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What to pack for my labor bag?

Hi ladies!!  Its about the time that I should pack my bag for when I go into labor.  What did you find ESSENTIAL?  What item(s) just took up space in your bag?  I do not want to overpack, but I want to make sure that I don't have to send Evan back to the house for anything. 

A little background:
- Birth center (attached to a hospital) that is very forward thinking and mother friendly.
- Only 10mins from home.
- They can accommodate vegetarian/vegan diets no problem!
- Evan will not be spending the night as we still have Bella to tend to and do not want to board her.  *This might change depending on when/if my Mom can make it up (7 hour drive for her).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!!  :flower:

I was naked for almost the whole thing :-D the hospital gown bugged way too much.

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By the time the staff gets around to pushing on your abdomen, it'll seem like a walk in the park.  ;)

I was only in for 36 hours with a c-section.  I was begging to go home after 24.  :P

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I was naked for almost the whole thing :-D the hospital gown bugged way too much.

I was naked for most of my labor too! I usually am not too much of a naked in front of other people kind of person, but I guess I was just in the zone!

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pg ~

You didn't scare me. :) I'd rather have people tell me things to inform me and not just to be alarmists (which surprisingly a lot of people will come out with the most RIDICULOUS pregnancy/birthing/baby stories ever and you know they are lying/stretching the truth).

Standard stay for a vaginal birth is 48 hours here.  You have the option of leaving earlier if it is what you want and your doctor OK's it.  I'm not sure how long a c-section recovery period is.... probably 4 or 5 days (I'm assuming).

I had a c-section Monday morning and left the hospital Wednesday morning. I walked around the lake with the baby in arms on thursday! yes, all in the same week!!!
but, I am amazing, so....

that is all true, but the recovery at home from a C is long...you will feel like shit for a week if you have one. like can't get out of bed shit.
but then after a week, it gets easier. hopefully you wont have one. I had 2!

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^LUCKY!

I hear about quick recoveries all the time. I swear I think I'm the only woman who went through hell for as long as I did. I was still feeling it weeks after my son was born. It took so long for me to get back to normal. Many people don't listen to the "no sex for 6 weeks" recommendation. There was no way that would've been possible for me. My recovery with my 2nd one was quicker, but I was in more pain right after having him.

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I'm hoping to avoid a c-section.  Yeah.... I'm not a fan of the idea of pushing a child out of my vagina, but that is pretty much what it was built for.  I really hope my recovery (regardless of the type of delivery) goes smoothly.  Evan and I have both agreed that his penis isn't coming anywhere near me until I have an IUD!

So many naked ladies!! ;) I'm sure I'll come back to this thread and update how everything went.  I don't know how down I am with the nakedness.... Like, I think it'll be weird not wearing a bra under the hospital gown for that whole immediate skin to skin contact.

I would think that the nurses would tell you why they were doing what they're doing.  I've got it in my birth plan that no one is allowed to touch me until they tell me why (unless it is a life or death situation). 

Also, I finished packing my hospital bag tonight.  I'll come back soonish to list what I've got in there (I don't feel like doing it right now).

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Are you not allowed to wear a bra during delivery?  On some shows the woman is wearing a bra, and others they aren't - I guess I thought it was a personal choice....I don't want my boobs flopping to and fro the whole time....

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Are you not allowed to wear a bra during delivery?  On some shows the woman is wearing a bra, and others they aren't - I guess I thought it was a personal choice....I don't want my boobs flopping to and fro the whole time....

It is a personal choice.  If you are going skin to skin right after delivery a bra could hinder that.  You'd have to worry about taking it off... etc etc.  That is why I plan on wearing a crap shelf sport's bra and I'll probably just have Evan cut the straps really quick and pull it down.

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Ok... I was able to get everything I packed in one small carry-on sized roller suitcase (except for my pillow)!!

FOR ME:
2 nursing bras (nip pads)
2 crap shelf sport's bras
4pr undies (pads)
socks & slippers
2 sets pj's
yoga pants, top, sweater (to go home in)
pillow

hospital paperwork
$100 cash (for parking pass and cafeteria funds for Evan)
baby book (so they can foot & hand print it for me when they do the hospital's set)
a book
deck of cards

shower shoes
toiletries: shampoo/conditioner/soap/lotion/deodorant/toothbrush & paste/chapstick/hairbrush & ties/makeup (in case I look like ass afterwards and feel it is necessary)

camera/charger, ipod/player/charger, phone/charger

snacks: almond-cran-blueberry trail mix, clif bars, dried pineapple, jolly ranchers (for labor), refillable water bottle, I also have some handi-snacks and fruit roll-ups for Evan

EVAN:
If he wants; he is in charge of bringing the laptop (they have wifi) and a change of clothes.

