I can’t be the only one obsessed with those “what’s in my handbag” posts.
Maybe it’s because my handbag used to be full of old receipts, about 20 red lipsticks, hair ties and a bulging purse (which held even more receipts and loyalty cards, but never actually any cash) – it was so very far away from those carefully-curated handbags.
If there was ever a time when you needed to prepare for an epic journey, it’s bringing a baby into the world. And while the most important things you’ll need are those money-can’t-buy things like your support person or people, your trusted medical team and, most vital of all, your own self-belief, there are some things you can buy that make the experience a little bit nicer.
So, in conjunction with the seven mothers and babies from Mothers’ Group who gathered in my house this week, I present to you:
The six items to pack in your hospital bag (and two to leave just next to it).
1. Giant black nanna knickers
I went in to be induced on the night of Mother’s Day and on the way, my husband and I stopped for a “last meal as the two of us” of Afghani flatbread and falafel. Then, when I got to hospital, I kept apologising to my midwife for my garlic breath.
Guys, garlic breath would be the least of anyone’s worries. Not to scare any expectant mothers out there, but birth is a bit of a shitshow. You will need big knickers to hold the giant pads they give you during and after your baby is born. If you have a Cesarean, you won’t want any lower knicker elastic pressing on your scar. These knickers will be your best friends in your first weeks home, too.