I’ve seen many cute maternity ticker. I was so jealous about people posting them in their blog. Now I can post mine here, in two different versions!
I always come back here regularly to check the progress!
Below are my check list for Post Partum Kit that I will bring to hospital.
For me after the birth
- A going-home outfit. You’ll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you’re in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your belly to go down, so you’ll be still wearing maternity clothes when you come home – sorry!
- Nursing bras. Take two or three.
- Breast pads
- Breast cream
- Maxi pads (sanitary napkins). Bring a couple of packs.
- Nightshirt wrap or t-shirt. Front-opening shirts are useful in the early days of breastfeeding.
- Toiletries (same as labor kit)
- Old or cheap underwear or disposable panties. Don’t bring your best ones as they will get messy.
For my baby
- An infant car seat. Some hospitals won’t let you leave by car without one.
- Car seat cover
- One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest).
- Two or three sleepers for baby to wear while you are in hospital.
- Baby blanket. Take a warm one if the weather is cold.
- New born diapers
- New born wipes
- 4 Receiving blankets
- One pair of socks or booties.
- Jacket or snowsuit for winter babies.
- Burp cloths or receiving blankets
- Alarm Clock for feeding timing
- Birth Registration form?
- Baby care book
It’s recommended to have everything ready to go when you’re eight months pregnant, since you could go into labor at any time in the weeks before your due date.
What to pack for labor
- A picture ID (driver’s license or other ID)
- Your insurance card
- Your birth plan if you have one
- Robe, dressing gown, wrap sweater. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour and you’ll need one for after if you’re staying overnight. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better.
- Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.
- An old nightdress or a T shirt to wear in labour. It will probably get a bit messy, so don’t bring anything new to wear in hospital.
- Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour.
- Snacks (chocolate) and drinks for you while you are in labour
- Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, games and so on.
- Extra Pillows. The hospital might not have enough to make you really comfortable.
- Toiletries – body lotion, shishado, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, comb, soap, shampoo, shower cap, maxi pad
- Music to listen to
- Cellphone and charger
- Camera and charger
- Takeout Menus
It’s week 36 today! Only 4 weeks to the due date! This morning about 7:00am when I was lying on the bed and stretching my numb and sore fingers, I had a mild period-like cramps, first time ever that I felt a cramp like this. So it’s a sign of baby is getting ready. I have had frequent Braxton Hicks since week 28, especially the last 4 weeks. It comes and goes without any cramps. My OB told me that when Braxton Hicks are getting fewer, it’s the time when the baby is ready. I noticed that it’s kind of slow down a little bit yesterday but not too much. I also felt more pressure on my lower abdomen these two days.
I think I should really start packing my bags for the hospital.
This Wednesday November 27, we had a hour to the Labor & Delivery Unit and Maternity Unit at the hospital. It was a one-hour and half tour. An experience nurse at L&D unit guided the tour with tons of information. Very helpful and informative. Highly recommended for first-time parents. You will know where to go to if you are in labor, where to park, what to bring, what to expect in the hospital, what facility the hospital provides for your labor, etc. This tour certainly make me more comfortable to prepare for my labor experience.
So far we have had 4 prenatal classes at the local college. The topics are focus on Labor and Delivery choice and medication options during laboring. I am in 34 weeks now so it’s also the time to really think about how to cope with laboring.
First of all, I am very worried about my labor – I am afraid that I might have trouble giving birth due to my age and physical condition. I don’t know if my cervix will be able to dilate to 10cm (who knows?); I don’t know if my pelvic bone will be wide enough for baby to pass … etc. – I know these unknown are the same to all pregnant women and everything has to cope with these issues if they want to be a mom. My rational me told me not to worried about these uncertainty since it won’t change anything – it will only make myself more stressful at the last a few weeks of pregnancy. I should really focus on the positive part – my baby is doing well and I am in good shape and good hands. I have my DH and a Douala to support me during laboring. I should just enjoy the last a few weeks of pregnancy!
I think I have low tolerance of pain – I need to take pain killer even for my menstrual cramps. Labor contractions are more intense than menstrual cramps. I think I will be open to medications for pain management. I am not against to c-section if it’s medically necessary. As know some people really want to have natural birth but they still ended up with c-section after the painstaking laboring efforts – that’s what I don’t want to experience. But this is not under anybody’s control. I have expressed this concern to my OB but it seems he is not too worried about this. He said most likely I won’t have a big baby and it should be fine. But who knows what will happen. Let’s just don’t worried too much for now.
Even since I noticed a Braxton Hick around week28, it became more frequent in the last a couple of weeks. Sometimes I even have 4 or 5 times Braxton Hicks within an hour. I checked books and found out that it’s normal for my uterus to practice mile contractions like Braxton Hick, as long as it doesn’t come with cramps and pain. I just feel discomfort and tightness in my belly.
Below is information of Braxton from Internet research:
What are Braxton Hicks contractions?
Braxton Hicks contractions are sporadic uterine contractions that start about 6 weeks into your pregnancy, although you won’t be able to feel them that early. You probably won’t start to notice them until sometime after mid-pregnancy, if you notice them at all. (Some women don’t.) They get their name from John Braxton Hicks, an English doctor who first described them in 1872.
