40 weeks pregnant – What’s in my hospital bag?

Yup – I’m still here. I’m still writing. I’m still waiting. This little girl is keeping me on my toes, so I’m taking the time to walk, workout, sleep, watch movies and make sure EVERYTHING is organised for when she does decide to come.

Funnily enough my hospital bag has been packed since I was 35 weeks pregnant. How typical. If it wasn’t packed – perhaps she would have come sooner?! Oh well, it is, what it is.

So what have I got packed in my hospital bag? Is yours all packed? I hope this helps you to get organised….

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First of all, my baby’s stuff is all packed in her OiOi Diamond Quilt Hobo Bag.

This lovely looking bag has one main internal compartment for all her nappies (I’ve packed around 12), cotton wool, a baby grow (this is so cute – Mothercare is great!), some scratch mittens, a blanket, some vests and some muslin squares.

In the elasticised pockets, I have packed some bottles (just in case) and a few bottles of Aptamil 1 First Milk, again just incase.

The bag also has a padded change mat, an insulated bottle holder which i have taken out for now and a PVC OiOi wipes case, which again I have taken out, as the hospital suggests that you use cotton wool to begin with – not wipes.

And how about my bag? Well I actually have a small suitcase as I have so much stuff in there!
I have my *dressing gown, *some spare towels, *warm slipper socks (apparently your feet can get cold during labor), *rose oil, which is supposed to help relive back pain and help relax the pelvis, *lip balm, as your lips can get dry from the gas and air, *hairbands to keep my hair off my face, *my Gownie, maternity gown, *a TENS pain relief machine and also my phone with *headphones, as I hope to listen to my hypnobirthing session with Marisa Peer to help relax me and keep me focused.

I’ve also got lots of snacks and drinks to keep me going through the labour, including *Jax Coconut water, to keep me hydrated and energised (it’s better than water and energy drinks in my opinion!), *bananas, *Bounce Balls –  fudgie walnut is my favourite flavour, *homemade, clean and lean flapjacks and some *chewing gum.

I’ve also packed my hospital notes. DO NOT FORGET THESE GUYS!

Hopefully my next post will be a birth announcement!

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Pregnancy Countdown – 32 days to go. What does a pregnant lady wear at Christmas?

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When Christmas arrives – I will be 37 and a half weeks pregnant. Christmas is a time for socialising, dressing up and eating lots BUT I doubt I will be doing any of that.
I’ve warned my husband that I may be a kill joy. I do love my bump but sometimes a night in watching a film on my gym ball sounds far more appealing than being in a crowded pub with people bouncing off your bump!

So here is a breakdown of my pregnant Christmas….

Socialising – Yes. I will also be driver and probably falling asleep by 10pm. I’ll try 🙂

Dressing up – I didn’t think I would be – and joked to my husband that i will either be wearing my sports gear all Christmas or a black bin liner – until I discovered Tiffany Rose – a gorgeous maternity collection, that I came across when looking at pictures of pregnant Michelle Heaton online. Michelle is also pregnant but always looks so glowing  and graceful, and the dress she was wearing was absolutely gorgeous. It fitted in all the right places and showed her bump off beautifully!
I then found the website Tiffany Rose and spent hours looking through their collection and deciding what to order for the big day.
The range, inspired by icons of the 50s and 60s, includes timeless classics, with a touch of vintage or a modern twist. Some of the pieces are very dressy and if you had a wedding to go to or something would be ABSOLUTELY perfect. The truth is I only have four weeks of pregnancy left, with no big events like weddings coming up etc so I went for this gorgeous Grecian Top, that would look nice with skinny jeans or smart trousers and can be dressed up or down. It’s really floaty and elegant and something I would wear pregnant or not! I’m looking forward to wearing on Christmas day with a nice chunky cardigan, skinny jeans and some wedge boots.

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A few other favourite pieces were the DAISY GOWN, which is uber elegant and sophisticated…

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and the EDEN GOWN SHORT, which has a floaty skirt to hide any lower body sins and detachable Midnight Blue satin sash that will fit neatly around your bump should you wish it too – a bit like a bow around an extra special Xmas present.

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At last – I feel so much more positive about my maternity wear wardrobe. I have really struggled with what to wear during my pregnancy and will be recommending Tiffany Rose to all my friends !

So that leads me on to my last Xmas bullet point of;

Eating lots. Will I be eating lots? No probably not.
When you are pregnant your baby takes up LOADS of room inside your body – room that used to belong to your lungs and stomach and digestive system.
Check out this picture below. The left-hand image shows a woman’s body before she gets pregnant, and the right-hand image shows her body carrying a full-term fetus. See how squashed her stomach is? If you eat too much when pregnant you end up feeling totally bloated and can’t move so the best thing to do is eat little and often. I’ll be saving some of my Christmas dinner (and pudding!) for a few hours later that is for sure – doggy bag springs to mind!

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Pregnancy Countdown – 34 days to go. The Low Down on Birthing Balls

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Ok so I’m now officially over 35 weeks pregnant – and coming up to being nine months pregnant – who would have thought time would fly so quickly?

This week is all over getting the most out of my birthing ball – something you may have heard a lot about in your NCT classes or from your midwife. I sit on it as much as I possibly can!

A birthing ball is essentially a gym ball/swiss ball. I find it comfortable to sit on especially if I am working or watching the TV in the evening – as its uncomfortable to sit of hard chairs at the moment and I find it effort having to get up from my low sofa.

It also
* helps me to keep my posture in the right position,
* will help my baby get in the right position for birth and
* helps me to build strength and flexibility in my spine and thigh muscles.

When you sit on the ball you’ll also find that the legs naturally drop to the sides, so therefore open in the pelvis to its widest diameter and adds optimal foetal positioning in preparation for labor.

You can take it to the hospital to help with labor too! My mid-wife defiantely advised me to take it as sitting on the ball encourages a natural swaying motion of the pelvis, which helps the baby descend into the birth canal.

I also like it because the sitting position assumed on the ball, is very similar to the squat – which opens the pelvis and helps the birthing process.
The ball also supports your entire weight making it easier to breath and take pressure of the back.

I will most ceratinly be taking mine with me! One piece of advise though – just make sure it fits in your car before you make the trip to the hospital – that could be pretty embarrassing! I know one lady who had to get a cab to the hospital but leave her ball by the side of the road because there wasn’t enough room for it!

Need a birthing ball? Here are my top three gym balls.

Physical Company – Physical Stability Ball
Pretty in pink – this ball is manufactured from flexton®, a burst resistant material that has undergone static compression testing. 
£14.99; www.physicalcompany.co.uk
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Reebok TWO TONE GYMBALL

The mid-wife won’t miss you in this! It’s suitable for users between 170cm and 185cm (5′ 7″ – 6′ 1″) in height and comes with a DVD for once the baby is born and you want to work on getting your pre-baby body back! 
£29.99; www.idealworld.tv

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Technogym Wellness Ball
O
k, not the cheapest option I know, BUT it is made with special materials that favor perfect stability, traction and cushion during exercises. It also comes with its own bag, Pump and gauge for inflation, so if you can’t fit it in the car already inflated, you can do it at the hospital. 
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