C- Section? Hospital Bag & Recovery Items
From A Mom of 4
Having had 4 c-sections I have narrowed down the items that are a must for me for both the hospital and recovery afterwards.
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Note : When I had my first scheduled c-section I brought everything you could think of to the hospital. I followed a list and I didn’t end up using half of it. These days I am all about bringing only what is needed and purposeful. I spend most of my time cuddling the baby and getting as much rest as possible. Because no matter how much help you have when you get home to your other children they still need you.
Packing For Hospital
1. A nursing Pillow ( I use a bed pillow personally because it is easier to mold and is a good support for recovery.)
2. Comfy pjs with big elastic waists and a few nursing tanks. I live in nursing Tanks for the first two weeks.
3. C- Section Underwear
4. Chapstick and lotion
5. A couple outfits for the baby ( The hospital provides diapers and wipes)
6. Comfy Socks or slippers to walk around In.
7. A charger for my iphone and ipad ( I watch netflix or hulu…hospital tv isn’t always the greatest).
8. My Overnight bag ( toiletries, brush, tooth brush, etc.)
9. Comfy Outfit to Wear home ( Think baggy sweat pants or maternity pants and a maternity t-shirt). You probably won’t be wearing your non-maternity clothes home.
Ready For Home:
1. Medication – Prescription Medication, Motrin, and Stool Softeners
2. Pads – A Variety Large, Medium and then Light
3. Cranberry Juice – This will help prevent a UTI, I drink it for about 2 weeks after my c-section. A glass with breakfast.
4. A good water bottle – if you’re nursing you will drink a ton!
5. Lots of comfy outfits – Personally I live in baggy pants and nursing tanks for the first two weeks along with big comfy c-section underwear!
6. Lots of Entertainment on the Tv lined up think binge watching your favorite shows.
7. A Stockpile of freezer meals and healthy snacks.
8. If Breastfeeding ( 2 to 3 nursing bras, 2 to 3 nursing camis, nipple cream, and nursing pads)
9. Pumping Supplies ( Pump & Accessories, Storage bags and containers)
These are my top go to items for being prepared both at the hospital and at home. If you would like more information please comment and or email me. Also, if you have had a c-section and would like to add any must have or advice please do so in the comment section.
Til Our Next Adventure,