35 Weeks

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 23, 2014

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Hello! How is your weekend going?

As I write this post, I am one day short of 36 weeks and just 1 week shy of being full-term. Speed that up by almost a week if you go by my ultrasound due date (Sept 17th) rather than the LMP due date (Sept 22). Everyone keeps telling me she could come any day now! Eek. But then I tell them we have an agreement – baby promised not to come during the kitchen renovation. I’m sure that means she’ll surprise us and come tomorrow or something.

I’ve noticed so many changes in pregnancy symptoms this week. It must be getting close to Go Time because my body seems to be in prep mode. Or at least, that’s what I’d like to think. For starters, I feel like the baby is starting to drop because the pressure on my bladder is insane this week. She feels lower too and her hiccups feel lower down. Did you know that bladders make great baby pillows? They do….and also, punching bags. Her head boppin’ on my bladder also means I feel like I have to pee about 96% of the day. When I met with my doc he seemed to think my belly had dropped since the last appointment.

I’ve also had some pelvic pain and some new shooting pains in the cervix/vaginal area this week. I like to describe the latter sensation as a lightening bolt shooting up my girly bits. If you’ve had it before, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Luckily it doesn’t happen that often. My OB said it’s normal and nothing to be concerned about. However, I’m pretty sure if I told him my toe turned green and fell off he would say it’s totally normal. I guess the man has seen it all…

What else? Preggo insomnia is back. Earlier this week I was convinced I was getting contractions in the middle of the night because I woke up with really weird pains in random spots of my stomach. They went away thankfully, so maybe it was just the good old Braxtons doing a practice run. All I remember is waking up in pain and thinking, “Thank God for epidurals” – before finally drifting off to sleep. lol.

Other than those symptoms, I’m really not having many other symptoms and overall I feel pretty darn good. Life goes on!

My friend had twin girls a month ago and we threw a big potluck at her place this week. I got to hold and feed one of her baby girls to get some “practice” in. Aside from feeling like I was going to break this tiny little angel, I think I did OK. Whew. I can’t believe we’re going to have one of our own next month. I keep picturing what it will be like when we bring her home for the very first time. I’m guessing an unexpected poop explosion might be part of it!

Still going on my walks and loving them. I haven’t had to slow down much at all, but I’m sure I will a bit as the weeks go on. I’m happy with just getting out there and moving my body. Walking is so underrated! My doc thinks it will help prepare the body for labour…wouldn’t that be a nice bonus? Now that my lower back/sciatic area pain is almost gone, I’m also thinking of incorporating some prenatal yoga stretches back into my routine.

On the food front, my nausea is still gone (yay) and I have a strong appetite, but I’m getting really tired of our kitchen reno meals. I’m hoping to have a half-functional kitchen in another 1-1.5 weeks and I can’t wait to start cooking real meals again! I don’t want to see another piece of toast for a very long time!

Remember last week when I said I couldn’t be bothered to nest? Well, that was before the entire kitchen and family room got covered in dust, thanks to the countertop installation and some indoor grinding to install the cooktop. We had a big plastic drop sheet wall put up to contain the dust, but then we found out the installers removed it way too early and the dust got everywhere. Oh hell no. Needless to say, this kicked my nesting urges into overdrive. I cleaned all night long and I could’ve gone into the wee hours of the night but Eric made me go to bed. Do not mess with a 9 month preggo lady and her nest!

Hospital bag. Eric keeps telling me I need to start packing it! I’m putting it off. I did some reading online about what to bring and oh my…some of the suggested lists are LONG. I really don’t want to pack for a week-long vacay, you know what I mean? My goal is to keep it short and sweet. [This is coming from a classic over-packer, mind you…] We’re only a short drive to the hospital so it’s not like Eric can’t grab something if need be. Plus, from what I hear the hospital stocks some pretty snazzy underwear! Meow.

Anyway, feel free to leave your hospital bag suggestions…I’m all ears!

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Milissa August 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Hi! I am relatively new to your site as my family is vegan-curious but I really love the creativity in your recipes. Ahh…pregnancy! So exciting and strange with your first baby. First, let me say that walking and yoga will prove invaluable during labor! The yoga breathing alone will help you through contractions. I know you mentioned an epidural but keep on your feet and moving as much as you can for as long as you can. It will speed things up and you will meet your daughter even sooner! While epidurals are widely used and even pushed by many docs they can actually slow the whole process down. I’m sure you know all this and whatever you choose I hope your birth experience is wonderful. And trust your feelings…if you think baby may be making an appearance soon, trust that and pack your bag! Comfy Jammie’s and nursing bra, healthy, high protein snacks and something with sugar…your body will need it! I used honey sticks but glucose tablets are a good vegan choice. I totally over-packed but these items were definitely used! That feeling of disbelief that a human being is inside you continues after birth, especially with the first. I remember being amazed the nursed let me bring my first daughter home!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 9:16 am

Thanks for the food tips – I’ll have to look into glucose tablets! I didn’t know they even existed. :) Seems like a good solution if you don’t have an appetite.


AmyR August 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm

My husband was frantically throwing things into a bag on our way out the door to the hospital, oh and I would have already been about 7cm at that point!!! Our daughter came 9 days early and super fast! We chose to labor at home as long as possible, and for some reason didn’t think to pack a bag till the last second. I also kept thinking I had all the time in the world to get things accomplished, but our little girl had a different idea!! Being slightly modest, and even after our doula said most woman end up naked during delivery, I still thought I would remain in a “delivery outfit”…..well, my gown lasted about 30min from check-in, you will not care at all when in the middle of it! Because we had to stay in the hospital for 48hrs, at the 24hr mark I did change into pants and a nursing top of my own….had we gone home after 24hrs I wouldn’t have changed out of the gown at all. Let’s just say I would rather the hospital have to deal with getting stains out than me out of my clothes. Other items I’m so glad I had were lotion, face and body, chapstick, and a hair brush. Oh, and definitely a pair of flip flops or slip on shoes! In the end it is such a short period of time, and my husband was able to drive home and back the 10-15min to grab me something. Hope this helps! Good luck with your labor and delivery!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 9:18 am

Oh man, I bet that was a bit frantic! Makes for a good story, right? haha. Thanks for your packing tips. :)