BABY: This was the hardest because while I know the birthing center will provide everything I need I didn't know what I would want and I have no idea what the temperature is going to be when we take him home!
1 blanket
2 receiving blankets
2 burp cloths
2 sleep gowns
1 swaddle sleeper
2 kimono type shirts / 2pr pants
socks/hats/mittens
going home outfit

CAR:
car seat
towel for the ride there

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i had a dream you had your baby!

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i had a dream you had your baby!

When, when, WHEN?!  Please tell me you have awesome physic dream powers and that this will happen, like, right NOW! :)

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so far my dreams have never been psychic.. sorry :(

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A lot of great practical advice here but one thing I was so glad for that no one mentioned was a large stuffed animal.  I know you are trying to keep the bag small and mine was larger than your planned bag. My 3rd was an emergency c-sect.  That bear was invaluable afterward for hugging when things hurt or I needed to cough, laugh, sneeze, etc.  17 yrs later, I developed a hernia where the scar tissue split and had to have it surgically repaired.  I went to the hospital with a big stuffed dog and again, I don't know what I would have done without it.  

The big thing with clothes is keep them comfy and things you do not care about.  Stuff happens.  With everything else, think "pamper time".  This is the time you will have staff to take care of the necessities. Be good to you, rest and relax as much as you can. Things will go crazy when you are home and have to deal with everything yourself.

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so far my dreams have never been psychic.. sorry :(

Drats!  I hope it is soon.  I have an appointment today.... maybe a miracle will happen?!

That bear was invaluable afterward for hugging when things hurt or I needed to cough, laugh, sneeze, etc.

The big thing with clothes is keep them comfy and things you do not care about.  Stuff happens.  With everything else, think "pamper time".  This is the time you will have staff to take care of the necessities. Be good to you, rest and relax as much as you can. Things will go crazy when you are home and have to deal with everything yourself.

The pillow I am bringing is a big body pillow.  Good advice on the hugging thing factor.  And thanks for reminding me to let the staff help  me. :)

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^LUCKY!

I hear about quick recoveries all the time. I swear I think I'm the only woman who went through hell for as long as I did. I was still feeling it weeks after my son was born. It took so long for me to get back to normal. Many people don't listen to the "no sex for 6 weeks" recommendation. There was no way that would've been possible for me. My recovery with my 2nd one was quicker, but I was in more pain right after having him.

I usually reserve the horor stories for other moms.  Kinda' the been there, done that thing.  First time moms I usually don't go into those but admit to pain.  I will admit to 2 natural births, not by choice, and they are survivable.  I always give a big stuffed animal to the mom before birth and tell her it is for her, just in case of complications and a c-sect because that happened to be and the bear helped a lot (plus  it's cute)

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I'm starting to wonder if I completely lucked out or if the health problems I was having before delivery are what made the C/S seem more or less like a walk in the park for me.  After the first 24 hours, I was fine.  Like, arguing with my doc to stop pain meds and let me go home fine.  After day 2, all I needed was Motrin.  I had no trouble getting in or out of bed, using the bathroom, showering, sneezing, etc.  We even went for a long walk as a family within a few days of her birth.  Oh, and the 'no sex' thing, totally didn't happen.  I think we made it uh...10 days? 

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  Oh, and the 'no sex' thing, totally didn't happen.  I think we made it uh...10 days? 

geez...10 days!!!! I think it was more like 6 months for me!

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I recovered fairly quickly after my caesarean also...although not quite as fast as mdv.  :o I did have trouble getting out of bed for maybe 2 weeks, but I stopped taking the prescription painkillers after a day or 2 and didn't have problems with showering, walking, going to the bathroom, etc.  And I think we had sex after 2 weeks or so.  ::)

I've always been a quick recover-er though...when I got my wisdom teeth out, I rested for about an hour and then went shopping.

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I didn't have a c-section, but I did have 4th degree tearing (the worst kind). They told me to prepare for the possibility that I'd need to wear adult diapers for the rest of my life  :o , certainly for the first three months, and probably more reparative surgery. Laxatives for the first three months too. They had me terrified of my first bowel movement, but it really wasn't hard/painful at all. I stopped the laxatives after about 4 days (I was hospitalized for 3 days and they walked in with the laxatives and pain killers and said "here, take these" and I just did), I walked with a bit of pain for about a week. No diapers ever, although I don't think my nerves down there are quite the same - I don't have quite as much warning as I used to. I know that if my brain receives the "have to poop" signal, I should hurry more quickly than before. I didn't feel like sex for a long time, though...like 6 or 7 months. Not because I was in physical pain, but I had quite a bit of emotional "damage" from the difficult delivery.

Anyway, the outcome was much better than what I was told to expect.

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yikes, hopfrog!!  how much did your baby weigh?  or was there another reason for the severe tearing?  now I'm a little afraid....

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