Get ready for labor
When baby is really on the way
Pack your hospital bag ahead of time. Include comfortable clothing, toiletries and any other items that will help make you feel comfortable. Most hospitals have the basics for your newborn. But you’ll want to bring a receiving blanket and baby’s going home outfit. Don’t forget to install the car seat so you can take baby home!
As your due date gets closer, you’ll notice that your baby has “dropped” or moved lower into your pelvis. Your baby is getting ready to move into position for birth. You’ll also start feeling contractions (labor pains). Contractions usually start with pain in your belly and lower back. This pain doesn’t go away when you move or change positions.
Just how much does labor hurt? It’s different for every woman. Some women use medications to cope with labor pain. Others use breathing, relaxation and other non-drug choices. If you decide on one method and change your mind, it’s okay. Don’t feel like you gave up or let your baby down.