If you’re here, it means its nearly time for you to pack your hospital bags.
Its time to gather together all the essentials you’ll need during labour and birth and for after your baby is born. Some people start packing as soon as they find out, others may like to leave it until when they start maternity leave. Just remember you may need to go in unexpectedly, so try to have a bag packed by the time you are about 36 weeks pregnant (earlier for twins)
Hospitals vary in their policies about what you are allowed to bring with you when you have your baby. You may want to take a few items from home, such as your own pillows, to make yourself comfortable or some music for during labour. But be aware that hospitals can be short on space.
If you want, pack two bags: one for labour and the hours immediately after your baby is born, and another for a stay in the post natal ward. It always helps to be prepared.
If you’re driving to hospital, you could leave the second bag in the car. If you have a straightforward birth, you may leave hospital on the same day and not need the second bag at all.
So what to pack? If we’ve missed anything please let us know in the comments!
For after the birth
For the baby
Whilst being pregnant is a joy for most, it can also be scary at times when you have a seed of doubt that something may be wrong with your unborn child. Early Image is the only facility in Melbourne that offers 24/7 around the clock pregnancy scans.
“It was very warming and comforting to have a late night scan when things felt off. We got told by the hospital there would be a 5 hour wait but Early Image helped me out ASAP,” said Montana.
In Australia, up to one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage despite the fact that many families still experience this trauma silently. These statistics can impact some of us more than others and cause undue stress throughout a pregnancy particularly if you have experienced a miscarriage previously.
Early Image provides expecting parents with the opportunity to have a scan 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Better yet, you don’t even need a doctor’s referral and there aren’t long queues out in the waiting room meaning that we can have you in and out quickly to alleviate your fears and minimise unnecessary stress.
These scans enable us to show you your baby’s heartbeat and movement anytime, day or night even in an early pregnancy.
Often Emergency Departments have long wait period and may even turn you away until the next day if they don’t believe the scan is urgent. Whilst Early Image sonographers are not doctors if they do detect an issue with your baby’s heartbeat or movement they will pass this information along immediately and recommend you attend an Emergency Department immediately.
Aleisha had a similar experience, “When I walked into Early Image I was in a bad place. The 20-week scan I had at 1pm earlier that day did not go to plan. I didn’t see my baby or the heartbeat and was told to just lay back and not to ask any questions. After this I was left sobbing in the car so I decided to I made make a phone call to Early Image and was told I could come in at 3pm that day. After their scan I was so happy, we were having a boy I had seen my baby and his heartbeat! I will be going back to have a 3D scan done there too.”
Next time you are concerned about your baby please feel free to give us a call. We will make ourselves available anytime, any day of the week to provide you with the assurance every expectant mother needs and deserves.
Do you ever feel that now you are pregnant it seems everybody has the right to invade your privacy, give you unsolicited advice and touch you without asking? And I am not just talking about family members or friends, as obtrusive as they maybe, but people you have never even met before!
Here are the 10 things every pregnant woman hopes that she will never have to hear from her family and friends, acquaintances and strangers alike!
#1. Can I touch your tummy?
Why is it, just because you’re pregnant, people think that they can touch or stroke any protruding belly whenever they feel like! If a woman has a nice bum or great pair do people come up out of nowhere for a feel – No they don’t – Keep your hands to yourself!
#2. You look tired!
Of course she looks tired! Walking around carrying extra weight, always wanting to pee all the time, hormones all over the place, only topic of conversation is babies; having babies or raising babies, never being able to find a comfortable position to sleep in, being kicked all through the night… If she wasn’t tired she would be a walking miracle.
#3. Are you going to breast feed?
Breast feeding is a personal choice. There is no right or wrong here. Babies are not disadvantaged in any way or do not develop differently if they are bottle fed or not. Some women can breastfeed and some can’t, some babies take to the breast easily others don’t and it can be very frustrating and even painful for those mums that struggle. As long as the baby is developing as it should, growing as it should and putting on weight as it should either method is fine. Don’t let anyone tell you you are not a good mother because you feed your baby from a bottle .
#4. My word you are huge!
People can be so insensitive sometimes. Pregnant women, on the whole, feel bloated and big anyway, even when they are not. They certainly don’t need to be told over and over how big they are getting. Your tummy gets as big as it needs to correctly incubate your baby so it is born happy and healthy, after all isn’t that what pregnancy is all about.
5. You’re not very big!
Babies come in all sizes and women that do not have big tummies are worried enough about whether everything is going the way it should . One of the women in a our prenatal class was very slight and hardly looked pregnant at all and she was asked so many times if there was anything wrong that she became obsessive and depressed and for no good reason, she gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby.
#6. What are you going to call it?
Naming my baby was a personal thing between the two of us. We kept the names we liked very close to our chest and were not interested in hearing other people’s opinions. We like our kids names and they like them too! That’s all that matters.
#7. My labour took 24 hours with no pain relief!
