I feel like the whole labor/delivery process is very overlooked and over judged. I have (thankfully) never had to endure a c-section delivery but I have given birth four times vaginally. Being in a hospital for over a week between four deliveries has taught me a LOT of things. Things like…
BRING YOUR OWN TOILET PAPER
Probably going to be the most overlooked thing to actually bring with you to a hospital. Go put it in your hospital bag, have this READY to go. Think about it, you are going to have a tiny screaming human exit the same area you will HAVE to use not long after. The desire to use single ply, almost see through toilet paper is likely going to be nonexistent.
WITCH HAZEL PADS (TUCKS)
If you’ve ever had a tear from one end to the other you would know these things are absolutely the best thing since..ever. Ask your nurses post delivery if you’ve got the burn going on, or pack a container of Tucks with you before you go. There is a method to using these bad boys for me too. I’ll be sure to include that in the end of the post.
This can basically tells you why you want it, it cools the burn…which you will have. A lot of. Ask your nurse, they’ll bring you some…and say thank you a million times over because those nurses are absolutely amazing.
Keep this vagina soothing master around your toilet/sink. Use REALLY warm water and fill it up BEFORE you sit down to pee. REMEMBER that part, fill it..then sit down.
The combination of the peri bottle, tucks and dermoplast is sure to help your potty visits be a lot less hell fire vagina and a little more kicked in the lady parts vagina. You can spray the peri bottle while you tinkle to try to give a little more relief or just endure the pee and go straight for the getting relief.
My method is to go in, fill the bottle, pee, rinse (use the whole bottle full), pat with a witch hazel pad, pat with that nice fluffy toilet paper, spray the dermoplast put a tuck on the industrial sized maxi pad and waddle away like a sad puppy. It keeps me up and moving, not afraid to go to the bathroom because I know how to make the burn stop after a few quick seconds..easy peasy.
FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOOD
I cannot emphasize enough here, pack a bag of munchies. The last thing you want is to deliver in between hospital meal times, to send your guest out or to just be hungry. Pack food…sit that crap in the corner while you labor and after you deliver dive into it like the raging hungry beast you will be.
Those are the things I would suggest POST delivery…things to bring for during delivery are even more fun!