Preparing for delivery and childbirth

Checklist for delivery

Tips on preparing for delivery and childbirth

 

Whether you’re having your first baby or your third, time just flies in the 3rd trimester and it’s never too early to be prepared for the last minute run to the hospital. Pregnancy hormones, fatigue and an endless to-do list can overwhelm the most organised person. Which is why we have come up with this list so that you’re not caught unprepared!

Some of the items on our checklist for delivery are:

  1. Get the car ready and the route to the hospital mapped. Make sure that your car is fueled up at all times during the final few weeks. Rehearse the route to the hospital at different times of the day and note how much time it takes during peak traffic times.Know the best and quickest route to the hospital plus a backup route just in case of traffic, closures or accidents. Have a blanket in the car and maybe some towels, in case your water breaks.
  2. Get all the baby furniture, clothes and whatever else you might need in place. You will not have much time for this once the baby comes and even when you do, you’d much rather be catching up on your sleep.
  3. Wash all the baby’s clothes and blankets and have them ready. You wouldn’t want to be doing laundry after the baby comes home.
  4. If you don’t have parents or other help who to manage your cooking after the baby comes, you should consider freezing some meals. These will come in handy later and can stay in the freezer for quite a while.
  5. Keep your hospital bags ready to go! Keep both the bags, one which you need for the hospital before the baby comes one for after delivery separate and make sure your husband knows which is which.
  6. Have a plan B ready: who you will go with if your husband is not available. Have a friend ready on speed-dial.
  7. If you have an older child, arrange for someone to keep them company till they are allowed to enter the hospital.
  8. Have you home set for your delivery. If you have a pet, plan for the sitter. Do you plants that will need care while you are away? Leave written instructions for whoever will be taking care of the things while you are in the hospital.
  9. Make sure you know the drill as far as the hospital procedures are concerned. This would include knowledge about where to go, who to call, which entrance to use in the night time and the nearest parking. Also, make sure any kind of paperwork is taken care of by this time.
  10. Keep your phone charged and pack a power bank with you. You need all your number at your fingertips (literally!) at this time!
  11. Get the camera and video camera ready to go. You’ll just get one chance to capture these precious memories so don’t blow this one!
  12. Finally, just relax! You’ll do just fine when you finally meet that little one you’ve been dreaming of for the last 9 months!

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