Ask a South Austin OBGYN about the best items moms-to-be should pack for the hospital

When you go into labor, your focus will be on getting to Seton Medical Center. That’s why the South Austin OBGYN teams at Women Partners in Health and The OBGYN Group of Austin recommend packing a hospital bag at 34 weeks of pregnancy.

Of course, there are items you know you will need to bring to the hospital, such as your video recording device and an adorable outfit for your new baby. These and other items are included on this helpful hospital pack list: However, if you are a first-time mom, our experienced South Austin OBGYN teams have specific suggestions to help make your birthing experience the best it can be.

Tips from a South Austin OBGYN to make labor and delivery more comfortable

Because the length of labor is unpredictable, pack something to keep you busy, like a magazine. Be sure to include items that will help you relax, such as a special pillow or a favorite picture of your family or friends. Also helpful is plenty of music on your iPad or phone, so don’t forget your charger. If you wear contacts, using your eyeglasses might be easier. And don’t forget lip balm, as lips can get chapped during delivery.

Feel good after your baby arrives

When taking care of your new baby, you’ll want to have something nice and comfortable to wear, so pack your favorite pajamas (nursing styles are available), robe and non-slip socks or slippers. A nice, hot shower will never feel so good, so bring your favorite personal-care items, such as soap, shampoo, hair-care products and lotion. Bring your toothbrush and toothpaste. And yes, bring your make up, just in case you want to wear it for photo opportunities.

When it’s time to go home, be sure to have one of your favorite maternity outfits, as this is what will fit best. Bring loose fitting shoes or sandals, weather permitting. Finally, don’t forget about Dad. Make sure your partner also packs an overnight bag with a change of clothes and any personal items he might need.

You’ve been preparing for months for your baby. Take a few minutes to prepare for yourself. Our skilled South Austin OBGYN teams have been delivering babies for decades. If you are pregnant or are ready to conceive, call Women Partners in Health or The OB/GYN Group of Austin to set up an appointment.