What should I pack for labour?
- Your birth plan and maternity notes (file kuning kalau di sini)
- Dressing gown. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour. You'll also need one on the postnatal ward. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better. A dark colour or a busy pattern will help to hide any stains (baju kelawar mungkin? hehe.)
- Backless slip-on slippers, that are easy to get on and off (selipar jepun)
- Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.
- Old nightdress or T shirt to wear in labour. It will probably get a bit messy, so don't buy anything specially to wear in hospital.(kain batik sajo? kui. tak disediakan baju hospital pun lar kan?)
- Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour. (nanti bau minyak pala seluruh bilik pula)
Birth ball.This can help you to labour effectively. Check whether the hospital has the right size for you. If not, take your own. Remember to bring a pump so your birth partner can inflate it for you. (Ada jer disediakan di bilik hospital itu hari, ada nampak. Lagipun tak berani ar duduk, bola tu tinggi dan besar dari saya).
- Lip balm. Your lips can dry out quickly on a warm labour ward. (petroleum jelly terbaekkk)
- Snacks and drinks for you while you are in labour. Isotonic sports drinks are good, or take some glucose tablets to keep you going (bawak favourite sejak azali lar, nestum 3 in 1)
- Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, or a tablet computer (oh, ini sudah pasti. tapi tak sure ada ke tidak disediakan internet di hospital)
- Hairbands or a clip. If you have long hair, you might want it tied up (kita bertudung je lar)
- Pillows. The hospital might not have enough to make you really comfortable. A V-shaped pillow can give you extra support when breastfeeding your baby. (mungkin juga bawak bantal bucuk sebab nanti takde bantal nak support perut)
TENS pain relief machine,if you are planning to use one.(oh, not thinking of using it. malas nak menyewa dan membeli alatan ini). Music.Take your MP3 player or a CD player and some CDs. Some hospitals provide their own CD players, but check first. (kita pasang ayat2 al quran je lar kot)
What should my birth partner pack?
- Water spray or a
hand-held fan, to cool you down while you're in labour. (nampak ada kipas meja itu hari dalam bilik hospital)
- Comfortable shoes. They may be pacing the corridors!
- A change of clothes. Your birth partner might not get the chance to have a shower for quite a while! (birth partner tu cik abang)
- Bendy straws, to help you to have a drink during labour (yang ini pun kena bawakkan? aiyayayy)
Swimwear, if they want to join you in a birth pool (oh, tidak menggunakan khidmat ini)
- Mobile phone and charger. If their mobile has a stopwatch/timer function, they can use it to help time your contractions. Or if they have a smartphone, there are apps available that can do the job for them. (wajib sangat ni)
- Digital camera or camera phone to take photos or a short film of the birth and early moments with your baby. (wajib juga)
- Snacks and drinks. You don't want a dehydrated, hungry birth partner looking after you. If they bring some snacks and drinks with them, they can stay with you, rather than leaving the room to search for food! (kena fikirkan makanan berat apa yang perlu atau senang dibawa untuk si peneman)
- A going-home outfit. You'll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you're in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your tummy to go down, so you'll probably still need your maternity clothes when you get home.
Handoutsabout how to get breastfeeding started you've received at your antenatal classes. If you have a contact card for a breastfeeding counsellor or specialist, take that with you too.
- Nursing bras. Bring two or three.
- Breast pads.
- Maternity pads. Bring a couple of packs.
- Nightshirt or T-shirt. Front-opening shirts are useful in the early days of breastfeeding. (dah disebut di atas tadi)
Decant these into smaller bottles, or buy travel versions, to save on space in the postnatal ward.You may sweat more after birth, so take a deodorant.
- Towels, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Old or cheap knickers, or disposable knickers. Don't bring your best ones as they will get messy. Big cotton knickers can be useful if you end up having a caesarean, as they won't rub your wound. The NCT sells brilliant stretchy knickers that are comfortable to wear over your scar.
Arnica cream. Although there's no conclusive evidence that it works, some women report that arnica cream helps reduce bruising and helps the healing process. Don't apply the cream to broken skin. (tak sure apa ini) Eye mask and earplugs, to help you sleep on a brightly lit, noisy ward. (tak perlu kot, tidur jer tanpa semua ini)
What should I pack for my baby? (double)
- Two or three sleepsuits and vests.
- Baby blanket. Although hospitals are very warm, your baby may need a blanket if it's chilly outside when you leave.
- Nappies. Your newborn will go through as many as 12 in a day. (dua belas???)
- Muslin squares, for mopping up any milk your baby brings up (possetting).
- One pair of socks or booties.
- One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest).
- Baby car seat. Some hospitals won't let you leave by car without one.
Jacket or snowsuitfor winter babies (dilahirkan di musim panas insyaAllah)
Saja ingin dicatatkan di sini untuk rujukan bersama. Itu pun dicedok dari internet. Midwife takde pula bagitahu apa-apa. Nampak dari senarai barang ni, mahunya lebih dari satu bag. Ke luggage bag yang beroda tu? Kua2! Tak sure pula orang bawa beg apa.