Young mum Serena takes us through what she found useful when she gave birth to her daughter.
Here’s what Serena says in the video if you can’t watch it…
Hi everyone my name is Serena I’m 25 years old and I have a 3 year old daughter called Skye.
So preparation, I’d say first time parents make sure you’ve got your overnight bag with you. You might have a caesarean and be expected to stay up to a week.
I’d say make sure you have your documents, your hospital records which will have all your details of blood tests, urine tests, all throughout your pregnancy so that the doctor or the midwife has that on the day of the birth.
Nappies of course… a change of clothes for yourself, comfortable clothing because you will be in hospital. I bought some disposable flip flops from the pound shop.
Be prepared, a gown, a nightie, sanitary towels, but most hospitals do supply you with sanitary towels.
Bring appropriate clothing for the baby, the onesies or the short vests. Lots of cloths, the muslin cloths which are 100% cotton are quite good especially if you’re breastfeeding to wipe off any milk.
I thought if I took a normal bra that was wired it might be a bit uncomfortable for me and also your breasts do enlarge as well, so probably buy a sports bra or a non wired bra.
I would say pack some Vaseline as well. You wouldn’t think you’d need it but do pack that because if you’re dehydrated as well you need to keep your skin moisturised.
Breasts can sometimes blister where it’s quite sore and tender so nipple cream is quite good.
Breast pads as well stop you from leaking, all these glamorous things! So definitely have those in your hospital bag as well even if you don’t want to breastfeed you still will leak until the milk dries up.
Before I gave birth I went out a bought some loose fitting nighties, and a light dressing gown and some loungewear as well.
Make sure it’s elasticated and probably go one or two sizes up just because you want to be comfortable so no skinny jeans or anything like that!
Read more advice and stories on young mums’ blogs below:
- 18 things I wish I’d known about pregnancy and giving birth, by Ellie
- “I’d do it again in a heartbeat”, by Becca
- “Now ain’t the time to be having contractions!”: Stephanie’s birth story