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Find out the essentials you need to pack in your bag ready for labour and birth, including clothes for you and the baby, towels and sanitary pads.
Get a few things ready at least 3 weeks before your due date.
For yourself, you'll probably want to pack:
For the baby, you might want to pack:
If you're planning to give birth at home, discuss your plans and what you need to prepare with your midwife. Think about where in your home you want to give birth.
You're likely to need:
Even if you're planning to have your baby at home, you should pack some things in case you need to go into hospital at any point.
When you come home, you will not want to do much more than rest and care for your baby, so do as much planning as you can in advance.
If you can, buy lots of basic items such as toilet paper, sanitary towels and nappies in advance.
If you have a freezer, you could cook some meals in advance and freeze them.
You should plan how you'll get to the hospital or midwifery unit because you might need to go there at any time of the day or night.
If you're planning to go by car, make sure it's running well and that there's always enough petrol in the tank.
If someone else has said they'll take you, make an alternative arrangement just in case they're not available.
It's important to continue taking any medication prescribed unless your GP/specialist specifically tells you to stop. Please visit our Existing Health Conditions page for more information, or visit 'Bumps' ('Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy').
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