5 Hospital Bag Essentials for Kiwi mums
What should I pack in my hospital bag when I am having a baby? This is such a common question that we have decided to compile a list of the 5 most essential items that you may not even realise that you will need! Many mums also spend most of the time thinking of what to pack for baby and may overlook themselves in this process.
Say what?? The thing is that when you are having your first baby, you simply may not realise how important this item really is. Belly binding is an ancient practice that involves wrapping the entire midsection tightly straight after birth to help the uterus shrink back to it’s original size. A few great benefits of belly binding is that it supports your hips and back until such time that the relaxin hormone (which softens your pelvis for delivery) reduces. Many new or first time mothers are surprised to find that they still have a considerable jelly belly after the birth which forms like a loose pocket where baby used to be, this takes time to shrink back and belly binding makes the process considerably more comfortable. You may also experience strong after-pains as your uterus returns back to it’s original size, binding your belly after birth will definitely ease the cramps and provide pain relief. Your hips may be very tender and sore after birth, they may also be much wider than before your pregnancy. Binding your hips after birth whilst the relaxin hormone is still circulating will help bring them back into a smaller diameter and also provide much needed support to relieve any left over pelvic pain.
Okay, this is self explanatory. If you are planning on breastfeeding, or even if you aren’t, you simply cannot neglect to pack nipple cream into your hospital bag. The act of giving birth will release powerful hormones that bring on milk production. This process can be hot and uncomfortable and you will thank your pregnant self for planning ahead. If you are in the process of establishing breastfeeding for the first, or second or third time, your nipples will require extra protection and moisturising. A good nipple care cream will include natural safe ingredients for protection and healing.
And whilst we are talking about breastfeeding, what happens if you have an over or under supply of breast milk? You do not want to worry about this in the chaos which is the first few days of getting used to a newborn. So the solution is to have this tea packed and ready to go. A good herbal tea will not only help when milk supply is low, but will help to regulate supply so that you do not end up engorged with too much milk and a newborn who fusses at the breast. Good breastfeeding tea will nourish you, support your healing and also baby’s digestion and nutrient absorption.
You may or may not have had an episiotomy, regardless you will be very sensitive and swollen with possibly even a few nicks in your vagina or perineal area. Now is the time to start the healing. A good perineum ointment will provide you with much needed relief and help things down below to get back to normal faster. An oil will also be easier to apply whilst you are sore. Make sure your ointment contains St John’s wort oil as this has been shown to be very effective in healing skin as well as any nerve damage that may have occurred.
You may think that taking supplements are only useful during pregnancy, but this is not true. Even if you are not breastfeeding your body has been through a lot and you will need to build it’s nutritional status back up again. If you are breastfeeding it is especially important that you continue to take your multi & fish oil supplements so that you and your baby gets the optimum nutrition possible. It is very important to take a high quality supplement, this is not the time to skimp out. A poor quality supplement may not provide much if any benefit and where fish oil is concerned you definitely need to know that it is pure and effective. Looking after yourself now will save you a lot of health problems further down the track.