Leanne August 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Hospital bag: nursing bra, old pjs you don’t mind if they get a stain on them and ones that are easy to nurse in (I actually liked a pair of tights or yoga pants and a tank top), comfy clothing to go home in (yoga pants are good!), an older pair of underwear (again possible stains) sanitary napkins (I liked the longer ones with wings for the first couple days), flip flops (easy to slip on and off for getting in and out of bed), socks, a light robe, Boppy or other breastfeeding pillow, toiletries, camera, Phone and charger, and computer (to let us all know the good news ;)
Husband Bag: snacks, drinks and $ for delivery time (depending on how long it goes, he might need to refuel a bit, this way he won’t have to leave the room to do so), his swim trunks (If you are in the shower or tub and he want/needs to be in there with you), clean clothing for him (at least a shirt), his toothbrush.
Baby: carseat, clothing to go home in, blanket, pacifier (if you want the hospital to use a certain brand), diapers, wipes. I just let baby be in what the hospital provided until we went home, that way it was less things to worry about there.
Hope that helps! Blessings!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 7:27 am

Thanks Leanne! Love your suggestions. :)


Jen August 24, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Leanne above nailed it! I changed into yoga pants (really roomy comfy cotton ones – nothing too fitting, of course) fairly quickly and a nursing tank. I think the baby wore the hospital clothes until we left so just a little cozy onesie and a little jambes would be good for going home. My son lived in the onsie/jammy combo until he was at least 3 months old I’m pretty sure. Bring some shampoo, conditioner, soap and maybe some moisturizer for face. I put on makeup too for the pictures – cheeky but I’m glad I did! cozy socks. I found I didn’t need a robe because I was so warm from hormones and holding and nursing the baby and you sort of hang out in a bed anyway that first day so you have blankets… I had the man run over to Whole Foods for dinner and snacks. We were lucky to be so close! Very exciting to read this section. I love your blog


Angela August 24, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Thanks Jen! Awesome ideas. I picked up a couple Target nursing tanks today…love them already! And you totally reminded me that the WF is only a 2 min drive from the hospital…what could be better? That will take some pressure off what to pack for food, especially not knowing how many nights we’ll be there.


Samantha August 23, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I agree with the above list–I’m 41 weeks pregnant with our third :) One thing I would add is “padsicles”. Take some maxi pads or size 1 diapers and lightly saturate them with water. Put wax paper or aluminum foil between each pad and freeze in a freezer bag. They are AMAZING to have in your undies during the first few days of recovery! Good luck, you will do AWESOME :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 8:09 am

padsicles…who knew?? haha….great idea!


Jordan August 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm

OTMH has padsicles they supply, you just need to ask. I don’t know if that is your hospital but they cut you off on diapers pretty quick so pack lots with you. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 29, 2014 at 7:21 am

Good to know – thank you!
How many diapers do you think I should pack? I have no clue..I think I have 10 packed right now.


Jordan August 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

I think they cut me off at 3. I had a full pack and probably went through half of it (new moms ALWAYS use more diapers) but I was also there for three and a half days. I would also take a super soft and warm receiving blanket to have the baby swaddled in as soon as she is born, babies seem to find a comfort in the blanket they are first swaddled in (maybe the smell?) and the hospital wont let you keep the blanket they use.


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Wow 3 doesn’t seem like many at all! I’ll probably pack some more in the car just in case we run out. I also have two receiving blankets in the diaper bag. :)


Katharine in Brussels August 31, 2014 at 5:15 am

It may depend on your hospital, as ours just automatically charged for the full pack that they gave us. To be safe I would bring a full pack. Do you have nappy cream with you? My firstborn was very sensitive to disposable nappies and got a nappy rash by Day 4 that wouldn’t go away even with medical advice on which cream to use. We gladly switched to cloth nappies and that was the end of it. We reusued the same nappies for #2 and will do the same for #3 on the way.
You might want to askt he lactaction consultant on which nipple cream for bfing that she recommends. My hospital gave us La Roche Posay lip balm since it’s also a mucus membrane and is hypoallergenic due to the tiny risk of a lanolin allergy. But there are a lot of chemicals in it so I tried lanolin and DD was fine. Since Whole Foods is nearby, if you decide you want some you could ask Eric to pick it up.


Ruby August 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Mix 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water and freeze in ziplock bags :)
It comes out like the jelly ice that will mould to how you need it to be!!


Katharine in Brussels August 31, 2014 at 5:20 am

Ruby, thanks for that tip :) I will keep some at home for the homecoming (in March 2015).


Megan September 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

What I did instead of soaking them in water was soak them in a healing herbal “Tea” like mama earth angel baby healing bath and freeze those. Then you get the ice benefit as well as the healing herbs:) You’ll need full-bum granny panties with them for sure though!


Jacquelynn August 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm

SUCH a good idea! I am pregnant with my second right now, but I had a 4th degree tear with my first. This idea would have been so nice during that recovery time!


Katharine in Brussels August 31, 2014 at 5:19 am

Looks like you’ll read this with your adorable third in your arms! Congratulations! My #2 stuck it out till 41.5 weeks but we are 14 wks with #3 and I’m going to a chiropracter once a month this time in case my ligaments were holding DS up and away from the cervix where he couldn’t burrow down to signal labour to begin. Food for thought should you want #4 :)


Samantha August 31, 2014 at 1:32 pm

#3 is here! She came swiftly as soon as the Dr issued her eviction notice ;) I can’t encourage the chiropractic enough–I saw my chiro with #2 every two to three weeks and she came beautifully at 37 weeks. I believe the adjustments made her descent easier. This time around my schedule didn’t allow those appointments and I think if I did have them, number 3 wouldn’t have had so much trouble descending.


Heather August 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm

This is a weird thing to tell someone I don’t know but I feel like you’re an old friend from reading your blog for years now so…I would bring lots of extra underwear. The hospital does provide some snazzy ones but their supplies for everything just stop suddenly. I didn’t really need anything during the labour part other than some music and my husband. The hospital staff was amazing and very helpful. I remember being so worried about it but they take such good care of you there really isn’t anything to be worried about (I know it’s impossible not to worry). Good luck! You’ll do great!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 7:28 am

haha not weird at all, thanks for the tip!


Lorie August 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm

I had my family bring my own birthing ball after I found out the hospital ones were a lot smaller (and flatter!) than my own. I wish I would’ve had it when I first went to the hospital.

