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. -Were packing the transfer bag, in case we need to transfer to the hospital. And Ive 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 theyre 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. Lets just get a few liners. -Little first-size suit-- -Blanket-- -The wraps for the nappies, plain white Id probably go for. Thats 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 its absolutely gorgeous but obviously only for a girl. Im done putting olive oil [unk]. Cause if you put olive oil on the babys bottom, [unk] a nappy over it; it stops the meconium sticking to their bottom which is horrible stuff to get off, its 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 babys born. -Its difficult, but let them cry. Really, I mean, obviously if they-- if they start getting panicky then youll obviously go and get them. But, I mean, theres nothing worse than having a mummys boy. You know, if they-- if they know youre gonna be there as soon as they start crying, then theyll do it constantly. And because I didnt do that from the word go, hes quite happy to lay on his mat and just, you know, talk to his animals. And, you know, hell sit there and have a laugh to himself. -So basically, dont fuss over him too much?-- -Yeah, really dont. Dont fuss, dont snuggle them. I mean, yeah, you know, when theyre 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 theyll now just-- theyll expect it all the time. And itll just-- Youll never-- youll never be on your own. Youll constantly have them on your hip. So thats what I do. And just enjoy them, enjoy them because you know, theyre only-- I mean, he is two months old and hes already in three- to six-month old clothes. They grow so quickly. And its-- You know, hes not a newborn anymore and it goes really quickly. So just enjoy them, when theyre tiny-- -Yes-- -Well pre-eclampsia is a fascinating condition. And its 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. -Thats today.