As you approach your due date, there are a few things you may want to consider before labor and delivery.
Here’s what we recommend.
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1. Register at your delivery hospital
Registering at your delivery hospital is pivotal to a smooth check-in process when you’re ready to go in labor.
A possibility is that if you don’t register before you go into labor and delivery, your check-in process will be delayed and you will need to fill out paperwork and provide documentation.
2. Register for an epidural (optional)
If you’ve considered getting an epidural during childbirth, now’s the time to register for one. Don’t wait last minute until you’re in pain, and then decide that you want an epidural because you will be required to complete paperwork in the midst of everything that’s going on.
Most registrations can be completed online. Ask your provider for details.
3. Compile your documents
The most important thing is to make sure you have all those insurance documents and contact information on-hand.
When your little one arrives, you will want to make sure he or she is covered under a medical plan. Medical documents include your insurance card, healthcare contact information, etc…
Did you also know you have breastfeeding benefits from your health insurance? Read more about it here.
4. Pack your hospital bag
If you haven’t done so, make sure you pack your hospital bag.
A hospital bag is your personal bag filled with personal care items, baby items, and other essentials that will accompany you during your hospital stay.
A few things you might want to pack include baby’s clothes, toiletries, chargers, a going-home outfit, blankets, slippers, gowns, etc…
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5. Create your postpartum kit
Preparing for baby is an important part of labor and delivery but preparing for yourself is also as important.
Make sure you create your own postpartum kit so you can have an easier postpartum recovery.
You can create these easy DIY padsicles to relieve vaginal pain, swelling, and inflammation or prepare pain reliever medications.
For more on what to add to your kit, check out these 11 postpartum care essentials.
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