If you have reached your due date (or gone past it!) and your little bundle of joy is being overly stubborn and is far too comfortable to come out on his or her own, you may be facing a labor induction. Or, you may be needing to be induced for a medical reason. No matter what the reason, labor induction is not something most women look forward to. It is often associated with a more painful labor and delivery process and usually requires a longer hospital stay. Some women check-in for a labor induction and deliver their little ones the same day, while other mommas are in it for the long haul and need a bit more time.
If you are being induced, you can certainly prepare for a smoother hospital experience by packing some extras in your hospital bag.
8 Must-Have Hospital Bag Items for Labor Induction
1. A Few Comfy Outfits for You and Your Significant Other
The labor induction process can be long, which means you may be in the hospital for many days. One of the best things you can do to make this a more comfortable experience is to pack a few changes of clothes for you and your significant other in your hospital bag. If you end up being there for four days, you can rest assured that you will have plenty of clean clothes to be comfortable in!
Checking in for labor induction is a little different than checking in when you are already in labor. Since it can take a little while to get things going, it is best to plan ahead and bring a few books, maybe some movies, or anything that will distract you and your partner. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a hospital room being induced and waiting hours upon hours for some action to take place. Distracting yourself will make things go smoother, and the time may seem to go just a little faster.
Depending on your hospital’s policy, you may be able to snack during some parts of your induction. Be sure to ask when you arrive, but preparing some snacks that will give you some energy to power through labor will certainly help. Making sure your partner is fed will also help everyone be on their game when it comes time to welcome your little one into the world.
4. Essential Oils & An Oil Diffuser
If essential oils are your thing, and you are working with a doula or midwife who can help you select oils that will help support the labor process, you may want to pack them in your hospital bag! Be sure to check with the experts on your team, though. Essential oils can also be very calming, which is something that all women need during labor.
5. Nursing Essentials
If you are planning on breastfeeding, don’t forget your nursing essentials! A boppy or breastfeeding pillow can make things much easier, and a nursing gown is also super convenient. This is a tip for all mommas, not just those being induced.
6. Your Computer
Bringing your computer can help to keep you busy and distracted if your induction seems to be going on longer than you would like. Try to relax and watch some of your favorite shows. Or do some guided meditation or even hypnobirthing as you progress through labor. Adding these things to your computer before you head to the hospital is ideal, so you don’t have to worry about it when you check-in.
In many cases, hospitals will offer portable monitors so you can get up and walk the halls to help progress labor along. Pack a comfortable pair of slippers in your hospital bag to hit the hallways and get that labor progressing!
8. A Pillow
If you are in the hospital for more than one night, those hospital pillows can get super uncomfortable. Come prepared with your own pillow from home so you can be more comfortable while you rest.
The key to any labor induction is to make yourself as relaxed and comfortable as possible to help progress things along. The last thing you want is to be overly tense and stressed out. Prepare as much as you can by packing these eight hospital bag essentials for induction. Remember that induction can take a few hours to a few days, so don’t get discouraged. Your baby will be here in no time.