Your due date is almost here. It’s time to get ready for that trip to the hospital. No one wants to be running around like a crazy person packing a hospital bag last minute. It’s good to pack one at least four weeks ahead of time as babies can come early. Have a checklist so you don’t forget to add those last minute items that can’t be packed early. I’ve created a printable hospital bag checklist you can grab at the end of this post to get you started!
Deciding who should be in the delivery room with you when you give birth is a big decision. It can have a big impact on how your experience goes. Birth is an amazing experience. You will be more exposed than perhaps at any other time in your life, you will likely spend at least part of the time mostly or completely nude. Make sure to take that into account when deciding who to allow into the room.
There are many questions you’ll have to make about your labor, delivery, and the moments directly after. A birth plan can help you discuss a lot of these ahead of time. Whether to request delayed cord clamping for your baby is one of these decisions.
This is post 27 in my series, 31 days of tips for the mom to be
None of the information in this post should be used in place of medical advice.
Birth affirmations can be a great tool to use during labor and delivery of your baby. They can help you to focus on the right things and get into the mental state needed for a natural birth. But they can be great for medicated or C-section births as well. Most of them are about your body being strong and capable, something to remember no matter what type of birth you end up having.
guide to birth affirmations
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A birth plan can be an important part of your birth experience. It can help you feel more prepared and in control of a situation that is really driven by what the baby decides to do. So long as you go into it knowing that it’s a plan, but will likely need to change a bit during the actual birth I believe having one is a great idea! Download my printable birth plan checklist to ensure you cover all the topics!
An important part of preparing for the birth of your baby is taking a tour of the hospital you plan to give birth at. If you have several hospitals to choose from you may want to plan your tours earlier so you can choose the one that is the best fit for you. Be sure to write down your list of questions before your pregnancy hospital tour so you don’t forget anything. Use my easy printable list of hospital tour questions to save you some time.