A picture ID (driver’s license or other ID), your insurance card, and any hospital paperwork you need
Eyeglasses, if you wear them. Even if you usually wear contact lenses, you may not want to deal with them while you’re in the hospital.
A bathrobe, a night gown or two, slippers, and socks. Baptist provides gowns and socks for you to use during labor and afterward, but some women prefer to wear their own. Choose a loose, comfortable gown that you don’t mind getting dirty. It should be either sleeveless or have short, loose sleeves so your blood pressure can be checked easily. Slippers and a robe may come in handy if you want to walk the halls during labor.
Your cell phone and charger. After your baby’s born, you or your partner may want to call family and friends to let them know the good news. Bring a list of everyone you’ll want to contact so you don’t forget someone important when you’re exhausted after delivery.
Toiletries: Pack a few personal items, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, a brush and comb, makeup, and a hair band or barrettes.
Comfortable nursing bras or regular bras. Whether or not you choose to breastfeed, your breasts are likely to be tender and swollen when your milk comes in, which can happen anytime during the first several days after delivery. A good bra can provide some comfort, and breast pads can be added to help absorb leaks.
Several pairs of maternity underpants. Some women love the mesh underwear usually provided by the hospital, but others don’t. You can’t go wrong with your own roomy cotton underpants. The hospital will provide sanitary pads because you’ll bleed after delivery. Make sure you have a supply of heavy-duty pads waiting at home!
A going-home outfit. Bring something roomy and easy to get into (believe it or not, you’ll probably still look 5 or 6 months pregnant) and a pair of flat, comfortable shoes.
For your baby:
Several outfits for your baby. After delivery the baby will go into the nursery for monitoring and bathing. Once the baby is in your room you can change him/her upon necessity. It is always good to have extra clothing for unexpected situations that could arise with newborns.
An installed car seat. You can’t drive your baby home without one! Have a rear-facing car seat properly installed ahead of time and know how to buckle your baby in correctly.
A going-home outfit. Your baby will need an outfit to go home in, including socks or booties if the clothing doesn’t have feet, and a soft cap if the air is likely to be cool. Make sure your baby’s outfit has legs so the car seat strap can fit between them.
A receiving blanket. The hospital will provide blankets for swaddling your baby while you’re there, but you may want to bring your own to tuck around your baby in the car seat for the ride home. Make it a heavy one if the weather’s cold.
Your newborn may be your top priority — but postpartum care counts, too. Taking good care of yourself is an essential part. Here is what to expect
Anything that puts pressure on the abdominal area will probably be painful at first, but you’ll feel a bit better day-by-day. Be sure to use your hands or a pillow to support your incision when you cough, sneeze, or laugh.
You’ll likely be given a prescription for painkillers and a stool softener before you leave the hospital. You may need prescription painkillers for up to a week after surgery, gradually transitioning to over-the-counter pain relievers. (If you’re breastfeeding, don’t take aspirin or drugs containing acetylsalicylic acid.)
Drink plenty of fluids to help you avoid constipation. You may feel numbness and soreness at the incision site, and the scar will be slightly raised, puffy, and darker than your natural skin tone. It will feel better day-by-day, quite noticeably so after several days, though it may continue to be tender for several weeks.
Call our office if you have signs of an infection, including: warmth, redness, swelling, or oozing at the incision site, worsening pain or sudden onset of pain, any fever (even if your incision looks fine), foul smelling in vaginal discharge.
With both c-section and vaginal deliver you will have a vaginal discharge (lochia) for a number of weeks after delivery. Expect a bright red, heavy flow of blood for the first few days. If you’ve been sitting or lying down, you might notice a small gush when you stand up. The discharge will gradually taper off, changing from pink or brown to yellow or white. To reduce the risk of infection, use sanitary napkins rather than tampons. Don’t be alarmed if you occasionally pass small blood clots.
We recommend no heavy lifting for approximately two weeks and no sexual intercourse for about six weeks.
A two-week follow up after a normal delivery is done to answer any lactation or postpartum questions you may have. If you delivered via cesarean section the follow up visit should be in one week; the doctor has to check the incision. A final six-week follow up appointment will be arraigned at this time. However should you feel anything out the ordinary contact our office for an immediate appointment.
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