I actually loved the hospital underwear!! Honestly,you feel so swollen and sore “down there” that having those loose,stretchy mesh undies are the best,especially when you are changing those huge hospital pads every hour or two. I brought some extra pairs home with me and they were all I wore for the first week or so.

Other than that, I found I way over-packed. I was so caught up with my baby girl–and was sore/not moving around too much– that I didn’t change out of the hospital gown at all on that first day postpartum.

I was so glad to have my own toiletries for when I took a shower,and after that I finally put on a real pair of clothes (comfy PJs). We went home after about 24 hours,but I can imagine even on that second day I probably would’ve kept the same clothes on. Bring your phone and charger,but I would’nt even bother with an Ipad or computer. You will have plenty to do with your baby and with any visitors coming in!

Oh…do bring your own snacks though! I ate a couple hospital Neal’s,butbibwouldve been so much happier with food I brought…

Best of luck! It will be the best experience of your life!!


Lorie August 23, 2014 at 9:37 pm

(This is coming from a major over-packer ,too :) )


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 7:32 am

Thanks Lorie! We’re going to limit ourselves to one carry on bag and a small fold up cooler bag. I need to figure out what food to bring!


Ashley @ Spite or Flight August 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Consider taking some earplugs and a sleep mask or bandana. Nurses and techs come in all night long, and while they’ll still wake you up, they’ll help drown out the extra noise and light. I wish I’d had some. If you’re planning to breast feed take a nursing pillow so you can practice while lactation consultants are there to help in case you need it. Comfy pjs and sweats are a must and separates are best so you can just pull up your top to nurse, and at least one nursing bra/tank. And pack an extra empty tote-bag for all the stuff the hospital gives you (diapers, wipes, fancy underwear and gigantic pads).


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

Great tips – and love the idea of an empty bag too! I’ll probably just throw in one of our reusable shopping bags since they don’t take up much space.


Christabel August 23, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Pack your hospital bag. Seriously. Do it now. If things move fast and unexpectedly you will be so grateful to be able to just grab it and go. Especially in the middle of the night. Make sure you include a t-shirt and underwear for Eric (just in case you have a longer stay). Bring flip flops!! My wife and I got wicked athlete’s foot from the hospital shower. (and this was in a nice hospital!)

You look amazing!


Christabel August 23, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Also, I really appreciated a comfy/soft nursing tank top and comfy pants for going home. I was so hot and sweaty from the hormones I didn’t want to wear anything else. I lived in that outfit. I bought three tanks and three pairs of pants.

OK, fine. i’m still wearing them a lot and little guy is 11 months old.


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 7:34 am

haha…no shame in that! I live in comfy clothes ;)
Thanks for the reminder about flip flops for the shower..I was just going to bring my slippers for the room, but now I think I will just bring flip flops since they are multi-purpose. Just like the good old university days!


Anna August 23, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Pack an extra outfit for yourself and hubby, comfortable pjs and slippers, snacks, nursing bras, toothbrush & toothpaste, camera (or camera phone, whichever you’re using) & charger. For baby – diapers, coming home outfit, hat, wipes, carseat, blanket, swaddler

I chuckled at the poop explosion comment. Once your milk comes in (usually around 3-5 days) and baby really starts feeding frequently, poop explosions will start happening (I’m talking out the diaper, up the back explosions lol). Be prepared for baby’s first poop though :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 7:37 am

Thanks Anna!
I think the morale of the story is to find a really good baby laundry detergent?? haha. Do you know of any good ones? I’ve been using some all-natural stuff we use on all our clothing, but it doesn’t work as well as I would like.


Rachel August 24, 2014 at 7:54 am

I keep a travel size container of dish soap in the bathroom. When we had a blowout, I would cover the stain in soap and soak it in cold water ASAP!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 9:21 am

ah good tip…I wouldn’t have thought to do that!


Kate August 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Bunchafarmers stain stick really works – even on my daughter’s super stain-y (not a word, sorry) baby poop. My mother-in-law just gave me one to try and I am totally in love with it (and its natural). You can google it if you’re interested or I bet your local health food store would have it.


Anna August 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

I use Echo Clean for baby all of our laundry (we have some sensitive skin here in our household). Like this one, but for babies http://www.vipsoap.com/cart/2X-Liq-Laundry-1.5L.html.

If you’re using disposable diapers, then you’re more likely to get poop blowouts (out the legs, up the back kind), but if you’re using cloth diapers, I found much less blowouts. The cloth seems to hold in the poop better. :) I used a separate laundry detergent for cloth diapers because you’ll need to get safe detergent for cloth diapers. I used this one http://rockingreensoap.com/


Kate August 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm

I totally agree with the cloth diaper comment. I was having to change my baby’s clothes at least 3 times a day for the blow outs (usually out the legs), and NOT ONE blow out with the cloth diapers yet. Love love the cloth.


Cara August 27, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Seconded on both counts! Cloth diapers are AWESOME–never had a poop explosion, and Rocking Green is the best laundry soap–I applied soap right to stains and diapers stayed snowy white! (I also use RG for all of my laundry now and and completely happy with it.)


Katharine in Brussels August 31, 2014 at 5:35 am

Totally agree, ladies! Cloth nappies saved us so much money, they pay for themselves within a few months, and it was really much easier to put my newborn down and throw in a wash than take the trash out (full of disposable diapers), or ask DH at midnight to get us some diapers asap. Have heard great things about RG but it’s unavailable here, I used a German liquid fine washables detergent that our eco baby store recommended, just 1/3 of a capful per wash. A liter of it lasted us the better half of a year, easily. Granted I might not have done cloth if we hadn’t had a washing machine at home (we have no dryer but it was fine). There is a great cloth nappy calculator for deciding when the price point of nappies & laundering breaks even with disposables from the Diaper Pin, just Google ‘cloth diaper calculator’. Yay for cloth!


Lele August 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm

The blogger who writes Back to her Roots has GREAT advice about natural laundry detergent, and she just had a baby. Definitely check her out!


AmyR August 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Vinegar works wonders as a pretreat! I also have an all natural handmade lavender laundry bar that is amazing…..wet the area, rub laundry bar over the stain, and rub the fabric together….throw in the wash and every horrifying stain has come completely out!!! Even from white fabric!


