There is a lot on your mind before the baby comes. Plenty to worry about, plenty of doctor’s appointments. Having a baby is a busy time. That’s why I created this awesome hospital checklist of things to do BEFORE you head in for the hospital.
Although the law states that we can’t badger you about payment info while you’re in the heat of labor. That doesn’t mean we can’t bother your husband, and I’m talking for payment. This isn’t free folks — and pre-registering takes a least SOME of that headache away. I recommend it.
2. Do your disability paperwork.
3. Pack your bag.
In case you’re in desperate need of the big 3 — my favorite chapstick, hair ties and cell charger for use in the hospital. 🙂 I think this toiletry bag is a great way to keep everything organized when you’re shifting rooms.
4. Call Your Insurance or your HR.
You’ll want to know your co-pay, because as annoying as it is to fill out paperwork as your cervix is dilating, it’s even more painful to hear your copayment is 1,000 bucks when you thought it was free.
5. Drink water
If water isn’t your favorite, try an infusion water bottle to keep it naturally tasty. 🙂
I have heard some doctors say NOT to eat before you get an induction. I’m not sure what their concern is, as most doctors will tell you to EAT beforehand. We don’t feed you. Inductions are long, and you will want to eat in advance.
Note: Planned C-section patients are not to eat a certain period before the surgery, ask your MD.
7. Have a date night.
8. Consider a birth plan
Now, I’m not a huge fan of large, explicit birth plans. BUT, I think considering what you’d prefer in labor can be pretty smart!
I have a whole post about normal birth plan requests and how they can affect delivery outcomes. You can get my full birth plan there as well.
9. Take a prenatal class.
10. Write about it.
Write about your hopes and dreams as a mom. Sure, they’ll be mushy and gooey, and a lot of those dreams may be stomped on like crystal at a Jewish wedding, but you’ll want to remember those times when you thought motherhood would be magical.
Motherhood truly is magical. You just have to search for it and treasure each bit of the magic. Just like pregnancy. I think this Kate Spade journal just screams to have awesome pregnancy dreams written in it! This Belly Book looks SO fun, and Dating Divas has their own printable book. Check them out!
11. Shopping Date!
There’s plenty to buy for the little one, but CERTAINLY not what the baby stores would make you think. I have my very own post about the actual necessities to having a baby. After that, I’d splurge on a few things you think will be extra nice like the Owlet Baby monitor.
Don’t forget to register so your friends and family don’t end up getting you something you don’t want (or 12 of them):
Don’t forget to use Ebates to save EVEN MORE on your online shopping!
** You’ll notice I didn’t say “primp” — unless you haven’t showered in days we’ve seen it all and most times we don’t care. Sure, a quick shower is probably thoughtful for everyone, but I want you to be comfortable. As long as you feel good about how you look, I’m fine with it too. 🙂
Hilary has been a labor and delivery RN since 2001 and loves her job. Please don’t take any of the advice here on this blog over advice given to your from your doctor. I hope that you and your doctor have a relationship of trust, in which you feel the advice they are giving you is correct. Follow it, they know you and your baby. If you don’t understand something – ask questions, that’s what you’re paying them for!
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