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My hospital bag

Hi ladies!

I just had my baby girl last Thursday and wanted to share what I needed in case it helps. Obviously a lot of it comes down to personal preference. We ended up scheduling a c-section 2 days before so there may be different things you'll need for a vaginal birth like a birthing ball. massager, aromatherapy, bathing suit or anything else to help during labor

1 nursing nightgown/robe set (I got a very cheap but pretty one at walmart for like $15 ...which worked great at the hospital and ripped after the 1st wash, I guess it did it's job)
1 buttoned up PJ set
Flip flops for the shower, slippers and 2 pairs of non slip socks (they did have socks so not totally necessary) 
Sleeping nursing bra from target which I loved
Granny panties. I only used them to go home, the rest of the time I used the mesh underwear they gave me.
Comfy going home outfit     
2 pillows with colored pillowcases, 1 for me 1 for DH. Before I thought this was unnecessary but the hospital pillows were awful, like a thin block of plastic
Toiletries (body wash, face wash, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturizer), basic makeup, dry shampoo.
Hair elastics
Chapstick
Sleeping mask: this was a lifesaver for me to take quick naps when I had the chance.
Breastfeeding pillow, another lifesaver
Snacks
Dollar bills for vending machines
Long phone charger
Driver's license/insurance card

For DH:
3 changes of clothes. He brought buttoned up shirts to be able to do skin to skin too. You'll likely need less if having a vaginal birth.
Sleeping clothes
Toiletries
Charger
flip flops
Sweater. I was having hot flashes but the room was very cold.

For baby:
Car seat
Blanket
Long sleeved footed onesies. Not really a necessity, she mostly wore the kimono tees and swaddle sack which were provided by the hospital
Baby book, if you want to get the hand and footprints 
Hair brush
Nail file, her nails were super long and they said no clippers for 2 weeks

What I didn't need:
Nipple cream (they gave me several samples)
Breast pads
Sanitary pads. The diaper like ones they provided were great
Stool softener, they gave it to me. 
Towel. Yes the ones they had were super thin and rough but I didn't mind, better than getting blood on mine and having to do laundry, It depends on how much you care about  your towel.
Diapers, wipes.

Good luck to all of you!
37 y.o 
TTC since October 2014
DX: Unexplained fertility 
3 Failed IUI's 2015
1st IVF cycle March 2016 , planned ICSI, PGS, FET
ER 3/31/16 30 retrieved, 26 fertilized normally
Sent 8 embryos for PGS: 5 normal (3 AA, 1BA, 1BC)
FET 5/11/16 (1 embryo)
Beta 5/23/16 BFN  :(
2nd FET 6/12/16 (1 5AA embryo)
++++TW++++
Beta 6/22/16 : BFP!!!  169 
Beta #2 6/24/16: 412
DD born 3/2/17
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Re: My hospital bag

  • Congratulations on your baby girl!! Thank you for taking the time to share this list, several things I would not think to bring but will definitely pack when the time comes. 
    Me: 31 DH:35
    TTC #1: March 2011 
    Fur-children: 3 dogs + 2 cats (all rescued)
    dx: Endometriosis and Fibroids 
    2 Laps and 1 Abdominal Myomectomy
    6 rounds of clomid
    5 rounds of iui
    IVF #1 Gonal F, Menopur and Cetrotide
    ER 12/1/2016:Retrieved 22 eggs 12 fertilized, developed moderate OHSS
    4/4 day 5 embryos were normal for PGS!!! 2 boys/2 girls
    FET 1/10/2017  
    Gallbladder surgery 1/10/2017
    FET 2/2
    BFP 2/7/17 <3 Beta#1: 594!!! Beta#2 1630!!!
    Having a girl! EDD 10/21/17
    Pregnancy Ticker
    yelllow22
  • @yellow22 Huge congrats on baby girl!!! She's beautiful :)

