Halfway through the third trimester or 31 weeks into your pregnancy, expectant mums should start packing a hospital bag for delivery. Here’s a guide to the essentials you’ll need to help soothe the pre-delivery frenzy.
- Doctor’s admission letter
- Personal identification for both parents (NRIC or passport for non-Singaporeans)
- Details of insurance and necessary paperwork and receipts from antenatal doctor visits for your medical claims
- Original copy of marriage certificate if you’re doing the birth registration during your stay
- Any other hospital paperwork or documents
- Chargers, batteries and/or power banks
- Nursing bra for breastfeeding
- Warm socks
- Non-slip slippers
- Personal pyjamas or nightgown, preferably front-opening
- Something to keep warm (a jacket or cardigan)
- Comfortable going-home outfit
Toiletries & personal items
- Hair ties
- Lip balm
- Sanitary pads (optional)
- Breast pump (optional)
Items to help time pass
Having these key items prepared and packed well before your estimated due date will help minimise hassle and unnecessary stress.
Aside from packing a hospital bag for delivery, consider packing a post-delivery bag that contains items for the baby – such as mittens, booties and baby hat – and a bag for your partner (both of which can be left in the car or at home until after your baby arrives).
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This article first appeared in Celebrating Life Apr/May 2017 Issue