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

  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • waterproof pads for the car
  • robe and slippers (for those hallway walks!)
  • suckers or hard candy
  • water bottles of ice
  • socks
  • an old nightdress or t-shirt (that you aren’t afraid to get messy)
  • massage oil
  • lip balm
  • books, magazines, games (to pass the time!)
  • headband/hair elastics
  • pillows
  • music (ipod, charger)
  • signed copies of your birth plan
  • pregnancy and birthing reference/reading material
  • Your Birthing Partner Bag

  • water spray
  • baby book to record weight/height/time of birth
  • comfortable shoes
  • change of clothes
  • watch (with a second hand to time contractions)
  • swimwear (if planning to join the mom-to-be in the birthing pool)
  • video camera (charger/batteries and accessories)
  • camera (film/memory cards and charger/batteries)
  • address book and list of phone numbers
  • long distance calling card
  • snacks and drinks
  • Your Postpartum Bag

  • nursing bras (2-3)
  • breast pads
  • maxi pads
  • nightshirt
  • a going-home outfit
  • towels and face cloths (coloured)
  • hairbrush
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • old/cheap underwear
  • Your Baby Bag

  • sleepers (2-3)
  • going-home outfit (hat and a jacket or snowsuit for winter babies)
  • baby blankets
  • diapers and wipes
  • pacifiers (optional)
  • one pair of socks or booties
  • burping cloths and receiving blankets
  • car seat and instructions
  • Happy Packing


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