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What NOT to bring to the hospital…

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It’s a good idea (even a GREAT idea) to have your bag packed several weeks before your due date.

Remember, of course, babies don’t have calendars, so they don’t always come on their due date. I like to think of it more as a due month

But while you can probably think of many things you would like to take with you (and don’t forget extra pillows with BRIGHT pillowcases) there are a some things that you are better off leaving at home.

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  • Your favorite nightgown and undies—During the first 24 hours post-partum, you will be happier in a hospital gown and the underwear they provide. You will bleed fairly heavily for the first few days after birth, and don’t want to risk staining your favorite clothing.

 

  • Makeup—Unless you’re one of those women who just absolutely will not be seen without your makeup, leave it at home. You’ll be busy getting to know and taking care of your new baby. A little lip balm, along with some moisturizer and a hair brush will be all the beauty essentials you’ll need.

 

  • That book you wanted to finish reading—If baby’s abirth13sleep, you should be asleep. You’ll need your rest to recover from labor and delivery, and to handle the upcoming weeks. And when baby’s awake, you’ll be getting to know and taking care of your adorable new baby. Trust me, you won’t have time to read.

 

  • Candles- leave the candles at home. Open flames and rooms with oxygen equipment donlavendar’t mix. If you want to bring a comforting scent from home bring a lotion or oil that your partner/support person can massage you with (lavender is a very soothing scent).

 

 

 

~ Next we’ll talk about what you WANT to bring with you to the hospital…..stay tuned~

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