Everything You Need To Pack In Your Hospital Bag For A C-Section

Need To Pack In Your Hospital Bag For A C-Section

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Are you scheduled for a C-section sometime soon? Has your doctor already given you a date for the same? Or are you planning to go for an elective C-section and need to decide on a date?

You may have different reasons for your C-section. But one thing that you will surely have in common with all other women opting for C-section is a few days of post-natal stay at the hospital. With a day at least before the delivery date and anything between four to five days post the delivery, you surely would need some essentials. Read on to know a complete list of things to pack in hospital bag for c section.

What To Pack In Hospital Bag For C Section:

Categorizing will help you pack effectively and correctly, without forgetting any essentials. A few key things to remember here are:

  • It is always a possibility that your baby may arrive unannounced and before time. Do pack your hospital bag for c section delivery in advance, preferably once you hit the third trimester.
  • It is best to have a separate bag for you and baby.
  • Your partner will most likely be staying over with you in the hospital, so packing a bag for him is also a good idea.
  • You will most likely not have too much storage space at the hospital. It is a good idea to keep a few things in your car or ready in a bag at home. Your partner can always go and get it when needed.

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Everything You Need For Yourself:

Here is a detailed hospital bag packing list for c section you will need for yourself. Make sure you check and add or remove items as per your need and convenience.

  • All your identification papers and other paperwork you may need at the hospital for insurance.
  • All your medical record papers and files.
  • Your wallet with cash and some card.
  • A few sets of loose and comfortable pajama bottoms and loose shirts or shirts with buttons. These will be very comfortable for you to sleep in post the delivery. You will also be able to feed better if you wear clothes that have buttons. Before the day of the surgery you will be given hospital clothes to wear.
  • Change of undergarments.
  • Nursing bras.
  • Nursing pads – you will most likely be leaking a lot in the first few days.
  • Nursing cover – it will help you nurse your baby in case you need to do it in front of family.
  • Sanitary pads – you may need to wear a special one that needs to be used after a C-section surgery. Ask your doctor about it beforehand.
  • Socks and comfortable footwear.
  • Towel – for a shower at the hospital.
  • Some good clothes for the time when you will take baby home.
  • Toiletries – toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, hair ties, chap stick or lip balm, some gentle body lotion, a body wash, shampoo, moisturizer for your face, some basic makeup that will help you feel a little cheered up even while you are at the hospital!
  • Blanket – all hospitals provide blankets but sometimes it may not be enough for you.
  • Pillow and pillow case – in case you are the kind of person who cannot sleep on any pillow, it is a good idea to carry your own pillow.
  • Cell phone, charger and headphone.
  • A light book – you may get really bored during the time you spend before surgery.
  • If you have other kids – pack a few welcome gifts for them too. With all the attention on the new member, your kids may feel a little left out. Hand them a gift when they come to visit their new sibling.
  • Breast pump – in case there is any issues with feeding.
  • Breast or nipple cream – you may experience dryness and cracking in the first few days. Applying a cream will help.

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Everything You Need For Your Partner:

Your partner will be running in and out of your room, but he will be spending all or most of his time at the hospital. Pack wisely:

  • Your partner’s wallet and identification papers.
  • Your partner’s phone, charger and headphone.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Comfortable pair of clothes.
  • Socks and comfortable footwear.
  • Blanket – your partner may be waiting for you in the waiting area or sleep on the couch. He will surely need an extra blanket to be comfortable.
  • Pillow – to help him rest and be fresh and ready to take care of you and baby!

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Everything You Need For Your Baby:

Some hospitals provide baby clothes for the first few days while many do not. Also, most hospitals ask you to not use any products on your baby for the first few days after surgery.

Here are a few things you should pack and keep ready:

  • Onesies with socks at the end.
  • Baby cap.
  • Baby mittens.
  • Baby nail clippers.
  • Infant diapers.
  • Baby talcum powder – sometimes this may be needed.
  • Infant feeding bottle – this will help in case baby is having any problems in latching on.
  • A cute outfit that baby will wear on the day of going home.
  • Infant car seat – that needs to be fitted before you reach the hospital.

Check with your doctor about any specific hospital rules and regulations to know what you can and cannot take.

Did you have a C-section operation too? Do tell us here in the comments section what all you packed in your hospital bag!

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