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Vitamins and supplements

Hospital bag

A bag to keep all you will need for your stay in hospital when having your baby

What makes a good hospital bag?

Your hospital bag should be whatever works best for you – a holdall, cabin bag, rucksack or small suitcase. Something that is easy to see in to and find stuff, for those inevitable 'can you get my lip balm, darling' moments, when all your partner can locate is body spray and a single baby sock.

There are even companies who sell pre-made up hospital bags.

What should I pack for me in my hospital bag?

So what do you need to pack? As well as the items on our check-list below, you will probably want to add in some personal bits and bobs too – your camera (and spare batteries), iPod, phone and chargers, change for pay phones, books and magazines and perhaps a list of phone numbers for friends and family if your partner does not necessarily have all of them stored on his phone.

Your birth plan and hospital notes

Clothes – an old nightdress for labour, this will likely get messy so don’t buy anything new or special for hospital. Nightwear, including a dressing gown and slippers, and going home clothes which should be loose fitting and comfortable.

Nursing bras – pack two or three comfortable bras

Breast pads

Maternity pads and lots of spare knickers (disposable ones are particularly helpful too!)

Toiletries and a towel (disposable ones are particularly helpful too!)

Make up

Lip balm

Hairbrush and ties/clips for long hair – this can be especially helpful during labour when you’re likely to get very hot

Snacks/cartons of drink

TENS machine – if you plan to use one for pain relief

What should I pack for my baby?

Nappies – a newborn baby will poo a lot! You’ll go through plenty in the first few days

Cotton wool balls - for cleaning baby during a nappy change (baby wipes are not recommended until 2-4 weeks after birth)

Bodysuits/baby vests

Babygrows/sleepsuits

Scratch mittens

Socks or booties

Hat

Jacket

Baby blanket – The hospital will likely be warm but you might want to wrap them up when leaving to go outside for the first time

Car seat - Although strictly this isn’t packed but do make sure it’s in the car!

Ready to buy?

Take a look at some of our recommended Hospital bags below.

Vitamins and Supplements Vitabiotics Pregnacare

Vitabiotics Pregnacare Original Tablets (30)

RRP: £5.35 for 30 - Buy now

The UK’s most popular supplement for pregnant women - with a perfect blend of vitamins and minerals, and can also be used before conception and while breastfeeding.

  • Contains 19 vitamins and minerals
  • Contains the exact amount of vitamin D and folic acid recommended by the Government
  • Contains a moderate but not excessive level of iron
  • Can use it before conception, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding

Size: available in packs of 30 or 90 tablets (£13.25)

Why our mums love the Vitabiotics Pregnacare Original Tablets ....

  • Mums love that this is a safe and trusted brand with a long history: Pregnacare is the most popular supplement for mums-to-be in the UK.
  • In the world of vitamins and supplements, more isn’t always better, which is why we love this product: it doesn’t go overboard on ingredients such as iron and vitamin D – it contains the perfect amount to safeguard your health and the health of your baby. It also doesn’t contain retinol (vitamin A) which can be harmful to unborn babies.
  • There are so many different supplements available to pregnant women and breastfeeding mums now, that this one is refreshingly simple: you can use it right through from pre-conception through to breastfeeding, while knowing you’re getting the right balance of vitamins and minerals.
  • You should take the tablet with or after a main meal, especially if you’re a bit prone to nausea.

Vitamins and Supplements Pregnapure

Healthspan PregnaPure Pregnancy & New Mum

RRP: £7.95 for 30 tablets and 30 capsules - Buy now

Carefully blended supplement for both pregnant women and new mums, which also has an Omega 3 capsule.

  • Contains 23 vitamins and minerals
  • Contains the exact amount of vitamin D and folic acid recommended by the Government
  • Contains a moderate but not excessive level of iron
  • Can use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding
  • Unique dual formation - also comes with a double-distilled Omega 3 capsule to take every day

Size: available in packs of 30 tablets/30 capsules

Why our mums love the Healthspan PregnaPure Pregnancy & New Mum ....

  • This is a sensitively formulated supplement that gives you exactly the right amount of recommended vitamins an minerals – particularly vitamin D and folic acid – without overdoing it. There’s a moderate amount of iron plus a huge array of other vitamins designed to protect your health and the health of your baby.
  • This brand has the added bonus of omega 3 capsules you take every day alongside the main tablet: omega 3 has been proved to help your baby’s brain and eye development – as well as protect your own brain and heart! You can get omega 3 by eating oily fish such as mackerel, trout, salmon and fresh tuna (not tinned) twice a week. But so many of us aren’t keen on these foods that taking a tablet is a sure-fire way to protect yourself and your baby.
  • The Omega 3 fish oil in this capsule has been highly distilled to remove toxins and pollutants, so it’s safe for you and your baby.

Vitamins and Supplements Sanatogen Folic Acid

Sanatogen Pregnancy Mum To Be

RRP: £5.75 - Buy now

Popular and good value supplement that can be used pre-conception and during pregnancy.

  • Contains 18 vitamins and minerals
  • Contains the exact amount of vitamin D and folic acid recommended by the Government
  • Contains a moderate but not excessive level of iron
  • Can use it before conception and during pregnancy

Size: available in packs of 30 or 90 tablets (£11.59)


Why our mums love the Sanatogen Pregnancy Mum To Be....
  • Sanatogen is a multi-national, trusted brand with a long history of producing vitamins.
  • We love that this formulation doesn’t go overboard on the vitamin and mineral levels: it’s got the precise amount of vitamin D and folic acid recommended by the Department of Health for pregnant women, plus modest amounts of other essential ingredients. The levels of iron and B vitamins are slightly less than some other brands.
  • This is a good value supplement – slightly cheaper than some brands, so good if you need to watch your budget while also having peace of mind that you’re getting the vitamins you need.
  • Mums who tend to feel nauseous while taking supplements say it’s best to take them after dinner or else in the evening/before bed.

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