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Pregnancy and Birth: Packing for the Birth

What to pack in your bag when preparing for a childbirth.

-I did say to myself a month ago, I said, ”I must get my bag ready to go.” And, you know, I'm due tomorrow and I'm still not ready. Just starting to get things organised for the baby. Andrew suggests a basket of stuff to be [unk] in the room, one for the baby and one for the mum. -We’re packing the transfer bag, in case we need to transfer to the hospital. And I’ve put in my pink pyjamas and my new slippers, all the maternity bits and disposable pads. -Yup. -Savvy, old nursing bra; should be nice and comfy. Old knickers and, oh yeah, breast pads, always useful. -And my toothbrush and my toothpaste. -Oh these are a couple of prefold nappies, which are-- To use than certain maternity pads ‘cause they’re so much softer and so much more comfortable to wear than nasty, icky, paper maternity pads-- -And now putting in stuff for the baby, for Lilac; two nappies and a wrap,-- -Very cute little nappy-- -some liners. Let’s just get a few liners. -Little first-size suit-- -Blanket-- -The wraps for the nappies, plain white I’d probably go for. That’s the first one. But this one arrived in post the other day, excuse my pile of laundry in the background there it needs sorting, and I just think it’s absolutely gorgeous but obviously only for a girl. I’m done putting olive oil [unk]. Cause if you put olive oil on the baby’s bottom, [unk] a nappy over it; it stops the meconium sticking to their bottom which is horrible stuff to get off, it’s like tar. I have been very extravagant. I have brought seven pairs of pyjamas; one pair of pyjamas for everyday that I intend to stay in my pyjamas after the baby’s born. -It’s difficult, but let them cry. Really, I mean, obviously if they-- if they start getting panicky then you’ll obviously go and get them. But, I mean, there’s nothing worse than having a mummy’s boy. You know, if they-- if they know you’re gonna be there as soon as they start crying, then they’ll do it constantly. And because I didn’t do that from the word go, he’s quite happy to lay on his mat and just, you know, talk to his animals. And, you know, he’ll sit there and have a laugh to himself. -So basically, don’t fuss over him too much?-- -Yeah, really don’t. Don’t fuss, don’t snuggle them. I mean, yeah, you know, when they’re first-- But well, all the time you want to cuddle them and love them all the time and but-- it just-- it makes it worse. It does, it really-- it makes it so much worse. ‘Cause they’ll now just-- they’ll expect it all the time. And it’ll just-- You’ll never-- you’ll never be on your own. You’ll constantly have them on your hip. So that’s what I do. And just enjoy them, enjoy them because you know, they’re only-- I mean, he is two months old and he’s already in three- to six-month old clothes. They grow so quickly. And it’s-- You know, he’s not a newborn anymore and it goes really quickly. So just enjoy them, when they’re tiny-- -Yes-- -Well pre-eclampsia is a fascinating condition. And it’s diagnosed by-- in a previously healthy woman, finding high-blood pressure and protein in the urine, in the second half of pregnancy. And both of those things clear up after the baby is born. -Pre-eclampsia is just one reason why consultant obstetrician, Des Holden, must record the blood pressure of all of his antenatal clients. -That’s today.