    I thought I had a pretty good list already going for my hospital bag but you definitely opened my eyes to some things! Thank you for sharing!
    ***BFP & Child Warning***

    Me: 33, DH: 37 ~ TTC since 2014
    IUI #1-3 (Nov 2015, Feb 2016, May 2016) = BFNs
    IVF ER (July 2016) = 7 PGS normal embryos
    FET #1 (Sept 2016) = BFP! DD born 5/30/17
    FET #2 (April 2019) = BFN
    FET #3 (July 2019) = BFP! EDD 4/4/20
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  • Thanks @ChocolateIsLife , love your screen name, very true  :p
    @wifeinraleigh28 Thank you, I'm so in love with her!
    Glad I was able to help!

    37 y.o 
    TTC since October 2014
    DX: Unexplained fertility 
    3 Failed IUI's 2015
    1st IVF cycle March 2016 , planned ICSI, PGS, FET
    ER 3/31/16 30 retrieved, 26 fertilized normally
    Sent 8 embryos for PGS: 5 normal (3 AA, 1BA, 1BC)
    FET 5/11/16 (1 embryo)
    Beta 5/23/16 BFN  :(
    2nd FET 6/12/16 (1 5AA embryo)
    ++++TW++++
    Beta 6/22/16 : BFP!!!  169 
    Beta #2 6/24/16: 412
    DD born 3/2/17
  • Thank you @yelllow22 I wouldn't have even thought to take my pillow, but I take it on every trip with me so it makes sense! 
    **TW**
    Me & DH - 31
    TTC since December 2011
    Diagnosis: Unexplained, although mild polycystic ovaries (not syndrome) and irregular cycles
    2013/14: 6 rounds clomid,
    Aug 2015: IVF #1 = Antagonist Cycle: 100 Puregon and Orgalutran
                                     21 eggs collected, only 1 viable embryo, transferred but BFN
    July/Aug 2016: IVF #2 (with acupuncture) = 87.5 Gonal F and Synarel Spray 2xdaily
                                          ER 8/8, transferred 1 day 5 blastocyst 13/8, 2 frosties.
                                          Beta #1 = 85  Beta #2 = 242
                                          EDD 1st May 2017 *Baby Boy*

    yelllow22
  • @teriulbricht  Neither did I until I took the childbirth class at my hospital and they strongly encouraged it! 
    I should add that every hospital is different in what they supply so it's good to check with them ahead of time. And also I brought all black/dark colored clothes in case of heavy bleeding (mine has been very light but that doesn't seem to be the norm) 
    37 y.o 
    TTC since October 2014
    DX: Unexplained fertility 
    3 Failed IUI's 2015
    1st IVF cycle March 2016 , planned ICSI, PGS, FET
    ER 3/31/16 30 retrieved, 26 fertilized normally
    Sent 8 embryos for PGS: 5 normal (3 AA, 1BA, 1BC)
    FET 5/11/16 (1 embryo)
    Beta 5/23/16 BFN  :(
    2nd FET 6/12/16 (1 5AA embryo)
    ++++TW++++
    Beta 6/22/16 : BFP!!!  169 
    Beta #2 6/24/16: 412
    DD born 3/2/17
  • Yeah I will definitely check with the hospital but it's good to have a rough idea so I can get started soon. 
    **TW**
    Me & DH - 31
    TTC since December 2011
    Diagnosis: Unexplained, although mild polycystic ovaries (not syndrome) and irregular cycles
    2013/14: 6 rounds clomid,
    Aug 2015: IVF #1 = Antagonist Cycle: 100 Puregon and Orgalutran
                                     21 eggs collected, only 1 viable embryo, transferred but BFN
    July/Aug 2016: IVF #2 (with acupuncture) = 87.5 Gonal F and Synarel Spray 2xdaily
                                          ER 8/8, transferred 1 day 5 blastocyst 13/8, 2 frosties.
                                          Beta #1 = 85  Beta #2 = 242
                                          EDD 1st May 2017 *Baby Boy*

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