Hospital Bag Essentials

packing a hospital bag

New Mum Advice: Hospital Bag Essentials

The lead up to the arrival of your newest addition to the family is an amazing journey full of excitement, fear, celebrations and probably more than a few emotional moments. But you’ve done it! You’ve reached the third trimester! While the nursery is probably all decorated and packed and the car seat is installed and ready to go, you maybe haven’t thought about what you’ll need on hand when baby’s birthing day finally arrives. Never fear Mama, we’ve made this list of Hospital Bag Essentials to make it all a little easier for you!

  what to pack in a hospital bag

When should I pack my hospital bag?

You want your hospital bag ready to go when your baby is! Keeping an eye on your expectant due date and remember to note if there are any chances that bub might come early. This could be the case for twins, for example. Your OBGYN will certainly let you know all of this and much more detailed for your own pregnancy. Many suggest generally that it’s good to have your bag packed from around week 36, just to be safe.

What to pack…

Your Hospital Bag Essentials list should definitely include:

  1. Cozy, non-slip socks or slippers. Believe me, you don’t want to traverse a hospital barefoot, but you’ll certainly want to keep your toes comfy while you’re walking around the hospital before and after labour
  2. The usual purse suspects: Photo ID, health care and insurance information
  3. Your mobile phone… and your charger!
  4. Comfortable attire – lose-fitting shirts, robes, jumpers and underwear
  5. Maternity bras and nursing pads. Even if you are not planning on breastfeeding, you will definitely appreciate having a little leak protection. Check out our bamboo nursing pads HERE
  6. Non-perishable snacks and change/eftpos card for the vending machine.
  7. Lip balm! You’ll be surprised how dry your mouth gets during labour. Also packing some sugar-free lollies could help too (definitely not sugar lollies though, as they will dehydrate)
  8. Your toothbrush, paste, hair brush, facewash, shampoo and conditioner, and moisturiser
  9. Prescription medication, glasses/contacts if you where them.
  10. Leaving the hospital attire: Matching outfits for mum and bub are total Instagram goals… but there’s a pretty big chance that’ll be lower on your priority list by now! It’s recommended you pack comfortable six-month maternity wear and a blanket and beanie for bub

  dad to be hospital bag

What should my partner pack?

The partner has an important supporting role during this process and delegating some of those hospital bag essential to hubby will certainly help. He should remember:

  1. A shirt that he doesn’t mind losing. He’ll want to hold bub and also enjoy skin to skin interactions, but if you’re having your partner present at the birth, there’s a good chance he’ll be in a shirt that gets damaged or soiled (not to mention that you may be pulling on it a tad during labour). This is the number one item we hear from new Dads that they wish they knew they needed sooner!
  2. His belongings – changes of clothes, toiletries, phone and charger (a battery charger for your phone too), a camera, snacks!
  3. Something to keep you both distracted or entertained during down times – perhaps a book, puzzle, podcast or something to watch
  4. The car seat! To take baby home, you’ll need to ensure you have a ride home with a suitable, safe and correctly installed car seat for your newest addition

If you have any essentials you think we’ve missed let us know on our Facebook or Instagram page!

  third trimester preparing for birth

Good luck Mama!

Tea Drinking While Pregnant

cup of tea held in womans hands

There’s a lot of delicious no-go’s when you’re pregnant – soft cheese, sushi and your favourite cocktails. It’s okay Mama, it’s just for a little while! But our favourite calming ritual and soothing drink can be sipped all through pregnancy and breastfeeding – tea! There are some guidelines we need to remember though to protect Mum and Bub, so we’ve gathered a few tips for Tea Drinking While Pregnant.

  pregnant woman drinking tea

Cup of Goodness

We all know tea is good for you, but why? Tea contains polyphenols and antioxidants which protect your heart and lower cancer risks. Other nutrients in tea can act to lower blood pressure, boost circulation and help out your immune system! During pregnancy, sipping on your favourite cuppa can ease morning sickness and even help with a shorter labour! When you just can’t drink anymore water, herbal tea can be comforting substitute to keeping you hydrated, while also upping some much needed pregnancy nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and iron.

hands picking tea leaves heart

Teas to Avoid

Not all teas are created equal – so we wanted to start off with the teas to keep an eye out for and avoid! While we can often be upset by weight gain during pregnancy, it is usually not a good idea to go near any “cleansing” or “detox” teas. These usually have a laxative action or promote increased urination – which can leave Mama dehydrated and lacking in the minerals and ions that both mum and bub require. Also be mindful to avoid teas containing St John’s Wort, Don Quai, Ginseng, Yarrow, Ephedra, Liquorice Root or Pennyroyal, which has been known to cause miscarriages. If you’re ever unsure about a tea ingredient, check in with your doctor or just be on the safe side and avoid altogether..

Overindulging in herbal teas can also work negatively with your pregnant body. Some studies suggest that more than 3 cups of tea a day can reduce the body’s ability to absorb folic acid and iron.

woman with tea cup

Teas for Early Pregnancy

Caffeine is one of those no-go’s while pregnant, because of it’s stimulating nature, which will increase blood pressure, heart rate and will act to dehydrate your body. So keep an eye out for herbal teas that are caffeine-free, like roiboos, peppermint and chamomile. Lemon and ginger teas can ease a tummy upset by morning sickness, ingredients found in Morning Wellness. Lemon Myrtle in tea can also help normalise female hormones and helps as a sinus decongestant for when colds strike during pregnancy.

  lemon tea with ginger and honey

Teas for Third Trimester

Teas including ingredients such as Red raspberry leaf or Nettle leaf should definitely be avoided in the early stages of pregnancy, as they have an effect on uterine muscle tone. This is actually beneficial though when taken later in the pregnancy, some suggesting from 32 weeks. These properties will work to promote effective contractions and assist during labour. It’s important to remember to keep your stress down, which can be easier said than done as you start approaching that due date! So teas with calming properties such as oatstraw, rosehip and chamomile are good to remember too. Luckily, Mama Body has us covered with Pregnancy– perfect for tea drinking while pregnant in the second and third trimester.

  pregnant woman drinking tea

Teas for Breastfeeding

We all know that what we eat can still affect bub through our breast milk. Caution still needs to be taken when assessing your tea selections. You can take small amounts of caffeine now (welcome back coffee!). However, its recommended to do so after breastfeeding or expressing. This way, the caffeine won’t still be circulating and entering breast milk by bubs next feed.

Teas that can increase milk supply and are safe during feeding include: fenugreek, fennel, raspberry leaf and Goat’s rue. Alfalfa is also good and some midwives report this can reduce postpartum bleeding.

Mamas Milk is a tea we stock from Mama Body Tea that is safe during breastfeeding and also nourishing to Mum.

  woman enjoying cup of tea

Have you tried our range of delicious Mama Body Tea blends? Or do you have any amazing Pregnancy and Breastfeeding safe tea recipes to share? Head to our Facebook or Instagram pages, we’d love to hear about your tea drinking while pregnant!

xx