When did you pack your go bag and when did you have your first baby?

posted 5 months ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: When did you have your baby or babies?
    Early : (16 votes)
    53 %
    On Time : (6 votes)
    20 %
    Late : (8 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 46
    2405 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I packed mine the night before my scheduled c section (always late to the party lol) and dd came right on time (technically early as they took her out at 37 weeks). 

    Post # 47
    609 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    First baby I packed at 37 weeks.  She as born at 39+4, weighing 7lbs 10oz.  Second baby I packed while in labor, haha.  She was born at 39+0 (after a membrane sweep that day), weighing 7lbs 5 oz.  For me it wasn’t a big deal to pack in labor – labor started at home, and I packed before it got super painful.  But I imagine if I went into labor at work or somewhere more than a few minutes from my home, or if labor went very fast, I might be freaking out a little.  I wouldn’t suggest waiting til you’re in labor, even though it worked out for me! 

    As far as what to pack, I think pretty much everything has been said – comfy clothes, slippers, nursing bra/cami, toiletries, phone charger, chapstick, snacks.  A lot of people like a robe or nightgown, or their own clothes of some sort, but I actually preferred the hospital gown.  I just wore the gown, a nursing bra, and the mesh undies until it was time to go home.  It’s not cute, but it was less restricting than actual clothes.  And I’m in the minority in that I haaaaated the mesh undies.  I thought they were itchy and uncomfortable, and I’m pretty sure they’re “one size” so they were huge (I’m on the smaller side).  They’re almost necessary in the hospital because of the amount of blood, but I didn’t bother to take any home.  I just bought a pack of boy-short underwear in 2 sizes up from pre-pregnancy to accommodate the monster pads.  

    The only other thing I packed that I don’t think has been mentioned is the baby book, if you’re doing the typical scrapbook-type book.  It was nice to get baby’s footprints directly in the book instead of another piece of paper or something that you have to then transfer to the book.  

    Post # 48
    2092 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I packed mine literally a day before I went into labor– had my son at 36wk5d with no indication he would be an early bird! I was glad I packed it because after my water broke, I was just standing in the bathtub as I leaked grossness while Darling Husband ran around like mad getting everything together.

    Post # 49
    959 posts
    Busy bee

    I had to get induced at 42 weeks, so that was fun…but I had plenty of time to pack! I gave birth in a birth center, so my essentials probably differed from a hospital birth. Despite not using a lot of things I initially packed, I still plan on packing them this second time around just in case there are complications and I’ll have to transfer to a hospital for a few days, or something. Can never be too prepared, lol

    This reminds me I still need to pack for my next one! At 35 weeks right now so I probably should’ve done it already. 

    Post # 52
    505 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I basically packed while in labor- I didn’t need much and was using most of it on a day to day basis. Few pairs of stretchy yoga pants, nursing top and bra, jacket/cardigan, robe, toiletries, some snacks. I had a list of things to throw in the bag so it only took a few minutes. I delivered at 40w1d.

    Post # 53
    3444 posts
    Sugar bee

    I have a tip. I had terrible heartburn during pregnancy but I didn’t bring Tums or anything to the hospital. During each push, the heartburn got so bad I almost puked. It was an enormous ordeal to get Tums in the hospital so I ended up drinking milk between pushes. Bring your medicines with you.

    Post # 54
    333 posts
    Helper bee

    I packed while in labor because I’m a dumbass who couldn’t get it together ahead of time. It was extra fun because my labor started with my water breaking spectacularly, Hollywood style, all over the living room floor and contractions that I couldn’t really talk through immediately coming 2-3 minutes apart. I waddled around the house with a towel shoved between my legs to catch the amniotic fluid splooshing out during each contraction and my husband ran behind me mopping up what seeped out whenever the towel slipped.

    Basically, don’t be like me. 

    Also, my husband made a dozen trips between the house and the hospital in the 2 days we were there to take care of our dog, so I really didn’t need to take nearly as much stuff as I did.

    But definitely take newborn mittens. Those critters come out with long nails on day 1!

    Post # 55
    333 posts
    Helper bee

    Oh, also—take a bottle of ibuprofen for the nice little involution pains you’ll get and whatever kind of nipple cream you want to use. And a little bottle of dish liquid in case you need to clean pump parts. They’ll supply you with that at the hospital, but it costs eleventy billion dollars.  

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