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    Very thick pads. Plenty of spare undies. Snacks. A good book or two, or an ereader, or a laptop. A hairbrush and hair ties. Your own hospital gown {go on etsy and search 'hospital gown'...they're in nice colours and patterns and don't flap open at the back. A pair of warm slippers or non-slip socks. A toothbrush and makeup. Bodywash. Breastpads {you'll leak even if not breastfeeding}. Comfortable clothes like a tracksuit and warm pjs. A pillowcase. A new and comfortable bra.

    I also took the best, softest toilet paper I could find, my cousin had her daughter a week before me and said the absolute worst bit was having a poo using hospital one-ply paper! So I took a roll of the softest one I could buy

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    Everyone has given great tips! Some extra things are
    Change for vending machines when your craving a chocolate or soft drink in the night or during labour.
    Eye mask for blocking out those annoying lights while trying to sleep
    And definitely granny undies and comfy clothes

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    Lots of maternity pads. I used a pack prior to full on labour for my leaking amniotic fluid. Then after the birth its like a super heavy period, so you'll be changing them at least every 2 hours. As for the suggestion of disposable undies with built in pads... I wouldn't bother. Just get some dark coloured comfy undies and change the pad often. I only leaked through one pad and that was the day after the birth and I should have changed it sooner.

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    Haven't had a chance to read all replies yet, but one thing I would recommend is writing a list of everything you want/need. I went in at 38 weeks just to get checked out - they admitted me and I had to send DH home to gather my things & bring them in. Unfortunately I forgot a few things, and he over-packed, etc.

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    maternity pads! If you think you've packed too many - add another pack! Granny undies, comfy pants, bed socks, dummy for bub just in case you decide its necessary to stop the screaming at 3am .


    Oh, and maternity pads! ;p

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    Lots of undies. I packed what I thought was heaps, ended up in hospital for 5 days dues to c section and didn't have enough, had to get hubby to bring me more. Went through lots during the start of labour as I had not yet gotten to the point of losing my shame at being without underwear (but you will get there lol) but soaked right through undies and pads once my waters were broken as every contraction brought on a new ' gush' of fluid.

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    I severely overpacked... And didn't need half of it but here's my tips:

    - take your own pillow.. Way more comfy than the plastic crinkly hospital pillows
    - bed socks
    - mittens for bub <- my DD spent the first 2 days with socks on her hands
    - an iPod.. I paid for the tv but didn't really watch it. I just had it on as background noise.
    - tinted moisturiser.. It made me feel a little more human when I had visitors
    - makeup wipes in case you had a ceasar.. Makes it easy to freshen up until you can get up and shower

    I found that between visitors and sleeping and feeding I didn't get to read any magazines my partner bought me.. I played on my phone A LOT so definitely take a phone charger!!!

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    I always pack:

    Thongs to wear in the shower, can't stand the thought of standing on the germy Hospital shower floor with my bare feet.

    My own (soft) toilet paper and wipes.

    I haven't ever packed this, but I know others who have taken Ural with them in case they get 'stingy' when they need to go to the toilet as it helps neutralise the acid.


 

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