Anna August 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

We have absolutely love the Rocking Green Laundry detergent. It’s the first detergent Ever to blow me away. Not only baby clothes come out shiny clean, but sheets, and towels, and my toddler clothes are noticeably cleaner! Good luck!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 29, 2014 at 7:16 am

I ended up buying a bag of the soft rock unscented! Can’t wait to try it out this weekend :)


Emba August 29, 2014 at 3:38 am

The sun is the best remedy for poop stains. Formula or breastfed. While they are still just on milk sun will always do the trick.


Katharine in Brussels August 31, 2014 at 5:29 am

Anna, sounds like you had a lot of excitement with poop explosions! It only happened once to us between our two babies, because we used cloth nappies with swimwear elastic sewn holding in the leg and waist ruffles, and a wool culotte over it (my DD’s skin couldn’t tolerate the plastic machine washable covers). This kept our baby clothing bill down since we didn’t need many changes of clothes, but our crèche only used disposable nappies and they required us to buy more clothes after the inevitable poop explosions. ‘Sposies use just a fine elastic thread to hold in the leg and waist, so they are susceptible to leaks, but washable ones are made to hold up through hundreds of washings. We also needed to buy nappy cream for the ‘sposies since they don’t breathe. It’s astonishing how many things just a simple nappy changes.


Jessica August 24, 2014 at 6:08 am

Ah so exciting!! I asked my husband what he thought was most useful because I was so busy (ie in pain) that I didn’t go near my bag once, but he did! Change of clothes, underwear (big is best!), socks, shoes for the shower and walking around the ward, (Eric needs the most comfortable shoes he owns because he will be on his feet a LOT!). Toiletries for both of you, food for both of you, especially if the hospital food is not your thing, you will be hungry and need some good nourishment! Eric will need snacks and a packed ‘lunch’ because he might not be able to go out and get food whenever he feels like it, especially if it’s an intense labour. Music and portable speakers are good, if you have music you enjoy to help breathe or give you something to concentrate on during contractions.
Not long now!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 7:38 am

Thanks Jessica! Great tip about the comfy shoes! I’ll pass that along to him.


Kim August 24, 2014 at 6:29 am

Instead of the mesh wire underpants I loved men’s boxer shorts, in a big size. In the beginning I used my husband’s but they got really stretchy, so I asked my mom to buy some cheap ones. Really comfortable, I used them for at least a month! It keeps the big pads in place and feels really nice. I left some extra clean ones in a basket near the toilet because sometimes I couldn’t reach the toilet fast enough (I would feel the need to use the toilet and had to use it RIGHT NOW which I didn’t always make in time, because the pelvic muscles are so stretched. Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about that part? Hahaha!)


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 9:22 am

lol…love your honesty!! a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Sounds like you had a good plan in place!


Rachel August 24, 2014 at 7:51 am

I think I brought yoga pants to the hospital with me, but once bébé made his entrance (*ahem*), I didn’t want to wear constricting bottoms! I brought a light robe, which was nice for that long slow walk I made down the hallway when I was going STIR CRAZY (and for when visitors are there). Also, I needed some throat lozenges after delivery–my throat was sore from moaning through contractions. I tried not to pack too much, but I think we all do. I was definitely fine hanging out in the hospital gown after labor. I figured, why get stains on MY clothes?

Regarding practicing w/ another baby: I got to hold at least 3 friends’ newborns in my last month of pregnancy! Isn’t it strange, when you have your own cooking away in your belly?!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 24, 2014 at 9:25 am

Yea I can totally see that about yoga pants feeling constricting. Plus, if I by chance need an emergency c/s that will be the last thing I’d want to put on. A robe sounds perfect!
It was funny holding a newborn knowing one was inside me! My belly did make a nice “table” though…no nursing pillow required! haha


Stephanie August 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Don’t forget all your lactation boosting foods/snacks and have the pump on stand-by at home in case you need it brought in for unforeseen circumstances. Breast feeding can be difficult to get started the first few days. I assumed it would be the most natural thing in the world, but it took some time to teach the baby to eat and I had to pump quite a bit at first before producing enough milk/syncing our schedules.


Katalijn August 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm

You look great! I also kept walking until our little girl arrived, and I think it helped with the delivery.
I was supposed to start mat leave at 38 weeks, and was so looking forward to having 2 weeks for myself before all the chaos would start! She had other plans though, and decided to arrive at exactly 37 weeks. Just full term, but very healthy and a speedy delivery. We were home within 5 hours of leaving for the hospital! We had just installed the car seat that afternoon, since I had some weird feelings, but not expecting to need it so soon!
We also packed a big bag for the hospital, but all we used was the new born outfit. I even went home in the same shirt I wore going into the hospital. So classy LOL Luckily it was 4 am when we went home.
So maybe I’m not a great help on that front! What I’ve heard do is lib balm is a must. Hospital air seems to be dry. And they gave me underwear for after that I even washed because it was so comfortable. Ok, maybe tmi :)

You’ll do great, and I think being calm beforehand really helped me with it all.
Good luck with the last little bit!


Christine August 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm

I just discovered your site today! I am on maternity leave and I have been looking for some new healthy recipes to try! Congratulations on your pregnancy! The last few weeks are the hardest….at least that’s what I found! I would just get so excited to meet my new little one! Those online lists of what to bring to the hospital are very thorough! I followed them and had so much stuff we could hardly move around the room! There were a few items I am happy we brought. The iPad this time which gave us lots to do, music to listen to etc! I was glad to have my lulu lemon pants to wear home and a special outfit for my new guy to wear. Pack some treats to your husband! Oh, don’t forget flip flops to wear in the shower and around the hospital. Wishing you all the best!


Dalia August 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm

My water broke at 35 weeks 6 days and my son was born 24 hours after. SO PACK YOUR BAGS!! ;) also you never know how long you may have to stay at the hospital. My son suffered some jaundice then low white blood cell count and we stayed for 5 nights. I hope everything goes well with your labour and baby girl but you should maybe pack for the 24-48 hours of hospital stay and keep an extra bag at a parents or in your house for someone to bring if you stay longer. I bought a pretty pusher (so I wouldn’t have to wear a hospital gown) but I felt too embarrassed to wear it on the day. I remember being soo hot wearing the hospital gowns (2 of them) that I wished I had put it on. Good luck!


