Getting Ready To Pack For Hospital

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Mal - November 22

Hi girls! I'm 35 weeks pregnant w/ my first. I am getting ready to start packing for the hospital. I have been given a list in my childbirth class, but I am still unsure about a couple things. Especially what kind (and how many) pads I will need. Ugh! Does anyone have any suggestions on a kind/brand that works best or has worked well for them? Also, is it necessary to bring your own pjs, because won't you just mess them up?? Thanks for your help. Good luck everyone!

 

Jamie - November 23

The hospital will supply you with pads. But, bring whatever kind *you* like. If you want thin ones, go for it, but realize you'll probably have to change them every 15 minutes or so the first few days. My hospital had this awesome pad that was also an ice pack...omg, I LOVED that thing! As for PJs, I brought my own, and did not get them messy. It was nice being able to feel *pretty* again after so many months of being huge and swollen.

 

maya - November 23

how long is an average stay in the hospital after birth?

 

Debi - November 23

Hi Mal, you're almost there, congrats! When I first read the thread the only thing that I could think of is pads. This is my 4th pregnancy and after the first I realized that I hate my hospital's, they have no adhesive on the back and they slide all over the place. I just brought what I use for periods, a maxi (I prefer Always brand, but to each his own) I seem to be one that bleeds quite a bit so I just bring one bag with me and what I don't use in the hospital I bring back home. As for pjs, I hate the hospital gown too, this will be my 3rd c-section and I have learned from experience that you need to get up and walk asap after the surgery, the gas build is so intense and the pain is bad, so moving around (even though it hurts is better in the long run) is good and I prefer my own clothes, even just a t-shirt and a pair of lounging pants or pj pants. (As long as I had my own pads they didn't get messy) I'm sure that you will find that you pack too much, because I think we all do, especially for the baby, but for me by #4 I think I may have it down now, we'll see in 11 weeks. lol!! Good luck :)

 

Jamie - November 23

I think your best bet about pads is to check with the hospital about what kind they provide - cause the pads my hospital provided had plenty of adhesive. In fact, I'd almost say they had too much adhesive for the mesh panties they gave me to wear. Maya, it depends where you are, and what happens during your delivery. I believe that in the US the stay is 2 days for a normal v____al delivery, and 4 days for a normal c-section. I personally got stuck there for 2 days while being induced/in labor, then an additional 5 days after a c-section because of eclampsia.

 

Stephanie - November 23

Girl I packed all these pretty gowns to wear at the hospital.....did I use any of them.....NO!! lol....I stayed in the hospital gown the whole time. Trust me you don't want to mess up any of your pjs....You will bleed like crazy for days after (for me it was weeks after) and they will give you all the pads you need! There like freakin diapers!!! But theres nothing you can buy thats big enough or thick enough to handle your bleeding. I had plenty left to take home too. Just a word of advice....as for as much as you can think of to take home with you....pads, diapers, pacifier, nipple shields, formula......they will give you so much, but you have to ask.....I just had my baby Sept. 26th.....All I can say is I never thought or wanted to be a mom, but instead of having an abortion ( yes i did think about it) i decided to have her and once I laid my eyes on my precious baby girl I knew my life would change forever. That moment was the best moment of my life and she's been a blessing ever since!! Good luck and congradulations! Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Mal - November 23

Thanks girls for your responses. My hospital told me it would be a 2 night stay for a v____al birth, and a 3 night stay for a c-section. Unless there are complications of course. Thanks for all the great ideas. It's making all this alot easier :0)

 

Jamie - November 23

Ooh, yah...make sure you have a bag packed for "complications" - hoping, of course, you won't have any. I did, however, and I got stuck for 7 days, 6 nights, in that stinking hospital. My husband didn't want to leave me to go get me extra stuff (like something to do!) or even to go shower himself...so if you have that extra "emergency" bag already packed, just leave it at home when you go, so that if the undesired happens, all your partner has to do is go grab the bag and come back.

 

Amaya's mommy aka Stephanie - November 23

If you are wanting your own pj's keep in mind b___stfeeding (if you are planning on doing so) dont get something that will be hard to work with. I took a night gown that had b___tons up the front so I could easily unb___ton the gown and feed w/o having to pull the whole thing up. Also the hospital provided pads and underware (they are like mesh and the hospital pads fit in them) I hated them but the ones I took (they were Always with wings) would not hold enough and after like 10 mins I was bleeding through them.

 

Mal - November 23

Yep, I plan on b___stfeeding. Thanks for the advice. I'd hate to have the whole gown up over my head...lol I was going to try to buy the pjs (pants and top) that has the slots for b___stfeeding, but they're like $30 and I didn't want to get them messed up. I see that I'm going to need to bring some of my own pads. I guess I should get the big thick kind??? I usually use Always...I don't know if they make the big thick ones??? Thanks for all the advice :0)

 

Stephanie - November 23

If your going to bring your own pads to the hospital you might as well by some depends adult diapers. They don't make pads you can buy big enough to hold that much blood. They will give them to you at the hospital

 

Mal - November 23

Adult diapers...OMG....seriously?? That'll be fun going thru the checkout aisle! LOL

 

Stephanie - November 23

Yep, it's that bad! lol...don't buy any of that stuff. They will give you more than you need at the hospital. I had a huge bag full left to take home with me.

 

Mal - November 23

ok...that will save some embarra__sment... :0)

 

Jamie - November 23

Honestly, I didn't bleed that much. It was just like a heavy period. (Could be because I didn't actually deliver v____ally - baby got stuck, had to have a c-section) And, go ahead and buy the pajamas - no one says you have to wear both the top and the bottom!!! You could just wear the top, and then wear crummy sweats or something for bottoms.

 

Mal - November 23

good idea Jamie...thanks!

 

Terra - November 23

I didn't like the pads the hospital gave me with my first.. I'll be bringing pads from home, I'm going to be definately bringing the Long Maxis with wings.. Because for the first bit, there is alot that comes out of you. bring your own pj's etc for after you've delivered, just change your pads frequently.. You shouldn't make a "mess" And bring cozy things, nothing worse then a hospital gown.

 

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