Congratulations. You’ve survived eight months of carrying an unborn child. Now that you are in your ninth month, delivery is only a few days away. It can come anytime soon, and you have to be prepared. Is your bag ready yet? Better fill it up with all the essentials and keep it somewhere accessible, so that when your water breaks, you will be ready to go to the hospital at such short notice.
Every second counts. Here are the things that should be in your bag:
Your Birth Plan
Some women prefer to have a natural delivery, with or without the aid of medications to relieve the pain. Others choose to have a C-section right away. You may have already discussed some of these with your gynecologist in Dubai, but when you’re in labor, some members of the team may not be familiar with your preferences. A birth plan helps keep them up to speed, so that they will know your wishes and can follow them, if possible. Note that due to hospital policies and other factors, you have to prepare for some changes in the birth plan. It’s still a good thing to have as a guide, though.
Extra Underwear and Absorbent Pads
You will bleed after birth because of the tearing. This is something your doctor should have discussed with you beforehand, so you should know that heavy-duty absorbent pads are a necessity. Pack several pairs of clean underwear as well, so you can change as often as necessary. Make sure you also have a pack of extra-absorbent pads at home.
When the baby is born, its source of food will be your breast milk, if you are able to breastfeed. Make this task easier by wearing nursing bras that allow you to move and feed your child without having to move around too much. Remember, you are still regaining your strength after pregnancy. The last thing you want is to be stressed when you’re breastfeeding–that might even stop the milk from flowing! The top gynecologist in Dubai can walk you through several nursing bra options and help you choose one that fits your body shape and requirements.
Finally seeing your baby is an exciting time, but don’t forget about the essentials to make the experience memorable in a good way. With so many things to think about on the day of the delivery, preparing in advance is the only way to go.