Monday, August 22, 2016

five unexpected things I'm packing in my (scheduled C-section) hospital bag

We're one week away from meeting our baby girl. After my long labors ending in C-sections with Silas and Delia, we'll be having a scheduled C-section next Monday at noon. It's a strange thing to schedule the birth date of our babe, and I think it will be even more strange to walk into the hospital knowing that we'll meet her within the hour. 

You can find all kinds of lists all over the internet detailing what to pack in your hospital bag for labor and birth. Some things seem a little silly to me (reading material? and everyone says you should bring chapstick for the dry hospitals, but I've never had issues with that...), and some are just obvious (your ID, a robe, baby blankets, a camera...)

As I made my list for our third C-section hospital stay, a few things popped up in my brain that I couldn't find on any other list, so I thought I'd share here. Just a few "outside the box" ideas that you might find helpful!

1. LED battery operated candles // I bought a few of these before Delia's birth, and we loved the soft glow and ambience they lent during middle of the night feedings. They made our hospital room feel a little bit more homey and I still have sweet memories of those first moments nursing Delia in the warm glow of candlelight. 2. Handheld mirror // After a C-section, there was no way I was going to be standing in front of the bathroom mirror to apply some blush and mascara, and a hand held mirror propped up on my bedside table was much more convenient. 3. Peppermint tea // One of the strangest and most painful parts of my C-section recovery with Delia was trapped air in my shoulder after surgery. Apparently it is fairly common for air bubbles to get trapped in your body, causing searing pain, often in your shoulder area. Lot of warm peppermint tea is one thing that my midwife at the time suggested to help ease it out, so I'll be packing some just in case. I've heard that peppermint has also been known to decrease milk supply, so I may throw in a few different varieties of tea to switch it up. 4. Rice sock // Nothing really made the pain of the trapped air in my shoulder go away until the bubble dissolved a few days later, but a sock filled with rice, warmed in the microwave helped alleviate the pain just a bit. I had my mom bring ours from home last time, so I'll be packing it just in case this time. A heating pad works well too! 5. Essential oils and diffuser // It's been almost a year since we started using essential oils, and I'm so thankful for their presence in our life. We'll definitely be diffusing lavender during our stay for calming, and I've also heard great things about the grounding effects of frankincense, so we'll be packing that along too. A few other things I'll be bringing to the hospital: nursing gowns (I've packed loose pants in the past, but last time found that I really just wanted gowns because of my C-section scar), our Miracle blanket swaddle, flip-flops (much prefer these to wearing socks), my own fluffy towel and favorite shampoo, soothing gel nipple pads (LOVE these things for sore nipples), camera (duh) and some cute outfits/headbands/hats for baby girl. 
I'd love to hear your must-have hospital bag essentials! 



  1. Due with my second baby in a few weeks and find myself packing much different things this time around! Like good smelling shampoo/body wash and my diffuser as well! I now understand the importance of just smelling good and feeling clean during that awkward post partum period!

  2. We strung twinkle lights above my bed which created that same glow but I'll definitely add those candles to my list. One thing I didn't pack but had brought to me by BFF was a margarita in a mason jar. All the praise hands.

  3. Great list! It remains to be seen whether Baby #2 will have to come via c-section but I might be looking back at this in a few months. I was woefully unprepared for our long stay in the hospital last time! Nightgowns rather than pants, my own cosy slippers, and my own towel will definitely be on the list.

  4. The rice sock helped over my incision as well. The warmth promotes healing!

  5. This sounds like a pretty smart list to me! Can you tell me about that blue nursing gown? I have trouble finding any that aren't low-cut so it'd be nice to switch it up!

  6. I'm sorry you had two long labors and surgeries to boot. I had 24 hours labor first time and a c section. Then went the home birth route and it worked out. Both were turned in the wrong position and thankfully my midwife read the cues and helped me get them turned (by different positions I was put into). Anyhow baby 3 is due in a couple months and I somewhat am jealous of scheduled c sections. Sounds better than tearing and labor ! One thought- add coconut water, water etc to your list. My nurses were never on the ball and I was so parched and tired of asking for more help. A nice lightweight robe and slippers were also helpful as I just layered that over hospital gowns and felt ten times better. Dry shampoo too was nice. Good luck...maybe the baby is already here so hope you are getting sleep :)


  7. ان ثقافة غسيل خزانات بالمدينة المنورة بصورة مستمرة و دورية هي ضرورية جدا للحفاظ عليها من كافة الرواسب الخطيرة والبكتيريا والطفيليات التي تعيش بداخل المياه
    شركة غسيل خزانات بالمدينة المنورة
    ، و كما أسلفنا الذكر فإن هناك العديد من المشاكل المترتبة على ترك الخزانات دون تنظيف وبشكل دوري ، ان شركة تنظيف خزانات بالمدينة المنورة تقدم لك تلك الخدمة الضرورية لحمايتك أولا والحفاظ على صحتك وصحة عائلتك حريصون على استخدام كافة الوسائل والأساليب العلمية الحديثة والتي نضعها تحت التطوير دائما لترك خزانك نظيفا
    غسيل خزانات بالمدينة المنورة
    ومستعدا لاستقبال المياه و تقوم تنظيف خزانات بالمدينة المنورة أيضا بخدمات اضافية مهمة لك وتعتبر أساسية لضمان النظافة المرغوبة .شركة تنظيف خزانات متخصصون أيضا في رش مبيدات بالمدينة المنورة ، و مكافحة حشرات بالمندينة المنورة ، و تلك الخدمات
    غسيل خزانات بالمدينه المنوره
    وبالإضافة لخدمة غسيل خزانات بالمدينة المنورة ستشكل درع حماية ضد كافة أنواع الحشرات و الأمراض و الجراثيم و البكتيريا التي يمكنها مهاجمة خزانك أو بيتك أو منشأتك.

  8. Great article, love your sharing so much, thank you!


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