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There is nothing comparable to becoming a new mom. It’s life changing. It’s also exciting, joyous, and all the feelings in between. You’re delivery and postpartum experience should be no different. Part of making your delivery comfortable and enjoyable is making sure you have all of your hospital bag essentials packed and ready before the big day comes.
You may already have a good idea of what you need to bring to the hospital: your camera and phone, a change of clothes, clothes for the baby, a rear facing carseat, etc. But, there are a few other items that will make your delivery and postpartum experience much more comfortable and relaxing.
Hospital Bag Essentials for Your Comfort Postpartum
Preparation H® Medicated Wipes
Hemorrhoids are one of the annoying health challenges many women face after childbirth. Pregnancy can cause hemorrhoids in 1 out of 3 women, so be ready for the unexpected and put Preparation H® Medicated Wipes for Women in your hospital “go” bag to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms following childbirth. Preparation H® Medicated Wipes for Women are the first and only women’s hemorrhoid wipes infused with chamomile, aloe and refreshing cucumber, plus a soothing medication that cools on contact.
To help alleviate the discomfort while I was in the hospital and after coming home, I used Preparation H® Medicated Wipes for Women. The hospital provided me with a small sample pack of the wipes and I immediately felt relief and knew I had to pick up a pack as soon as I was released.
While I was planning and packing my hospital bag I didn’t want to be running all over the place, shopping at multiple retailers (the third trimester puts a bit of a damper on your enthusiasm for shopping). I found Preparation H® wipes at Walmart, along with the rest of my hospital bag and home preparation essentials, and it made my postpartum preparation that much simpler.
I had never experienced the pain and discomfort that come with hemorrhoids until I had my second daughter, and I’m so thankful that I found effective relief with Preparation H® Medicated Wipes. They are so convenient to use, and you can pack them in your purse or diaper bag to use on-the-go after returning home. Also, they’re far more comfortable and convenient than alternative relief sources, such as medicated pads.
For effective relief, add Medicated Wipes to your regimen to cool, soothe and cleanse before you treat. Use the wipes as directed.
Even if you aren’t breastfeeding, nursing pads are a must. Your breasts will leak milk following delivery, and you don’t want wet spots on your shirt. For more tips on breast care postpartum, check out my post on 7 Things I Learned in the First Week of Breastfeeding.
Flip-Flops or Slippers
One of the first things I wanted to do after giving birth was take a shower. I couldn’t wait to feel clean and refreshed. Although most hospitals are very clean, it’s okay, and even recommended to take extra precautions. Pack a cheap pair of plastic flip-flops that you can wear in the hospital shower. You also want to bring your own shampoo, conditioner, and soap. The stuff provided at the hospital usually isn’t on par with what you typically use at home.
I totally forgot this essential item and had to ask my mom to go buy me some. Don’t make that mistake! Hospitals are very dry and your lips will chap quickly. Have a tube of moisturizing lip balm in your hospital bag to prevent drying and cracking.
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The postpartum part of pregnancy isn’t always glamorous at first. That’s why it’s best to be prepared ahead of time and make the most of it.