Ruth August 24, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Pack your own food. I am a nurse and I actually work in labor and delivery. I had my first baby 11 months ago and the only thing I really missed was real food. Hospital food just doesn’t cut it. I actually never eat in our hospital cafeteria and this is a very nice hospital. When I had my baby my family brought my husband and I meals.
The other thing I really wanted was chapstick and hair ties. Your lips get dry from breathing through contractions and from the hospital air and my long hair was always in the way.
I only brought a going-home outfit for me and one for my daughter. Like “Amy R” above, I decided to let the hospital linen service deal with any stains and let myself relax.
Congratulations and enjoy! Having my daughter was the most amazing and empowering experience of my life so far. :)


Natalie August 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm

I dont think this has been mentioned but I cannot recommend highly enough to purchase some super luxurious body wash to use in the shower once baby is born. I felt like I had run a marathon after giving birth and while I felt completely astonished and invincible afterwards, the pampering for my sore and tired body was absolute heaven. The hospital where I gave birth also had volunteers coming around giving foot massages (so nice and helps get rid of all the late third trimester swelling), so some foot massage lotion and a willing masseuse is also wonderful. Hugs to you at this exciting time xx


Shellon August 25, 2014 at 12:21 am

I tried to scan most comments but I am also trying to nurse my little one to sleep so this may be repeating:
Toilet Paper! You won’t be doing much wiping, more blotting but the toilet paper I was supplied with would disintegrate and stick to my bottom. When it is such a mess down there and you really don’t want to look, having to pick remnants of toilet paper off is not on the list of favorites.
I ended up completely naked except a head band (pony tails became bothersome to me especially with an epidural and being on your back. And after I spent my time in yoga pants, nursing tank and one of the little robes they provided.
Loose shoes for going home in, my feet were really swollen I could barely fit my snowboots.
Baby book if you want to try and get their foot and hand prints in it.
And the hospital underwear and pads are great for the first days but if you end up with an extended stay, your own underwear and pads are a godsend. Super duper overnight with wings heavy max flow, but still smaller than the hospitals.


Stefanie August 25, 2014 at 1:40 am

Hi Ange,
I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to see your little baby girl!
Well, the fist time you bring her home…that will be a very emotional moment, I guess. I would be weeping with joy :). Oh, and Sketchie will be so curious – he’s a cat, after all; and babies do smell so good and clean. Well, unless they sport a full diaper, that is….

What to pack in the hospital bag? I’d say something you would not expect, like a fancy nightgown, preferably lace. You know, for those fist photos where new moms usually look like every hour of labour they went through. This way you can omit the nightgowns they give you in the hospital LOL…

Anyway, I wish you all the best and a short labour, of course. You two will be great parents! Keep us posted, will you?



Kelly P August 25, 2014 at 3:36 am

Ha, nothing like labor stories to get women opening up about the most personal details of their lives!

Most of what I really needed was mentioned: thick pads, some toiletries to make me feel sane, nursing pillow, my cell phone, etc. Flip-flops were essential during labor and for the shower. I labored on a ball for several hours and my water broke. They prevented slipping and fortunately, were washable!
If you do intend to try to labor without an epidural, things to help you during that process will be necessary (we brought our computer and music and dried apricots and almond-paste bars which gave me, and my husband, much-needed energy). I’d also brought a picture of the beach to focus on and candles to make the room cozy but I ended up mostly focusing on my husband or with my eyes closed, just breathing. The candles were vetoed by the hospital, for fear of setting off the smoke detectors (haha, hand’t thought of that!). Check and see if the hospital provides a ball to labor on. That was the one and only position I could tolerate during the worst of the contractions.

To get in the packing spirit, you can start with Baby’s bag! That one is so much cuter and less scary to pack. :-)


Rayna August 25, 2014 at 6:52 am

My son was born four weeks early in January so my mom packed my bag over the phone!
Got lots of use put of my big water bottle for sips between contractions, and face wipes to wipe the sweat off.


Tiffany August 25, 2014 at 7:37 am

So exciting! I remember those cervix pains. They are sharp, quick, and brutal! I can’t recommend bringing a comfy robe enough! You never know how delivery is going to go. We had a difficult one, and I didn’t even get out of the hospital gown for 3 days. My new, comfy robe was a lifesaver. Plus, when guests visit you can throw it on over your nursing tank…my boobs blew up after the baby was born and I really appreciated the extra coverage!


Stephanie Moore August 25, 2014 at 9:56 am

The Tucks Medicated Pads were a life saver after childbirth! But it all depends what your hospital provides…ours provided all of my meals (they made vegan meals for me), underwear, tucks, pads, a little spray bottle to clean down there after going to the bathroom, diapers, wipes, and we filled a size 1 diaper with ice from the ice machine to place in my undies. They also provided swaddle blankets and taught us how to swaddle, and gave us a halo sleep sack/swaddler to keep.

The ice and tucks were amazing. After I got home, I used the tucks for another couple of weeks. If you want to use the Tucks, buy them now so they are there for you when you get home! I found that I didn’t use any of the changes of clothes I brought to the hospital, except for going home. I went home in maternity pants and a maternity shirt. But I was much more comfortable in the hospital gown (I had a really difficult delivery and could barely walk for one full week after).

And don’t rely too much on your hubby going home. Mine had to go home (only 10 minutes away) to take care of the dogs a few times, but it was really really hard for him to leave, even for such a short time.


Natalie August 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

Hi Angela! I just LOVE the ‘baby’ section of your blog- it is fabulous. Can I ask how old you are and how you and your husband decided it was the ‘right’ time to start a family? I’m currently grappling with these questions (30th birthday is fast approaching!) and I would really love to hear another woman’s take on the how’s and when’s of having the first baby. Thank you in advance and also for your amazing blog!


Tegan August 25, 2014 at 10:38 am

I am so excited for you! Having a little one is very exciting! I did not have my bag packed before the big day as my little one came 6 weeks early. I sent my husband home to back the bag and he came back with half the house!!! What I would recommend to pack is toiletries, comfy pants, nursing tank top, underwear (for when you are done wearing the diaper the hospital gives you), your own pillow and a sweatshirt. You really don’t need all the things they tell you to pack. Just make sure you are comfy!


