With just about 48 days after my delivery to our second child, Naomi, yes we have deliver the baby, I wanted to share my top five items that you should bring to the hospital during labor.
To start of, as any other pregnant mum I started to prepare my hospital bag at the latest on my 36 weeks of pregnancy. With a c-section coming up in just two more weeks after, I suddenly become a nesting mum who obsessively likes to clean the house and prep everything knowing that after the operation I won’t be able to do any cleaning whatsoever during the first two weeks (even more for me).
Since this is my second time, it wasn’t that hard to figure out what I need and don’t need to bring with me. But even so, I found myself bringing too many things in the end. So if you’re like me, here’s a tip on my top five items to bring with you.
- Breast pump – nowadays most hospital provide the in-room service for all newly birth. This means you can stay in the room with your baby which give easy access for breastfeeding. However, if you’re like me, I have to experience my baby sleep separately for a couple of day because she needs the blue light treatment. Since I wanted to exclusively breastfeed my baby, the nurse and the midwife suggested me to pump my breast milk every one hour. Imagine that, right after three days of delivery I have to start juggling with the time and fill up my baby’s tum tum which turned out having a boys appetite. Thankfully with the supply-demand situation that was going on, plus the natural remedy that I took I was able to provide the milk to her on time and on target. But in such condition, it would be more comfortable to bring and use your own breast pump. My birth clinic did offered to lend us their breast pump, but I was just not feeling it. The breast pump that I use is the Unimom Alegra automatic breast pump. This brand is new to my ear, but trust me when I say that it feels wonder to you breast. It has a silicone padding that makes it squishy and yet comfy when it starts to pull out the breast milk, and you get a manual head for a change in case you decided to switch on to manual. When I purchase this product, I also received ten breast milk storage bag for free. All that and only around IDR900k-ish with no additional charge on delivery service.
- Postpartum pads – though the clinic where I deliver provide us with this pad, I recommend other mum to bring their own from home. Based on my first delivery, the clinic/hospital usually charge you pretty high for such pad. While honestly speaking, I don’t necessary need a postpartum pads just the regular menstruation pad is all I need. It might be differ from one woman to another, but since I don’t have that much blood during regular menstruation the same thing happened on my post pregnancy.
- Spare pillow and blanket – a spare pillow is needed when you just undergone a c-section. Because my clinic didn’t provide us with extra pillow, I find it very useful to bring additional one from home. The pillow can be used to help you adjust the sleeping position (think of it as a bolster). Cause seriously, after the operation they wanted you to move and sleep either to your left side or right side to let the gas come out of the system. If I don’t have the pillow, it will be quite hard for me to keep in that position. Mostly cause I have a big figure. The spare blanket however we bring for my husband and son to use at night. Yes, I did have them to stay with me in the hospital just because I don’t like to be alone with the baby in a hospital. Probably too much watching horror movie during my younger time which now polluted the brain and turned me into a scaredy cat. With that said, I just despise the idea of staying in a hospital (red. any kind of hospital) and not having a companion next to my bed. Having my son and hubby during the three day post labor really help boosting my mood and knowing that everyone is within my reach is an ease at heart.
- Dry shampoo – let’s face it, who wants to get a shower right after a c-section and wash their fluffy hair? Well not me of course. Especially knowing that the doctor told you not to let the area with the bandages to be wet. So, I brought myself a mini dry shampoo. Before when I was with Rama’s birth, we don’t have dry shampoo in Indonesia, at least not that I know. So I ended up not having to wash the hair for a few days and looking droopy with an oily greasy hair. But now thanks to the trusty batiste dry shampoo, my hair still look fab for the whole week (I know…it is kinda gross). I do put it up on a high bun though to make it fresh just a bit.
- Breast pad and good nursing bra – I cannot suggest more than to bring yourself some breast pad and good nursing bra. Because regular bra just won’t make it. And no breast pad equals ruined clothes (due to breast milk residue). Me however, since the clinic provided kimono on a daily basis (twice a day), I find myself not wearing a bra is more convenient. But quite overwhelming especially when the breast milk started to let down from both breast at the same time. Thus, I cannot highly recommend you to bring a good nursing bra with breast pad to avoid my situation.
So those are my top five items to bring to the hospital during labor. Let me know in the comment below if you have other essential that you think is most important.