day. Now this was heartbreaking for me because this was my last baby and I knew for the safety of myself and others that no one would get to meet him (and still haven’t for that matter.) There would be no flowers, no balloons, no smiles from friends and loved ones that have supported me through this tough pregnancy.

I was however lucky enough to be in a state that would allow me to have one support person permitted that they stay the duration of the time I was a patient. My lovely husband Luke stayed true to his job of sleeping through the boring parts and this time actively waking up when my epidural wore off and I was pushing (He was awake for the last baby I swear). Husband holding my thigh and laying, there with about 7 blue masked faces staring down at me, and having a rushing thought of “If aliens are real I’m sure this is what their victims see directly before being probed.”

My little fat man made his way into the world after 3 pushes and was placed on my chest which gave me the feeling of familiarity and amazing emotions that I’ve felt before putting everything at ease… and then he peed on me.