What To Pack for Hospital Bag?

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.

Important documents

  • 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

Tech gear

  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers, batteries and/or power banks

Clothes

  • Nursing bra for breastfeeding
  • Underwear
  • 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
  • Skincare
  • Sanitary pads (optional)
  • Breast pump (optional)

Items to help time pass

  • Music
  • Books
  • Tablet
  • Laptop

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).

For enquiries, please email contact@thomsonmedical.com

This article first appeared in Celebrating Life Apr/May 2017 Issue