Stephanie August 25, 2014 at 11:14 am

I don’t know if anyone has mentioned the herb witch hazel, but I found it really soothing after I had my kids. It comes in liquid form, and if you keep it cool or in the fridge, and then put some on your pads it reduces swelling, and really speeds up the healing process if you need an episiotomy. I think you can purchase it at Shoppers Drug Mart.


sarah August 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

I had incredibly painful vaginal area with my son when I was pregnant towards the end. To the point where I had to ice my crotch. I also had terrible sciatica pain and couldn’t walk well until I got things moving… oil the joints ya know haha… also, BH contractions, I said the same thing to my husband, “These hurt so bad I will never survive labor” but guess what! Labor was SO different and I ended up not getting an epidural at all. It’s different pain. You are looking great. I can’t wait to see your little bundle of joy!!!!


Wendy August 26, 2014 at 10:04 am

ice within a newborn diaper was a lifesaver for me for DAYS after delivery!!!


Karen August 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm

No hospital bag tips (we stayed at home for both) but I just wanted to say (a) I love your cookbook and it is my most loved…We make many things from it even though I also have dozens of other cookbooks! and (b) Lots of positive birthing vibes to you!!

From a fellow Cdn girl :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Thank you Karen!


Gloria August 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm

RE: baby’s first poop.
If your babe doesn’t have her first poop during labour (it happens sometimes, especially if baby gets stressed), her first poop after birth will be a sticky, tarry mess. Meconium STAINS, and isn’t the easiest thing to wipe off her skin. If she hasn’t gone poop by the time she’s wiped off, bathed & diapered, you can rub some oil on her bum (or ask the nurse/doula new daddy! to do so). Will make the first meconium diaper change so much easier to clean up!


Tamara August 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I’m going through the same thing over here(34 weeks today and my baby app said we should pack the hospital bag this week). Right now, I’m laying everything out in her crib so that if necessary I can stuff it all in a bag very quickly.

I’m planning to make a spreadsheet check-off list for everything we want to bring, particularly those things you can’t really pack till the second you leave(cell phone charger, camera, ect). And check it off as I add things to the bag, so that when the time comes, I can quickly see what i still need to grab.

One thing my hospital tour guide emphasized and I’ve heard from others, is to bring your own pillows!


JIll August 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Flavored ice chips. My husband took gatorade ( I would use something else now) and froze them in an old ice cube tray. On the day, he broke them into shavings and shoveled these into my mouth during labor. They often do not allow drinking when on epidurals but the OB said this was fine. It was so soothing and kept me hydrated. I ended up having a long/complex labor after a great pregnancy and these and my friend, the massage therapist, rubbing my legs that were shaking like an earthquake were my favorite things to have, in addition to loving support. Also, if your husband tends to be shy/quiet, make sure you have a really good advocate.


Lori August 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm

I was about to type a novel but decided jus to say that everyone has it pretty well covered above. I will say that 2 pillows from home, baby nail file in case baby comes out with long nails, small blanket for the husband for sleeping and maybe a hoodie or light jacket (we ladies are so hot from hormones so it might actually be cold in the room for them), all came in handy. Snacks are important! I knew it was time to go to the hospital when I started crying because I didn’t think we had enough snacks! ha! Even though you have a WF nearby, Eric might not be able to run out right when you guys are starving, so have bars, muffins, cookies, just snacky food. Maybe some overnight oats or chia pudding sort of thing for the morning. And coconut water or something very hydrating for after giving birth, or even during, if they let you. I totally over packed the first time. never touched the music I brought. But everyone’s experience will be different and I think it’s great to have all your bases covered, especially the first time. This time, I’m 5 days overdue right now and my bag isn’t even complete! Not smart! Oh yes, put a hefty bag and towel in your car to sit on during ride to hospital in case your water breaks on the way. Well, that ended up a novel anyway :)


Andrea August 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I echo the padsicles!! Seriously, by my third labour I just grabbed my purse with my iphone, lip gloss and a cooler with those padsicles. You will need a lot of comfort and care down there after labour. I would also encourage you to get your own food as well. After a 12 hour labour with my first child, I remember the nurse bringing in a plain Eggo waffle. I almost cried. A gross Eggo after all that work??? I wish I took a picture of that pathetic “breakfast.”
Best of luck with your labour, Angela. You are about to be blown away with love for the rest of your life.


Bridget August 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

I think the others pretty much covered it, but in case no one else mentioned it, make sure your “going home” shoes are roomy! I had no idea my feet/ankles would be a little swollen after birth and I could barely shove them into the TOMS I packed. Also slippers for around the hospital – I bought some of those granny slippers that are kind of like ballet slippers only polyester :)


Soumya August 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Hey Angela,
Long time follower on the blog and so happy for you. Most of the stuff to take to hospital is already covered by most ,I just wanted to say that all the nervousness you feel now will go away the moment you see your baby girl. I though i would be nervous too but boy was I wrong. :) They handed me her in my hands and I was soo confident not scared / nervous at all. I just knew I would do this…Know that feeling? It will feel the same.

so happy for you :) Definetely make Eric pack as well. My hubby didnt pack his bad and we were getting his clothes packed after my water broke. and also have him rest while he can too…It can take long with the frist time, and they get tired too considering they have to do all the running once the baby comes. .

Take care, Soumya


Ivana August 26, 2014 at 3:10 am

So excited for you! I have two little girls close apart, and both birth experiences are still very fresh for me. Had my first two weeks early, so DO pack SOON hehe! But no need to overpack, your family can bring you everything you need afterwards. The others have covered pretty much everything but I would like to mention the lip balm again. Worked wonders for me both times. Had my first with the help of an epidural, the second without. Totally recommend the epidural. Oh, and my advice is to focus on the recovery period. The labor itself is a strong and overwhelming experience but it only lasts a couple of hours. Or more,hehe, but still it is very soon over. And then come the hormones and you have to deal with a lot of things regarding your postpartum body and your feelings, not just a crying baby. Take care of YOURSELF. Read as much as you can on physical AND mental postpartum recovery because it can more time then you would think (definitely more than 6 weeks). Give yourself and your body time. And accept all the help you can get! I hate to be a downer but I wish someone had told me more about these postpartum things when I was about to go through them. Wishing you all the best!


