Tuesday, 7 July 2015

What's In My Hospital Bag + Your Chance To Win £100 Mothercare Vouchers!

When I found out that I'd be having a c-section birth with my first son, one of the first worries I had was what I'd need to take with me for my hospital stay.

With a c-section birth your recovery time can be longer, your hospital stay can often be two days or maybe even more and so the amount of "stuff" you need to take in with you obviously increases.

As a first time mum it can be really daunting to know what to take along - I found hospital bag checklists from trusted companies such as C & G Baby Club really helpful when narrowing down what to take with me.

But it can be hard to know what changes to make to your hospital bag when you're having a planned c-section delivery - many things stay the same of course but there are certain c-section specific items that can be really useful.

With that in mind, I've put together a little video discussing what I packed in my hospital bags for my c-section deliveries which you can see below.


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167 comments

  1. To be honest, I think you have remembered everything! What about thank you cards to start writing out as the baby gifts start to come in?

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  2. A bottle of water!

    AShleigh

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  3. great video & tips, esp the knickers!!! :) The only other thing i have packed in my hosp bag are some gluc tablets. I couldn't keep anything down & they did give me a bit of energy until i could.

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  4. Senokot tablets as I got terribly constipated.

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  5. Snacks! I found that although hospital food was nice enough - I was peckish in between! :D

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  6. Great tips here Hayley, thank you! I've also packed a few bibs for baby in a vain attempt to keep the vests clean! ;-) x

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  7. your own soap expensive in hospitals and there own is like rubbing sandpaper on yourself x

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  8. Tweezers, to take your nails out of your birthing partners arm!

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  9. I would bring some little baby wipes, just something handy if you want to freshen yourself up quickly x

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  10. baby wipes and hand sanitizer.

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  11. Hand sanitiser and flushable toilet wipes!

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  12. I think you've pretty much covered everything although I would pack snacks too as hospital food isn't the nicest haha! X

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  13. Snacks for when u get the munchies and a mini fan. I was so hot in hospital as we had the hottest room on the ward so as we didn't have a little fan I had a family member bring in my desk one from home.

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  14. Something sweet for an energy boost

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  15. Selfie Stick or hipflask

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  16. I would defo take some baby wipes and some disposable underwear - I felt constantly aware of my personal hygiene whilst I was having my daughters :)

    (Elizabeth H)

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  17. has to be a bottle of water

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  18. Cooling Spray Mist

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  19. Wipes or hand wash within reach to just have a freshen up whenever you want particularly as the heat in many hospitals is turned up fully x

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  20. I'd say lots of spare knickers!

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  21. hand wipes and a bottle of squash are going in my hospital bag

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  22. bottles of water are very handy

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  23. Snacks, wipes, haemorrhoid cream...,!!

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  24. Change for the car park and some sweets

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  25. cooling mist spray refreshing and cooling especially in this weather

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  26. Muslins. They have a billion uses!

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  27. SnacK's and food to keep you going

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  28. Birth announcement cards and thank you cards. Hospital is the only rest you will get for a while 😃

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  29. Chocolate, to take away the taste of the meals!

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  30. Wipes/Antibac Gel

    Kirsty Fox

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  31. lots of snacks, even though I was fed in the hospital I wanted more food

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  32. I had a c section with both of mine, second one was an emergency and an awful experience. I would recommend packing LOTS of food! I was soooooo hungry after going nearly 18 hours without food!

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  33. Water and some healthy snacks, not the sugar laden vending machine snacks!

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  34. I put a few Lucozades in the freezer so I could take out on the way to hospital so I'd have a few cold drinks during labour.

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  35. Baby wipes because it might be difficult to get mobile to wash if you hve to have a c-section. I had an emergency c-section and it was 48 hours before I could get up and wash or shower.

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  36. I found I needed snacks and drinks with both my children and forgot to pack each time so that would probably be something to pack

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  37. Books, magazines, something to entertain yourself!

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  38. I would also pack ipod & headphones, magazines, playing cards because there's a lot of waiting around. My wife even packed scrabble and quite deliberately decided to have her contractions just when I was going to put down my first ever 7 letter word. Never got a 7 letter word since ;o)

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  39. Music to listen to when your in labour x

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  40. Masacara... Amazing how a little touch up can make you feel normal

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  41. loose change for car park and any other odds and ends you may need.

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  42. Take some money and loads of drinks

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  43. I think a few snacks and drinks would be a great addition

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  44. Disposable knickers! Great for those first few days afterwards.

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  45. If breastfeeding take some Lansinoh cream - great for preventing sore nipples!

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  46. Something like a book or mags for when you need a little escape xx

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  47. What other item would you suggest to take along in a hospital bag? . . . . . l think you've got it sorted - maybe some puzzle books

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  48. snacks and a magazine

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  49. Lucozade to give you a boost

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  50. You've covered lots, water and snacks. :)

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  51. Snacks preferably chocolate to treat yourself ;)

    -Farhana

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  52. Snacks, I get peckish at the hospital and hand sanitiser due to my OCDness :)

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  53. Snacks like biscuits and a puzzle book or tablet with app

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  54. some of your fave chocolate for you and only you.

