Going on baby number two so this whole article has been updated! My God do you learn a lot after becoming a mom. SHEESH.
I overpacked HUGE time with JJ. This time I am taking on the minimalist approach so I can fit all of the hospital supplies I will be taking home with me in there.
◖ Labor playlist
◖ Chapstick and lavender face spray
◖ Crappy flops for shower
◖ Your own towel
◖ Snacks – mints to keep your mouth moist during labor
◖ Shampoo, condition, lotion, etc.
◖ Hair ties and headbands
◖ Cotton t-shirt dress/nightgown
◖ Sports bra for your sore boobies
◖ going home outfit
◖ Comfy socks
◖ Extra long phone charger
◖ Wine for a victory cheers (and wine opener)
◖ Water bottle with lid
◖ Baby going home outfit.
◖ Also – TAKE EVERYTHING FROM THE HOSPITAL. They want you to. If you’re formula feeding take all of those bottles too.
Lav & Peace+Calming//
Apply a few drops on your belly to help calm you and baby down. You can diffuse Peace + Calming or apply directly to your chest. I have my oil and roller form of P+C I’ll be bringing with me.
Use this combo if you are dealing with restless leg or if you simply can’t get comfy enough to snooze.
This routine not only calms you on the way to the hospital, it can even slow down early labor.
Alsooooooooo, these are to be used on baby when the little nugget is fussy as all hell.
This million dollar bottle is a freaking miracle. Once labor begins, apply this as a perfume or simply drop into hands and inhale. The smell will keep you calm and happy. It smells like a dream.
[ I have been wearing it as a perfume all week in hopes of labor about a week early ]
Jasmine has antidepressant and antibacterial properties. It is also known to be a sexual stimulant.
Already a YL member? You can use your reward points to grab this oil. It’s a bit pricey so treat yourself. SO worth it.
Diffusing During Labor//
Okay so check with your hospital to see if you are allowed to diffuse in your room. I am delivering at Lankenau and have yet to check but you bet your ass I am bringing my Orb diffuser and hoping for the best. This little guy is small but powerful. If you don’t have it yet, add it to your ER because you are truly missing out. I currently use it in my car.
Anywho, here is your diffuser recipe to bump during labor …
(4 drops of each)
🌱 Ylang Ylang
🌱 Roman Chamomile
Mix the following oils with carrier oil in a roller for when labor starts. Massage into the your inner ankles, on little toes, little fingers, lower back, and abdomen. These oils will help regulate and keep you focused during the most amazing job you’ll ever have.
🌱 Helichrysum- 4 drops
🌱 Fennel – 4 drops
🌱 Peppermint – 2 drops
🌱 Ylang Ylang – 6 drops
🌱 Clary Sage – 3 drops
In my research I have found that this guy is a key player during labor. I mean I am obsessed with Frank anyway. This is my yoga oil. Centers and calms. I often drop frank into the palms of my hands and inhale deeply, then I rub it all over my face for wrinkle prevention.
So when you are going into labor, if you remember, one drop of frank around your vaginal opening. Your babe is going to come out zen AF.
I also recommend placing a drop on your newborns forehead to welcome he/she into the world.
Apply four to six drops on wrists, chests, and back (or bottom of feet). You’ll want to love on valor during transitional labor and pushing. This is no shocker to me as we all use valor to calm our nerves, anxiety and halt panic attacks.
**If you are feeling super anxious, directly inhale valor, breathing long and heavy, in and out. I don’t recommend diffusing it because it knocks my ass out at night for bed and I don’t want to feel sleepy when I’m supposed to be pushing.
Strength + Focus//
If you are pregnant – grab these now!
🌱 Brain Power: Apply two drops on neck and throat
🌱 En-R-Gee: Hate the smell of this oil so I am applying to the bottom of my feet. If you don’t mind it, apply to wrists and back of neck
🌱 Ylang Ylang: Apply to hands and feet to advance labor. Keeps your blood pressure from spiking through the roof. I friggin love this oil.
Cool Down, Mom//
So from what I hear the pushing is going to make me cry, sweat, puke, and more and I cannot wait. LOL
I have these dry face masks from amazon I am going to use as neck and face cloths to cool me down during labor. Bring a bowl with you so your partner (give them something to do) can add cold water to it along with these masks.
This is what you want to add to your dry face masks.
(10 drops of each)
🌱 Jasmine – there it is again! Love you, Jas.
🌱 Roman Cham
🌱 Lavender – I am using 20 drops of lav. Obsessed.
The Afterbirth Blend//
Make yourself an afterbirth roller with the following oils and carrier oil to rub on your abdomen after birth. This will help expel placenta and tone the uterus. Who doesn’t want that?
Each of these oils are super uplifting too. You’ll feel amazing.
(10 drops each)
The Bon Voyage Kit//
This miracle bag of goods takes care of about 90% of my needs at the hospital. Check out everything it includes.
Amazing for travel too! I’ll use this no matter where I travel now. Add it right to your ER!
So I’m bringing this babe into the world right smack dab in the middle of flu season.
Thieves. Bring the oil, the spray, the antibacterial gel, the roller for you.
Don’t feel like a bitch when your aunt comes in and tries to kiss the brand new baby. Tell her to give it a little due to flu season. I’m sure she will understand!
Having the spray on hand is such an easy way to keep everyone on their toes as soon as they walk in the door.
🌱 Claraderm: I’ve been spraying on my lady parts since week 33 to prevent tearing during labor. This is also used after labor to help your lady parts recover.
🌱 Linen Spray: I want to make myself as comfortable as possible and there’s nothing that scream my bed more than lavender sheets and pillows.
🌱 Tender Tush: This is what I have been using on my stomach and bum to prevent stretch marks where my body is stretching the most. I’ve grown to love the way this deeply hydrates my skin and I now use it all over.