Things to Pack before Leaving For the Maternity Hospital
Approaching the due date brings a mixed bag of emotions with it. Happiness, anticipation, the thought of seeing the baby for the first time, sense of relief and release from physical discomfort and a myriad of other emotions. With this comes a bit of anxiety as well. It is prudent to expect a time of whirlwind and madness coupled with never felt emotions for both parents. Every birth is different, every mother is different, and the same mother can feel differently when she gives birth the second or third time. Interestingly, every time one feels unsettled and learns new ways to cope up with this.
How can one prepare herself well amidst all the unpredictability? Exact minute of a baby’s arrival, her health, and the birth experience – these are not under anyone’s control. But what can be organized is creating certain To Do checklist so that the external environment around the mother and baby are in control. E.g., it’s worth keeping a hospital bag handy and pack the things a new mom would need.
What is the perfect time to pack the hospital bag? Ideally, one should have the bag ready by the time she is 36 weeks or 37 weeks pregnant, just in case one goes into labor early.
Here are some ideas.