Memorandum

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必要なものが重要だとはかぎらない。

予定日まで10日!ホスピタルバッグも準備完了、Birth Planもある程度書き終えたので、今度のMidwife(助産師さん)に会う時に見てもらおうと思います。

 

Hospital Bag(入院に必要なものを揃えたバッグ)で必要なものって、結構ウェブサイトや本によっていろいろ違うんですが、私はWhat to pack in your hospital bag - BabyCentreを参考につめてみました。先輩ママによると、病院内を動き回ることもあるらしいので、荷物は軽めに!とのこと。あと、お産用、産後用、赤ちゃん用とわけておくと便利だとか。

For the labour:

  • Your birth plan and maternity notes.
  • Dressing gown. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour. You'll also need one on the postnatal ward. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better. A dark colour or a busy pattern will help to hide any stains.
  • Backless slip-on slippers, that are easy to get on and off.
  • Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.
  • Old nightdress or T-shirt to wear in labour. It will probably get a bit messy, so don't buy anything specially to wear in hospital.
  • Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour.
  • Birth ball. This can help you to labour effectively. Check whether the hospital has the right size for you. If not, take your own. Remember to bring a pump so your birth partner can inflate it for you.
  • Lip balm. Your lips can dry out quickly on a warm labour ward.
  • Snacks and drinks for you while you are in labour. Isotonic sports drinks are good, or take some glucose tablets to keep you going.
  • Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, or a tablet computer.
  • Hairbands or a clip. If you have long hair, you may want it tied up.
  • Pillows. The hospital might not have enough to make you really comfortable. A V-shaped pillow can give you extra support when breastfeeding your baby.
  • TENS pain relief machine, if you are planning to use one.
  • Music. Take your MP3 player or a CD player and some CDs. Some hospitals provide their own CD players, but check first.

For after the birth:

  • A going-home outfit. You'll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you're in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your tummy to go down, so you'll probably still need your maternity clothes when you get home.
  • Handouts about how to get breastfeeding started, which you received at your antenatal classes. If you have a contact card for a breastfeeding counsellor or specialist, take that with you too.
  • Nursing bras. Bring two or three.
  • Breast pads.
  • Maternity pads. Bring a couple of packs.
  • Nightshirt or T-shirt. Front-opening shirts are useful in the early days of breastfeeding.
  • Toiletries. Decant these into smaller bottles, or buy travel versions, to save on space in the postnatal ward. You may sweat more after birth, so take a deodorant.
  • Towels, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Old or cheap knickers, or disposable knickers. Don't bring your best ones as they will get messy. Big cotton knickers can be useful if you end up having a caesarean, as they won't rub your wound. The NCT sells brilliant stretchy knickers that are comfortable to wear over your scar.
  • Arnica cream. Although there's no conclusive evidence that it works, some women report that arnica cream helps to reduce bruising and helps the healing process. Don't apply the cream to broken skin.
  • Eye mask and earplugs, to help you sleep on a brightly lit, noisy ward.

For the baby:

  • Two or three sleepsuits and vests.
  • Baby blanket. Although hospitals are very warm, your baby may need a blanket if it's chilly outside when you leave.
  • Nappies. Your newborn will go through as many as 12 in a day.
  • Muslin squares, for mopping up any milk your baby brings up (possetting).
  • One pair of socks or booties.
  • Hat.
  • One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest).
  • Baby car seat. Some hospitals won't let you leave by car without one.
  • Jacket or snowsuit for winter babies (remove before placing your baby in a car seat).

必要なものの買い物って、結構キリがないもので・・・これがあったら便利!だけど、なくても良いものがいっぱい。どこまで揃えれば良いのかわからなくなる。最初の1ヶ月は特になかなか外にも出られないだろうから、パートナーや周りの助けを得るのが難しい時用に、必要最低限はいろいろ揃えておいた方が良いかなー。

Birth Planは、Your online birth plan - Pregnancy and baby guide - NHS Choicesで作成できるし、テンプレートをプリントすることも可能。

プラン通りに行くことはなくても、事前に自分の理想のお産について考えておくのってとても良いなーと思う。お産が始まってめっちゃ痛いときに、いろいろ質問されたってまともに考えられないだろうし。来週木曜日にようやくBirth Centreの下見に行ってきます。予定日の4日前とかだけど、それまで待っててねー!

 

さて、今週のお題特別編「子供の頃に欲しかったもの」
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