Wendy August 26, 2014 at 9:53 am

Hospital bag necessities:
– Comfortable clothes (think yoga pants and pajamas)
– Flip flops to wear in the shower and slippers (the hospital floor is hard. standing/walking on it hurt the pads of my feet and wish i had slippers!)
– Travel-size toiletries (hospital toiletries SUCK)
– A few baby outfits for cute pics. We didn’t even think about that and all of our hospital pictures are wearing the hospital white clothes.
– iPod for music during labor/delivery
– Snacks for your husband. You won’t be able to eat the day of, but he’s going to need lots of small snacks to eat between contractions, etc. You don’t want him passing out during delivery!
– Chargers (ipod, phone, etc.)
– Comfortable black underwear (I bought boy-short black underwear and was so thankful to have them)
– Nursing bra or nursing tanks – don’t bring over-sized t-shirts for your comfy clothes because they are such a pain to nurse in!

Is your car seat installed? My son came 2.5 weeks early and my husband hadn’t installed our car seat so he had to leave the hospital early to go install and then come back to get us!


Anna August 26, 2014 at 10:29 am

Everybody here has great suggestions, so I am not going to write everything down, but take socks!! i remember how glad I was I had couple pairs of socks to put on my feet during delivery. those feet sticking right up from delivery bed get cold! lol :)

also, nipple butter or something like that. there are vegan and natural ones. and they are safe, babies can eat them, so you can apply away! :) because your nipples will be sore. nipple butter saved my sanity :) good luck! :)


Ruth August 26, 2014 at 11:22 am

I have no hospital bag suggestions, but I agree that walking is underrated. I have been advised by my doctor & physical therapist to stop running due to a spinal abnormality (which causes pain — you can relate, I’m sure, with the sciatica stuff…that’s what this is like constantly), and so I’ve been walking and doing other low-impact activities. It’s really not so bad. Different muscles get used, too! I’ve actually thought about doing a triathlon in which I swim, bike, and WALK. If I can get over being sloooooooow, I might do it! Keep up the walking!!


tara @ the mama modern August 26, 2014 at 12:43 pm

bring water and coconut water! it is way easier to have your own than relying on someone to bring you water. plus, if you’re like me….you’re a fish :)


Anna August 26, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Hi Angela,

My best piece of advice for you is to have your bag all packed now. With my first I didn’t have a bag and had to explain on the phone to my husband after the birth what granny panties were and where to find them in my dresser. That was pretty frustrating after just giving birth. LOL If you have a stretch and sweep be prepared to have the baby after the 1st sweep but every person is different. With both of my kids I went into labour within hours of having it done. At the hospital ask the nurse if she could provide you with extra pairs of the underwear they give you. You’ll know which ones I’m taking about because you can pull them up all the way up to your chest. That first week after the birth these underwear will be your best friends. Also not sure if you’ve heard of Bravado but if not they have amazing nursing bras that you can order online. I lived in my bravado breast feeding tank tops for the 1st year. As for breast feeding the first 2 weeks are the toughest and after that it’s completely and utterly rewarding, beautiful, magical, etc…..

Enough with the tips. I’m super happy for you. My family has been vegan for 10 months now with our 4 and 2 year olds. I have cooked/baked almost everything in your book and we’ve loved every single recipe and are completely addicted to the chickpea salad sandwiches, the lentil loaf, the pumpkin pie, the banana ice cream cake. Oh hell we’re addicted to all the recipes.

Anna, John, Meredith, and William


Jen August 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Getting close my dear – so exciting :) I would also encourage you to bring a nursing cover. I made a rookie mistake and didn’t pack one and I really regretted it. You just might not feel comfortable nursing in front of random well wishers, I certainly wasn’t! I also brought some cute thank you cards and had my hubby pass them out to my fab. nurses. I wouldn’t worry too much about bringing pads with you to the hospital. At least in Chicago, my nurses gave me a bunch of the big pads and ice packs that I needed for the first few days at home. I also really appreciated the disposable undies they gave me – so if they offer you some of them to take home, take them! I bought some Tucks medicated pads and had them waiting for me at home. The hospital gave me some anyway, but those were lifesavers! I also wasn’t allowed to eat anything during labor but was glad I packed snacks for later on. I also agree with some other comments here – remember you will be a patient too! I hadn’t even looked at it that way. So be sure to take care of yourself as much as possible! Good luck :)


Amber August 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Lipbalm that stays on in a flavor you really like. Make sure your husband is in charge of it so he can put it on for you. Best of luck!


Shanny August 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Hi Angela, one thing for sure….a pregnant woman with a blog sure will get a lot of advice. Lol

You look great and you sound like you are doing well. What an inspiration to still be exercising at your stage! I’ve had six beautiful babies and yep, those stabbing pains in the cervix are normal. I’ve even had a few toes turn green and fall off along the way (just kidding on that one….of course).

My one piece of obligatory advice is….expect to go overdue….and if you go early, then that’s a bonus. I’ve just seen so many women get depressed because it doesn’t happen when they ‘expect’ it to. Those last few weeks feel like months but you do eventually get to hold that sweet precious baby in your arms.

What a wonderful, exciting time of your life! All the best and I’ll be watching for the announcement of the birth of your precious baby.


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2014 at 7:48 am

hah, well if my toe falls off I won’t worry too much then! ;)
Yes, I hear it’s much more common to go overdue than early for the 1st…good advice to be patient!


Gabi August 26, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Hi there,
Just one suggestion, although don’t know your specific hospital’s equipment and your plans on breast feeding, but from my experience, take a nipple cream and a hand pump to the hospital. I ended up with a C-section and had trouble in that department. I packed a bunch of stuff I didn’t use, but if I will have a second baby, I will make sure to have a camera with charged battery, nipple cream, a hand pump, swaddle for baby, snacks and a bottle for water for me. Other than this, most things are there or not quite that important or I already forgot missing them, it’s almost been 2 years since my child’s birth, but these are clear in my mind that I would need to have. Good luck!


Michelle August 26, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Haha I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re in labor now. I remember when I nested with both my kids I was giving birth within the week. Good luck and God bless girl!


Layla August 27, 2014 at 1:26 am

Wow, I’m due September 17 too! My only pregnancy related annoyance is carpal tunnel syndrome, other than that I am fine.
Good luck momma, we can do this!


