Health Tip: Pregnant and Prepared

Pack a bag in advance of your hospital stay

(HealthDayNews) -- If you're in the third trimester of pregnancy, it's a good idea to start preparing for the trip to the hospital. Advance planning will help you avoid last-minute panic.

So pack a bag, and stow it away in the closet or under your bed until it's time to go.

Here's a list of things to pack, courtesy of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences:

  • A robe, slippers, nightgown and underwear.
  • Nursing bras.
  • Toiletries, including toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Going home outfits for you and the baby.
  • Two soft, clean towels to roll up for padding your infant's head in the car seat.
  • Any insurance papers or identification cards.

To avoid the hassle when you're in labor, ask the hospital if you can fill out admission papers ahead of time.

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