With the arrival of your new baby getting closer every day, there are lots of things on your mind no doubt and an ever-growing to-do list in your diary. Packing the hospital bag requires military precision to ensure you have all you will need for yourself and your new arrival.
Of course, if you have other children at home, you need to have a plan in place in case you need to leave for the hospital in the early hours – Grandparents, friends or babysitters need to be on call. But something you may overlook is the fact that your labour may go on for quite a while, and if it is during the night, there will be no hospital canteen or shops open to keep you (and your partner) going. So what should you bring?
It is useful to have something on hand to keep your energy levels up if it is a long day or night.
It is useful to have something on hand to keep your energy levels up if it is a long day or night. Keep the snacks low in fat and high in carbohydrate – labour can be an endurance sport so keep it simple. Some hospitals may require you to fast during labour so check that out with your midwife beforehand.
Suitable ideas include:
- Chopped fruit in a tupperware container
- Small sandwich ( chicken/turkey/banana)
- Wholegrain biscuits / crackers / energy bar
- Bottle of water
- Dried fruit and nut mix
- Flask of tea
You may not need to use your own foods but it will be a comfort to know that you have something in your hospital bag to keep you both going if you have a longer wait than expected to meet your new son or daughter.
Click here to download our Hospital Bag Checklist and you can add the snacks that you plan to bring with you for your labour.
If you would like any further help or suggestions please contact our Careline.