Giving Birth: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag
Getting closer to the big day? Have your bag ready by the time you’re about 36 weeks pregnant, since you could go into labor at any time in the weeks before your due date.
Here’s what to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery.
- A picture ID (driver’s license or other ID), your insurance card, and the name and phone number of your baby’s doctor.
- Your birth plan, if you have one.
- Pack a few personal items, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, a brush and comb, makeup (if you’re planning to use it), and hair ties or a headband. Hospitals usually provide soap, shampoo, and lotion, but you might prefer your own.
- Eyeglasses, if you wear them. Many expectant moms who wear contact lenses opt not to deal with them while in the hospital.
- Cell phone and charger. You may want to bring an extension cord in case your hospital bed is far away from the nearest outlet.
- Whatever will help you relax. Possibilities include your own pillow (use a patterned or colorful pillowcase so it doesn’t get mixed up with the hospital or birth center pillows – and remember it might get stained), a picture of someone you love, essential oils (get permission from the hospital or birth center ahead of time), and anything else you find comforting.