No pregnant women ever needs to hear about long labour, complications through pregnancy, pain, 36 weeks of morning sickness etc… If you are going to discuss your own pregnancy with someone going through it, highlight the good times. Your glowing skin, how thick your hair became, the way you both talked to the baby every morning, how reassuring and wonderful your midwife or obstetrician was. Keep your horror stories to yourself!
#8. Are you getting the new 4 wheel drive pram with built in change table and bottle warmer!
By the time you have your third child you realize very quickly a pram is a pram is a pram. You really don’t need to spend $1000 just because your friend has one. After all, all the only thing you will ever use it for is getting your baby from A to B. And it is not just prams! Before you go and mortgage the house getting all the things you need for baby do your research and get only what you really need at a price you can afford.
#9. Are you having a boy or a girl?
Why is that the first question anyone asks? What business is it of theirs? Why does everyone think they have the foolproof way of telling if it is a boy or girl. You are carrying high must be a boy, Your wedding ring swings clockwise, must be a girl. You crave sweet not savory, your pee is orange… the list is endless. Basically the only way to find out is by Ultrasound, NIPS, CVS or Amnio. Everything else is just a punt at best!
#10. Have you read the latest research about..?
Pregnant women, especially first time pregnant women, constantly worry that they are not reading enough, researching enough, giving up enough or doing enough, that they are responsible for not giving their unborn baby every opportunity. But the constant barrage of information of what worked or did not work for someone’s sister’s brother-in-law’s first wife is enough to drive any sane person to drink. Please, keep your opinions to yourself!
Pregnancy is like a rollercoaster; there are always plenty of ups and downs.
Aside from the miserable side effects like morning sickness, uncomfortable sleepless nights and body pains, there just so happens to be some great things about being pregnant. Shocker, right?
Here are a few things to love about being pregnant!
With a growing bump, you’ve got the perfect excuse for almost anything, even for getting out of the housework. You can say goodbye to the housework and chores with a simple “I don’t feel up to it” – you will no longer have to put the bins out. It’s also the best excuse to give yourself some extra pampering. Say hello to long scented baths and relaxing massages!
For the next nine months you are guaranteed to be getting a lot more attention from those around you. You’ll be taken care of by your family, friends and partner and they will help make this journey go by smoother for you.
Not only will you be given attention from those around you, the outside world will take plenty of notice too. Look forward to plenty of smiles and kind gestures from total strangers. From people holding the door for you, offering their seats to you and carrying heavy things for you – you’ll be feeling very special in no time.
Pregnancy hormones can result in a fabulous head of hair and fingernails during your pregnancy. Many people notice a change in the health of their hair, which makes it stronger and glossier than ever before!
Did we mention cleavage? In the early stages of pregnancy, your breasts tend to grow bigger as blood flow increases, breast tissue changes and milk ducts form. That’s why it’s common for breasts to go up by a cup size or two during pregnancy. For those who were born with smaller boobs, it’s your chance to flaunt them and see how the other half live!
Once the morning sickness subsides and the cravings kick in – you’ll be loving life! Although you do not have to eat for two, you can indulge in your cravings with little guilt or worry!
These are practically a requirement for all pregnant women. You no longer have to feel guilty about sneaking in a few refreshing naps during the daytime!
You’ll never forget those first few moments. From those first little kicks and squirms, a hiccup or seeing them on an ultrasound scan – there will never be a dull moment when it comes to the new life inside of you.
Who doesn’t love shopping? You’ll have plenty of time to help choose some adorable little baby clothes, new furniture and decorate the nursery in time for the arrival of the little one.
The anticipation keeps it exciting. From the beginning to the end, there are plenty of fun and nervous moments. From keeping it a secret, the look of excitement and surprise when you tell your family, finding out the gender, and picking out a name – there are endless joyful moments during a pregnancy.
What did/do you love about being pregnant?
We have all heard a wives tale or two about pregnancy, but there are SO many! How do you know what ones are actually accurate? We did a bit of research and took a closer look at some common myths:
Myth #1 – Pregnant women should avoid exercise
Not true folks! This issue has been rather topical recently with Michelle Bridges in the media. A number of health experts have come out in support of Michelle Bridges and have stated that it is perfectly okay to exercise during pregnancy. It really is a matter of how much. Michelle Bridges is an exceptionally fit person so what may look like a lot for us really isn’t for others. We suggest cutting back to 70% of your normal routine while pregnant. So if you normally jog 10kms there is nothing wrong with a jog, but why not strip it back and not go over 7kms?
Myth #2 – You are eating for two
This is an old one that strangely still gets thrown around. According to Time, carrying a baby actually requires 300 extra calories a day. This means you should be eating for about one and a fifth. So keep the overeating to a minimum – it’s actually better for the baby’s health too. Nutritious foods are the way to go mums-to-be!
Myth #3 – You can’t drink coffee
You CAN! Good news for all the caffeine addicts out there! While it has been deemed as safe for pregnant women to drink coffee it is important to not go overboard. A small cup of coffee a day is usually fine, however it is worth checking this with your own doctor to make sure any underlying health conditions will not be impacted.
What’s the weirdest pregnancy myth you have heard?