What to pack for a planned C-section
Third Trimester

What to pack for a planned C-section

If you have a planned c-section, also known as an elective c-section, you know more or less what will happen and when. You also know you’ll be in hospital for 3-5 days. Here’s a list of what to pack for a planned c-section to make yourself feel at home and comfy.

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Dressing gown or long cardi you can throw on for visits to the hospital café.
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Comfy, loose, front-opening tops or nighties. Easier for breastfeeding or skin-to-skin contact.
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High waisted knickers that sit above your wound. Six pairs to be safe. Dark colours are best.
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Jogging bottoms with a wide soft waist band that won’t rub or irritate your scar.
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Slippers, sliders, flip flops or whatever’s easiest to get on and off for loo runs.
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Soft, warm socks, especially in winter.
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Maternity sanitary pads – yep even with a c-section you will get vaginal bleeding afterwards.
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A couple of nursing bras and a bunch of breast pads.
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Nipple cream. Nipple salve. Nipple balm. All nipple saviours.
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Toiletries. Keep it basic but feelgood. Toothbrush and toothpaste. Hair ties, travel-sized roll-on deodorant, shampoo and shower gel. A couple of flannels. Moisturiser and lip balm.
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Make-up, if you’re that way inclined, for there will be selfies and video chats. Keep to your must-haves. Mini versions are handy.
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Your phone for photos and chats and googling everything baby-related.
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Headphones. For chatting, music, or audio books, going hands-free may be handy (and necessary).
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Phone charger with an extra-long cable. Plug points aren’t always conveniently placed. A rechargeable power pack might be your best bet.
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Decaf or herbal teabags and healthy snacks.
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Teeny tiny newborn sleep suits, six or so. Ideally with built-in mittens.
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Scratch mittens if they’re not attached to the sleepsuits.
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Body suits sleeveless or short sleeved. Pack a few in case of nappy leaks.
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Muslin squares – you won’t know how you lived without these. They have a million uses.
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A soft, breathable baby blanket.
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Nappies. Around 20 should do.
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Cotton wool. Much gentler for cleaning baby-soft bums.
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Going home clothes for baby. Layers are great. Don’t forget a soft hat.
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Car seat – legally required if you’re going home in a car.
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Sterile bottles, teats and formula if you’re bottle-feeding.
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