How can I tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and true labor contractions?
In the days or weeks before labor, Braxton Hicks contractions may intermittently become rhythmic, relatively close together, and even painful, possibly fooling you into thinking you’re in labor. But unlike true labor, during this so-called false labor the contractions don’t grow consistently longer, stronger, and closer together.
What can I do if my Braxton Hicks contractions are making me uncomfortable?
If you’re within a few weeks of your due date, try these measures:
- Change your activity or position. Sometimes walking provides relief. At other times, resting eases contractions. (True labor contractions, on the other hand, will persist and progress regardless of what you do.)
- Take a warm bath to help your body relax.
- Try drinking a couple of glasses of water, since these contractions can sometimes be brought on by dehydration.
- Try relaxation exercises or slow, deep breathing. This won’t stop the Braxton Hicks contractions, but it may help you cope with the discomfort. (Use this opportunity to practice some of the pain-management strategies you’ve learned in your childbirth preparation class.)
We interviewed a doula this Monday, November 4. We found her from a local doula association’s website. She has 6 years of doula experience with 19 client testimonials on her profile. She seems enthusiastic about what she is doing. Her fee is $800, including a free consultation, 2 prenatal visit with one-hour message at week 38; labor from 7-minute contraction till 2 hours after giving birth; and finally 2 postpartum visits.
Although the fee seems pretty high, we decided to hire her since we have no other family members to provide us emotional and physical support before and after delivery. Plus DH are not comfortable with seeing blood – He is worried that he might not be able to support me in the delivery room. With the help of doula, we are hoping a smoother delivery experience.
Studies have shown that having a Doula present at birth results in:
- 50% reduction in Caesarean birth rates
- 25% shorter labour
- 60% reduction in epidural requests
- 40% reduction in Oxytocin use
- 30% reduction in Analgesia use
- 40% reduction in forceps or vacuum deliveries
Researches show that women who have used a doula at birth are more satisfied with their births, feel more confident before and after the birth, show a quicker rate of bonding with their newborn, are less likely to have post-partum depression, and more likely to breastfeed.
This Tuesday, Oct 29, we started our first prenatal class at a local college. 2 hours/class/week, 6 week in a row. We will learn how to prepare for delivery and breast feeding and baby care after birth, etc. Prenatal class is really good for first time parents, especially if there are no one in your family can share their experience with you.
There were 13 couples in the class. The first class we mainly got to know each other and shared what we are doing, etc. We talked to a couple who has exactly the same due date as us. They mentioned they have been reading to the baby and they hired a doula for extra support. We think we should do the same. I have been listening to light music and two yoga classes a week to relax myself which is good. I have asked DH to talk to baby, however he is not that interested in doing it. Maybe reading story is an alternative. Regarding doula, I’ve heard about that from an online forum but didn’t have chance to think about it. I should do some research to see if it’s a good idea. Anyway, getting an extra help is always good – considering we have no close ones to turn to when we really need help.
Today it’s the big mile stone – 30 week and only 70 days to go!
Our baby has been very active since week 28 – I can almost feel the kicking all the time. A couple of nights ago the baby was kicking so constantly that I started to count how many times he can kick consistently. It was 145 times until he got tired and it was midnight 1pm when I was lying on bed! He sure is a strong little boy!! Maybe a good football player!
We feel it’s time to do some shopping when I can still be actively walk around. We found out that it’s cheaper to shop online from Walmart.com than from store front. So today I almost the whole day trying to pick the baby items that’s really essential for the first 3 month. I bought mostly baby clothing at newborn size. There is a 21 piece Layette Set only cost $38.50 – really a good deal and save trouble to figure out what clothes to buy for a new born. No experience at all – just guess what baby might need to have for the first 3 month. At the end of the day I spent about $150 for 13 different items, mostly thing in bulk to save money. Not totally they are all fit but feeling good about preparing for the baby!
With my belly getting bigger, it’s becoming more uncomfortable following asleep at night. It’s hard to find a comfortable sleeping position. I’ve tried left, right position which were my preferred position before getting pregnant – they are not good any more. My belly is pulling the weight to the bed when I sleep on the side. I tried to put an pillow under my belly but I haven’t found a right pillow. Those pillows I have now are either too hard or too thick.
I did a lot online research for body pillows for pregnant women. We bought a Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow (J shape) but found it too hard and not flexible enough. It also caused should pain due to the hard seam of pillow case. We also bought a regular body pillow (I shape) and it didn’t work either. I was so frustrated – why it is so difficult to find a body pillow??
However I do need a body pillow to help my sleeping, so research continues… finally I found another body pillow – it is in “U” shape and it looks softer from the picture and product video. From the customer reviews it seems like a better choice. It’s expensive ($100+) and it might not be able to return if I don’t like it. Anyhow I still decided to take this risk – my sleeping is more important and if it works, we are willing to pay $100 for it. We ordered this Conform U full body pillow from Amazon this week. I will keep you posted once we receive it and tried it for a few days.
Updates on Nov 8 2013:
I’ve been using this U shape body pillow for a few nights – not the whole night, just a few hours a night to see if my body can get used to it. So far it works just fine. It didn’t help release the pressure for my back but I still not able to find the right position for side sleeping.