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I wanted to follow up my blog on packing for a cesarean birth (read that here). Here are some of my top picks when choosing what to pack in your hospital bag when you’re planning a vaginal birth.
This healing spray contains a hint of peppermint that provides soothing, cooling relief to your tender ladybits.
I know it says that they're for hemorrhoids, but the witch hazel is so good for healing after a vaginal birth! Most hospitals (Denton Presby, for example) will give you a small package of Tucks Pads during your stay, so it's a good idea to have some ready at home as well.
Ladies, do not, I repeat: do NOT wipe for 4-6 weeks. Fill this bottle with warm water and gently spray yourself after using the restroom. Get 2; one for your home and one for your diaper bag. Inevitably, you'll find yourself needing to go to the bathroom at your baby's first pediatrician appointment and it's either this, or the awful sandpaper-like toilet paper they stock in the doctor's office! Trust me on this one.
All of the hospitals I've attended births at as a doula so far have large fitness balls. These are priceless during labor, both at home and at your birth center or hospital. I recommend all of my Bradley Method students purchase one and bring it to class each week. During pregnancy, I advise you to sit on a large yoga ball so that your knees are at a 90 degree angle. Move your hips in a figure 8 or pelvic tucking motion to help stretch ligaments and encourage good positioning for baby. During labor, you can utilize the ball in the same way, and even lean over the ball in bed to relieve back labor. So incredibly versatile!!
What would you add to the list?
Birth With Bethany provides Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes, doula support, certified car seat checks and placenta encapsulation to families in the Flower Mound, Lewisville, Denton, Argyle, Plano, Dallas, McKinney, Frisco, Southlake, Trophy Club, Colleyville, Coppell, Carrollton and Grapevine areas.
I'm Bethany. Wife. Boy Mom. Bradley Method® teacher. Child passenger safety technician. Placenta encapsulator. I like little dogs, big hair and sweet tea.