Chelsea August 27, 2014 at 9:58 am

Lots of ladies summed most of it up. Just thought I would add organic baby wash for her first bath in hospital. Don’t want to put all those nasty chemicals on her new skin . And a heating pad for those after birth cramps and lower back pain. Proved invaluable with my third.


Amber Shaus August 27, 2014 at 12:21 pm

With my first, I waiting until two hours after my water broke to wake my husband. And then I waited another two before showering, packing my bag and heading to the hospital. IF you’re nursing I’d pack a nursing gown to sleep in. You’ll feel more human than you would in a hospital gown. Also snacks. I cannot stress this enough. I didn’t eat from like 9pm the night before until midnight just after baby was born. I was starving. I think if I had smuggled some nuts and fruit in with me and snacked during the many hours of contractions I would have enjoyed my little guy a lot more that night.


Robyn August 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Hospital bag – everyone has it covered. Buy the biggest, most absorbant pad with wings your can get, and if you remember, have someone wet a few and stick them in a freezer if you have access to one at the hospital. My midwife did that for me and it was welcome relief. Also, bring popsicles – quick, hydrating snack when you don’t feel like eating, and cranberry juice to keep infections away from your bladder. Chapstick is a must, and olive oil to slather on your baby’s bum to keep the first tar-like poop from sticking to her. Remember that you are strong and women in far worse off conditions survive and you will too. Good luck!


Shira August 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

With each of my 3 kids, I packed less and less with my hospital bag. And I used even less than that! All you really need are nursing bras, a toothbrush, a phone and charger, vegan snacks if the hospital won’t have enough for you to eat (I always brought granola, soy milk, energy bars, healthy muffins, etc.), a few outfit choices for the baby for going home, a very comfy outfit for you to go home in and the carseat. Good luck!!


Lynn August 27, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Nothing you’ll read, nothing anyone will say and nothing you imagine can prepare you for the journey that awaits you….so pack what makes sense, prepare to be amazed and overwhelmed and just remember that your body know how to do what it needs to do…it just needs you to allow it to.


Danielle August 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Bring burp cloths. :) Some absorbent ones. :)


Kathryn August 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

So I am going to suggest what NOT to pack in the hospital bag.
I packed peanuts butter granola bars for my hubby to snack on while I was in labor.
Little did I realize when he leaned over to coach my breathing I got a whiff of peanut butter. It was awful! We still laugh about it years later! Don’t plan on sleeping the first night in the hospital either. They are in every hour to check on you.
I totally agree with Ivana’s comments on postpartum recovery.


Keri August 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Gah! That bump makes me miss having one. You are adorable :)

Life savers in my hospital bag: coconut water. The only thing I could keep down during 28 hours of labor–that and I had honey sticks. Only honey sticks aren’t vegan! Maybe just coconut water. Lots of it.

I packed leg warmers & comfy slippers–thinking I’d be walking the cold hospital floors while laboring, but I spent most of my time in the tub. I wish I would have packed a bikini top for this reason. Modesty went out the window, but I went in to labor swearing it wouldn’t!

And finally, I packed 7 outfits for our baby for going home. I wish I would have packed more for myself. Yoga pants did not work afterwards–a maxi skirt would have been a better choice. I also wish I would have packed more blankets for our little guy–the hospital ones were a little rough from so much laundering.

Enjoy these last few weeks of being pregnant, rest as much as you can, and love the miracle of it :)


cls August 29, 2014 at 6:33 am

SITZ BATH. I thought it was so weird when the nurse offered it in the hospital, but ended up sending my spouse to the pharmacy for one after we went home. Ask for a sitz bath when you’re in the recovery room – it’s a little bowl that fits over the toilet seat – you fill it with warm water and linger there for awhile – so soothing on the lady parts. I’m due the week after you, and plan to bring some essential oils specifically for the sitz bath this time! Sending love and strength to all the mamas :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 29, 2014 at 7:12 am

Thanks for the tip! And all the best with your upcoming delivery!


Alyssa August 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm

You look amazing! You remind me so much of me when I was pregnant. My daughter is 4 1/2 months old now but the delivery already feels like a blur! I packed a bunch of stuff in my hospital bag and did not use most of it. The things I did end up using though were a nursing bar/tank top, robe, slippers, and an outfit to go home for myself and baby. Snacks are good too though. I had a 30 hour labor and was not allowed to eat until after the delivery. The mesh underwear at the hospital is more comfortable and you can ask for them to give you a few pairs to bring home! Enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy!


Carrie August 31, 2014 at 6:09 am

Extra undies and tanks. A doughnut cushion in case your labour is difficult. Earplugs. Baby sleepers 0-3 month and 3-6 month sized. My first never fit into the 0-3 month sized baby cloths, so much for all of the comments “you will have a tiny baby if you are vegan and still running.” My vegan, breast-fed baby was 20lbs by 3 months old. Ask the nursing specialist at the hospital to help you to get the baby to latch on correctly while lying down. Sleeping while baby nursed kept my sane.


char eats greens September 3, 2014 at 7:29 am

This made me laugh!! I definitely had the lightening bolt sensation too! ;)

How the heck are you already at 36 weeks?!?! I’m sure someone mentioned this above, but your own pillow from home is key!! And, my MIL brought me a small bottle of wine the night Nia was born…bless her heart! haha


Lori September 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Packing your hospital bag is a great idea. My water broke (a gusher) with my second, 3 weeks early, and I had to pack while walking around with a towel under me. I wish I had packed before hand. The suggestions above for packing are great . I was able to buy disposable underwear which were great for when my water broke and after my 2 nd was born. Also , have lots of water . For some reason I was so thirsty and couldn’t get enough water. As well, my exercise ball was instrumental in helping me through both my labours with no epidural. Either way , it helps with the pain.


Megan September 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I don’t know hospital regulations for food/drink as I had my baby at home, but I found straws incredibly helpful for sipping water and coconut water throughout labour. A straw seems like a weird suggestion but they were so helpful! I’d also suggest having on hand a really good, natural nipple butter for after the birth if you plan to breastfeed. Earth mama angel baby makes a great one. I found the lanolin ones to be way too sticky and they didn’t try as quickly for me. It’s something I wish I had on hand from day one though!


Zoe September 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm

warm socks and lip balm (my must have for the 2nd two kids) and maternity pads (i forgot mine the first time lol) hope it goes very well for you.
Love ohsheglows so glad i discovered it a few years ago :)


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