What’s In My Hospital Bag? (Planned C-Section)

whats in my hospital bag planned c section

Lots of people requested I make a video on the contents of my hospital bag, so here it is – to be very honest, it’s not much different to the bag I took with me when I was having Angelica, which was supposed to be a natural birth. The clothes are looser, the knickers larger and I have more maternity pads, but apart from that the essentials seem to be the same. Stuff for mopping up (sorry), clothes for the baby and my trusty Kindle Paperwhite just in case I’m not so off my head on painkillers I can manage to read something.

Actually, I tell a lie: I have peppermint teabags (supposed to help with wind after c-section), Arnica tablets (for bruising), Nutri Mum bars (for helping with milk supply) (I’m sceptical, but we shall see) and hand sanitiser. Didn’t think of any of those things last time. Mainly because I wasn’t supposed to be having a section!

Anyway, full list below the video pane for quick reference.

Bystroom Leather Changing Bag: https://bystroom.com/bystroom-bea-lat…

Vest tops from H&M, striped top from GAP

Sleep Bras, Mothercare: http://www.mothercare.com/non-wired-2…

Nursing + Sleep Bras, Jojo Maman Bebe: http://www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk/2-pack…

Large cotton briefs, M&S (I get a 16 and am usually a 10): http://www.theuphill.com/maternity-kn…

Breast Pads from Lanisnoh: http://amzn.to/2jP2rEk

Nipple Cream from Lansinoh: http://amzn.to/2jwA9xo

Re-useable Bamboo Breast Pads: http://amzn.to/2kIpH83

Kindle Paperwhite: http://amzn.to/2kansKE

Ear Plugs (these are great): http://amzn.to/2jP1kEK

Pukka Mint Tea bags, supermarket

Nutri Mum Bars, supermarket

Weleda Arnica Tablets: http://amzn.to/2kanaU4

Always Night Sanitary Towels (supermarket)

Natracare Maternity Pads: http://amzn.to/2kIcLim

Nappies, Pampers Sizes 1 and 2

Baby vests, sleepsuits and hat: various, inc Next, M&S and ASDA

Old Havaiana Flip-Flops

Fluffy Dressing Gown from ASDA, £15

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  1. Ailsa
    February 5, 2017 / 12:09 am

    Stick your flip flops in the dishwasher for a couple of cycles – they will come out very much refreshed and ready for their hospital adventure

  2. Victoria
    February 5, 2017 / 4:31 am

    I had a c-section and cannot recommend one of these highly enough https://www.amazon.co.uk/KB111-Caesarean-Belt/dp/B000VPH2PK – it is really supportive and protected the scar from rubbing on clothing (I imagine it will be useful protecting it from kicking/wriggly toddlers as well!) it gave me extra support and meant I didn’t have the lovely ‘I need to cough/sneeze but am scared I’m going to pop open’ I have told so many mamas who have had c-sections about this belt. You have can also have it hot or cold so helped with swelling – I don’t work for the company I promise, just think everyone having a c-section should have one!

    • Claire L
      February 5, 2017 / 11:59 am

      I too had a C section belt and it really helped protect the scar and helped the ‘pouch’ of fat below the scar to go down. I couldn’t believe the difference it made, I should have gotten it earlier after the op, I thought I didn’t need one so went without for 3 weeks but the ‘pouch’ was getting me down so I got one. The one I got was the Theraline: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B000VPH2PK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1486295626&sr=8-1&keywords=theraline+c-section+belt&dpPl=1&dpID=31mF7lW81fL&ref=plSrch

      I used the plastic protector and the cushioned pad and it helped so much when I had to wear my seatbelt in the car etc. Even though I didn’t wear it all day, maybe 6-8 hours, it was enough. I’m wearing it again if I have another C-section for sure!

    • Claire L
      February 5, 2017 / 12:04 pm

      Haha, snap, didn’t realise the link you gave was the same as I gave! Just shows how good it is!

      • Victoria
        February 8, 2017 / 2:35 pm

        It was something my husband picked up in mothercare because he happened to see it and it was a life saver! I wore mine with the thin plastic protector for months, it really helped with the healing and like you said, I definitely think it helped the lovely ‘c-section pouch’ go down quicker!!

  3. Vicky Joseph
    February 5, 2017 / 6:31 am

    Longtime listener, first time caller here. I’m sure somebody has already pointed this out but just in case…:.i believe that peppermint is generally frowned upon because of its adverse affect on milk supply. I’d hate to see you have troubles establishing breastfeeding!

    Thank you for all you do, on the baby blogging & beauty sides, I’m an avid reader and have been for years.

    • Anja
      February 5, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      I second Vicky’s concern. I’ve been told that peppermint tea lowers your milk supply. Otherwise it’s good to be reminded of breast pads. And I didn’t use a belt like those mentioned, but something like a cheap belly bandit. Oh and what really helped was lying on my belly on a cushion once I was back home. Just a few minutes every day, but I believe it really helped with the uterus going back to its normal size.

  4. Caroline
    February 5, 2017 / 8:58 am

    All the best for the birth of the new baby Ruth. I’ve really enjoyed keeping up with your pregnancy and baby diaries. They helped me through my own pregnancy and have been a great source of information, comfort and laughs throughout my little man’s first five months. Looking forward to hearing your happy news!

  5. Tiffany
    February 5, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    I am so excited that you’re mere hours away from meeting the New Baby!
    I was pregnant “with you” last time and I really enjoyed reliving this fabulous adventure through your blogposts and videos. Thank you for your very candid and straightforward considerations throughout your pregnancy.
    I wish you all the best and a very safe and serene delivery.
    Can’t wait to meet the New Baby too!

  6. Mooms
    February 5, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    After my last section I found those Andrex wet wipe flushable loo paper things a god send. I was surprised by all the bleeding (yes even after a section!) so it was nice to be able to have a proper wipe and get rid of the evidence!

  7. Katherine
    February 5, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Good luck Ruth. You are lovely. Wishing you much happiness xx

  8. Rebecca
    February 5, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I wish you the best and good luck.

  9. February 22, 2018 / 11:19 am

    Thank you. Very nice post. There is a center called “A Woman’s Haven”, the team it seems help in making an informed decision during this critical situation an unplanned pregnancy. They helped me a lot.

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