Pregnancy Essentials – Hospital & Baby Bag Checklist

Pregnancy Essentials – Hospital & Baby Bag Checklist

Your new baby is arriving soon and you probably have a lot on your mind so being prepared can help to reduce any anticipation you may be feeling. Taking plenty of time to enjoy the experience of getting your hospital bag ready can help you to prepare mentally for labour. It is never to early to start packing your bag, a good rule of thumb is from around 34+ weeks or early in your third trimester. Ask your consultant and midwife what items will be available during your hospital visit, they often provide pregnancy balls, towels and baby hats to name a few. This helpful hospital & baby bag checklist will make sure you and your baby are fully prepared for your trip to hospital. Don’t worry if you forget anything, you will have plenty of time for someone to bring more supplies as you need them. 

Essentials For Birth:

Birth plan ☐
Loose nightdress for labour   ☐
Nightwear – Plenty of changes  ☐
Disposable maternity briefs ☐
Dressing gown ☐
Perineal gel ☐
Slippers or Flip Flops ☐
Toiletries – Toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo, rejuvenating shower gel ☐
Maternity sanitary towels  ☐
Face cloth ☐
Cold drinks & water ☐
Hairbrush, hairband or clips to keep hair out of Face  ☐
Bikini if you are using a birthing bath  ☐
Phone & charger  ☐

Non Essentials But Good To Have:

Pregnancy birthing ball (Often provided by Hospital)   ☐
Tens Maternity machine for contractions   ☐
Beanie Bag to heat for back pain   ☐
Essential oils to help with relaxation or tiredness.  ☐
Rejuvenating face mist spray  ☐
HypnoBirthing or GentleBirth music ☐
Music device or tablet ☐
Ear plugs  ☐
Something to read i.e books, magazines ☐
Lip balm – Lips can get dry during labour   ☐
Glucose sweets for energy  ☐

For Mum Post Birth:

Loose cotton top suitable for skin to skin ☐
Plenty of maternity underwear  ☐
Toiletries ☐
Lanolin nipple cream     ☐
Disposable nursing pads  ☐
Maternity nursing bras  ☐
Light snacks and drinks for energy ☐
Makeup Bag ☐

For Your New Baby:

Baby gros & vests  ☐
Baby hat, socks and mittens ☐
Newborn nappies ☐
Baby wipes ☐
Newborn Soother ☐
Blanket (Provided by Hospital) ☐
Car Seat ☐

Orlagh Gahan is a Complementary Health Therapist and Psychotherapist in Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland. She providing a range of therapies for health, pregnancy and fertility. Find out more or book an appointment online at www.orlaghgahan.ie 

Pregnancy Reflexology – Nurturing the Nurturer During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Reflexology – Nurturing the Nurturer During Pregnancy

Pregnancy reflexologyPregnancy reflexology also know as maternity reflexology or ante-natal reflexology is a wonderful therapy which treats the whole body by working on the feet using massage, pressure and gentle movements. It is a very soothing and relaxing therapy which has many benefits throughout the course of your pregnancy. It essentially helps to bring about balance, harmony and relaxation while also helping to reduce and alleviate many symptoms experienced during each trimester.

Pregnancy reflexology essentially helps to nurture the nurturer through the many mixed emotions and changes of pregnancy.”

Your reflexologist becomes a friendly pregnancy partner who will nurture and support you all through your pregnancy. Regular treatments help the mother to cope better with pregnancy and prepares her mentally and physically for labour and motherhood. Many women will have previously attended Fertility Reflexology prior to becoming pregnant. Sessions provide a space to teach and practice simple breathing exercises and affirmations which are beneficial during the birthing process. Reflexology is recommended by the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street in Dublin 2. Pregnancy reflexology essentially helps to nurture the nurturer through the many mixed emotions and changes of pregnancy.

The Benefits of Pregnancy Reflexology

  • Helps reduce early pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, nausea and fatigue.
  • Alleviates physical symptoms such as constipation and heartburn.
  • Promotes and aids relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Provides a safe space to talk about any fears or anxieties that may be experienced.
  • Prepares the body for labour by balancing the bodies systems especially the endocrine system which governs the labour process.
  • Alleviates muscle and back pain.
  • Helps to boost energy levels and restore the bodies natural balance.
  • Nurtures, supports and reassures the client throughout the course of pregnancy.
  • Teaches and encourages simple breathing exercise and affirmations.

Find out more about pregnancy and fertility reflexology with Orlagh Gahan at the Naas Holistic Centre in Naas, Co Kildare at www.orlaghgahan.ie

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