Packing my hospital bag
So I have decided to be really organised and start packing my hospital bag (for when I am admitted into hospital to deliver my baby).
It is possible for a woman to go into labor (scarily) anytime after 28 weeks and deliver a premature baby (defined as a baby born before 37 weeks).
Although my pregnancy has been completely problem-free, I thought it wise / safe and get packing.
According to the list from my hospital I have to pack the following items...
Shampoo and conditioner
Chopsticks, Fork and Spoon
A book to read
Maternity underwear (産褥ショーツ)
A waist reformer (ウエストニッパー)
Clothes to go home in
Nappies / diapers
Some ガーゼハンカチ (thin cotton handkerchiefs)
Clothes for each day
A special `leaving the hospital` outfit
An おくるみ (okurumi = kind of swaddle, sleeping bag)
A car seat (if traveling home by car)
Compared to some lists I found online, this seems a bit long, but the average hospital stay after delivery (in Japan) is about 4 days, quite a bit longer than some other countries.
Some things that are not on the list, but I found on websites (mostly from the US) and I think might be nice to have...
List of people to call / text
My own pillowcase
Have I missed anything? Well, I have quite a few more weeks to go (fingers crossed) before I need the bag, so let me know if there is anything else I might need.