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….


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!


Trying to get pregnant and succeeding

One of my favourite nutritionists and experts is Marisa Peer. I met her when I was working at Men’s Fitness Magazine after seeing her on Channel 4’s Supersize vs Superskinny. She hypnotised Anna Richardson to eat less food and lose weight – and she did. The whole show was about Anna trying different diets – from eating baby food to living on lemon juice and maple syrup and you know what – Marisa’a hypnotherapy proved to be the most effective weight loss method. This fascinated me!

I then attended a few of Marisa’s workshops and met her personally when I wanted to give up chocolate. After an hour’s session, i gave it up completely for over 12 months and never looked back. The power of the mind is a great tool when you know how to control it.

When thinking about trying for a family – it made complete sense for me to read Marisa’s new book ‘Trying get pregnant (and succeeding)’. Marisa has such a positive outlook on everything and certainly knows her stuff. The book covers everything from nutrition to positive thinking and after writing down lots of positive affirmations and sticking them on my walls and mirrors (somewhere where you can look at them everyday) I felt more optimistic.

I also tried new supplements (to be covered in a later post) and listened to her CD at night  just before bed.

As Marisa says, ‘what your mind says, your body will eventually follow’, so I continued to tell my body what it was going to do and had lots of positive thoughts.

I would certainly recommend this to anyone looking to start a family. Your mind is so powerful – you could be the most healthiest person in the world but if your mind isn’t ready to accept children in to your life and the changes your body has to go through to get there, then your body won’t be!

Give it a go.