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  55. You thought of items I wouldn't have considered & I've had 2 kids! Like most people say maybe some snacks.

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  56. A camera and a brush! You'll need to look flawless for those fits piccies!

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  57. Wet wipes can be handy if it's hot in hospital to cool you down.

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  58. One of those little battery powered fans for yourself - it gets too hot on the ward!

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  59. Perfume, just to make you feel like you smell nice afterwards.

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  60. Sweets and chocolate for energy of course :)

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  61. An Ipad or similar to keep yourself occupied.

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  62. Some squash or cordial to make it easier to stay hydrated.

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  63. Definitely some squash. The gas and air really affected my throat and it was so nice to have something more than water to drink. x

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  64. You have it pretty much covered! but maybe Snacks.

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  65. I was so hungry in the middle of the night, so I would take lots of snacks!

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  66. A little mini fan was very useful for me as I felt really hot.

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  67. I think you've covered a lot! Defo breast pads and some easy access pjs for feeding! I am thinking about mine at the moment as 26 weeks pregnant x

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  68. Moist toilet wipes are on my list :)

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  69. I can't think of anything new but agree with snacks - something to give you energy.

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  70. plenty of snacks think you have everything covered x

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  71. Jelly Babies for an energy boost!

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  72. Snacks and vaseline for dry lips.

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  73. Nothing extra to add - but wanted to suggest using the mega maternity pads to also stick into the front of your underwear to stop the pants sticking to the stitches/scar.

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  74. Plenty of bottled water and snacks!

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  75. I think you have everything you would need

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  76. snacks - you could be there for a while!!

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  77. Water wipes are my favourite thing! I would add a support pillow too, this helped me to sleep after having mine

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  78. snacks, i didnt really like the hospital food as i have food intolerances

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  79. You will definitely need snacks...everyone needs snacks :) .. and not so much packed but make sure if you have to stay in longer than you planned that someone brings in some fruit.... with the dry sucking-moisture hospitals you can get really constipated :/

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  80. Jelly babies- they wake your mouth up when it's hot & dry

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  81. my ipod to listen to some tunes

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  82. Some snacks for afterwards - I had some chocolate packed.

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  83. Snacks and bottles of water.

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  84. I'd take my bullet journal to jot down ideas that come to me

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  85. Definitely snacks- I was starving first time round. Didn't make that mistake second time and won't this time!

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  86. Mascara and eyeliner so you look good for the photos. ;)

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  87. Snacks - maybe for me (depending on how I'm feeling) but definitely for the husband!

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  88. i had a thing called laboraide that you put in your mouth to clench down on during contractions, i loved it!

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  89. Lots of snacks and the moist toilet wipes

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  90. A rose face spritz. Something your other half can do for you so he feels useful, the rose will be calming and the mist will be cooling!

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  91. I make sure I pack ear plugs and eye mask for my C-section deliveries as you're always in for a few days and sleep is nigh on impossible on post-natal ward

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  92. Glucose/Energy Tablets, I found them really helpful to keep me going especially during night feeds.

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  93. lip balm - gas and air really dries your lips

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  94. just some snacks and drinks, maybe some glucose tablets? x

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  95. Some tissues, for those inevitable tears

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  96. I'd say snacks... but maybe that's just me! hahah

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  97. A mini-fan - hospitals are always so hot and some snacks :)

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  98. I can't think of anything else! what about some cooling mist? x

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  99. A cooling bag as the water is so hot & can keep some chocolate in there too

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  100. sallt as hospita dont put on anything

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  101. Chocolate and Sweets, after 13 hours of labour and then a c section this did the trick!! :-)

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  102. A pocket fan and a bottle of had wash.

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  103. Some snacks to keep you going x

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  104. I can't think of anything else, but perhaps an eye mask for sleeping as hospital wards can be noisy and light if you have to stay overnight.

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  105. That list was so extensive I felt like you got everything!
    I always took a big bottle of Evian Water and a big bottle of cold Pepsi Max as I found that I was just so thirsty in the hospital. I don't know if it was the air con?
    I also liked taking some lip balm as I needed it as the air con was very drying on my lips.
    The thing I forgot last time was nursing bras. I couldn't believe that I left them out of my case!

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  106. I can't think of anything else! I packed a hand held fan which was amazing as I was so hot.
    I would use the voucher to buy my little boy a Summer wardrobe he has just grown out of all of his clothes.

    Sophie
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  107. books, magazines, or a tablet computer.

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  108. Extra pairs of pyjamas...no one warns you how much blood leaks!!!

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  109. Some thing to nibble on, fruity sweets worked well with me.

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  110. Sweets! :) and anything that makes you feel comfortable and happy x

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  111. Wet wipes and lots of bottled water.

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  112. my essentials would be an eye mask and ear plugs so you can get some rest even if it's light and other people are making noise.

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  113. A plastic jug! To help with the sting when you pee.

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  114. Some snacks! I was so hungry after giving birth...

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  115. Some antibacterial wipes for when things are a bit dodgy looking

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  116. Antibacterial wipes!

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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