Near the end of your third trimester, things can start to get a little dicey. For most women the third trimester is extremely physically and emotionally taxing as their bodies experience a rollercoaster of symptoms including back pain, swelling, fatigue, sleepless nights and moderate to severe discomfort. These symptoms can lead to acute anxiety, stress and moodiness.
Success is 98% preparation!
These things are never fun to deal with, but taking steps to ensure you are fully prepared for what is to come will help suppress your anxiety and stress levels. One way to do this is to prepare in advance for “the big day” by packing your hospital bags and not leaving it until the last possible moment while having contractions and your mind on a million other things! More importantly, the more stress-free you are, the less stressed your baby is.
Here’s a comprehensive checklist of things to pack in your Labour Bag, Birthing Partner Bag, Postpartum Bag, and Baby Bag; all of which you will take with you when you leave for the hospital or birthing centre.
Your Labour Bag
Your Birthing Partner Bag
Your Postpartum Bag
Your Baby Bag