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Sometime around the beginning of the eighth month, it is a good idea to think about the items you will need to be prepared for labor and afterward. We suggest you pack the following items in advance.

For a comfortable labor

   -   Chapstick or Vaseline for dry lips
   -   Water mister for moistening face with cold water (plant sprayer or mister)
   -   Hot compress for lower back pain
   -   Cornstarch or massage lotion
   -   Rolling pin for backache
   -   Hair ties and hair brush
   -   Paper bag (in the event of hyperventilation)
   -   Focal Point (beautiful object to focus on to relax)
   -   Snacks for labor coach/partner
   -   Camera and/or video camera (don't forget the film, cassette, DVD, or memory stick!)
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Hot Water Bottle (great for back labor!)

   -   Phone list of friends and relatives
(Remember: hospitals do NOT allow cellular phone usage inside as they can interfere with medical equipment)

Comfort after the birth

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Cotton nightgown (Front opening with buttons or snaps is easiest for nursing Moms.)

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Bathrobe

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Slippers

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nursing bra

Nursing bras

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Outfit to wear home from the hospital
(You will probably still fit into your maternity clothes-don't bring clothes that fit pre-pregnancy, they won't fit for a while.)

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Personal items (makeup, toothbrush, deodorant, contact lenses/glasses, etc.)

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A bottle of witchhazel for stitches

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Calendula and hypercium cream (available at health food stores) for a sore perineum

Other items

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Outfit for the new baby to wear home

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Receiving blanket

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Infant car seat secured in the back seat of the car


 

 


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