1. Medical Supplies
A labor and delivery bag should always include a basic medical supplies kit. This should include items such as adhesive bandages, gauze pads, tape, scissors, and a thermometer.
2. Ibuprofen and other pain relief medication
Many women experience pain during labor. Ibuprofen is a common pain reliever that can be taken during labor. Other medications that may be recommended by your doctor include acetaminophen and narcotics.
3. Labor-inducing foods
There is no evidence that eating specific foods will induce labor, but many women find that certain foods make them feel more comfortable during labor. Some suggested foods include spicy dishes, fruits, and juices.
4. Camera to capture the moment
Many families choose to capture the moment of their baby's birth on camera. If this is something you would like to do, make sure to pack your camera or camera phone charger in your labor and delivery bag.
5. Going home outfit
Most hospitals allow you to go home in the clothes you deliver in. Make sure to pack an outfit to go home in so you don't have to worry about it after the baby is born.
6. Nursing bras and pads
After giving birth, many mothers choose to nurse their babies. Nursing bras and pads can help make the process more comfortable.
7. A list of people to call when the baby is born
When the baby is born, you will likely want to tell your friends and family the good news! Make sure to have a list of people's phone numbers handy so you can spread the news quickly.
8. Snacks and drinks for labor support person(s)
If you have someone coming with you to support you during labor, make sure to pack them snacks and drinks so they don't get too hungry or thirsty!
9. Entertainment for during labor
Labor can be a long process! Make sure to pack some form of entertainment for yourself or your support person(s) so time goes by quickly. This could include an iPad, books, magazines, etc.