The hospital trip is a bit different when you're having a scheduled delivery. With over 30 percent of all American births coming via c-section, many mamas-to-be know they are going in for surgery. Whether the Cesarean was deemed necessary for medical reasons, or if the mama-to-be insisted on it, women who know they will be undergoing the knife need to pack a lil differently than those delivering vaginally. Load up your suitcase with clothing and toiletries to get through the three to five days you'll be in the hospital, and don't forget to toss in these nine items!
Looking good should probably be at the bottom of your list of concerns for the day you deliver . . . but doesn't shopping for a pretty new robe or luxurious set of PJs sound like a welcome break from the anxiety of that upcoming birth? We think so. While your actual delivery will probably take place in a less-than-glamorous hospital gown, you'll want to spend your next few days in something that's a bit more "you" (and a bit less paper). We think that any of these eight loungewear looks would be an excellent way to kick off motherhood.
Don't wait until your water breaks to throw things into your suitcase! Pack your bags by the seventh month of pregnancy to enjoy a peaceful third trimester frame of mind. Mamas-to-be usually focus on the contents of their own hospital sack, but her hubby and tots need to also be packed and prepared. Check out this slideshow to see what you need to stock up on and stow away before delivering babe!
You've packed your bag with everything from your favorite pillow to socks and nursing bras. Arrangements for the dog to be walked and mail to be collected have been made. But before you head to the hospital to deliver your bundle of joy, make sure you've got all the phone numbers you need to notify certain people and departments of the birth. Check out our list of six phone numbers (not just those for friends and family) that come in handy.