As a highly anxious pregnant lady with an acute fear of labor and a fairly low pain threshold, I embraced the epidural birth plan almost immediately. Self-medicating before a wax was my norm. How could I get through a "natural" birth? But when my doctor explained that I might be ineligible for an epidural because of my low red blood cell count, I realized I would have to loosen my grip on my birth plan. Since I wouldn't be able to control how I gave birth, I channeled my type-A energy into something that gave me tremendous comfort: packing the most chill-inducing hospital bag ever. While there were a couple of things in there I never touched, like my hair dryer, there were a handful of indulgent items that helped make my birth (which did include an epidural) feel really relaxing and special. Would I pack them again? In a heartbeat.
Lavender Essential Oil + Diffuser:
I started reading about the powerful effects of essential oils during my quest to pack the perfect hospital bag. Lavender essential oil is particularly effective with combatting anxiety, so I purchased
If I had you with the lavender essential oil, I'm guessing I may be losing you with the battery-operated candles, but hear me out. With the overhead lights dimmed and a couple of these flameless candles flickering, it was so much easier to close my eyes and rest up a little before the pushing began. If you've ever been to a yoga class that uses these, you probably know how much it can help to focus on one while holding a challenging pose and breathing through it. These candles and my essential oil diffuser with its light that slowly changes colors helped me to channel my discomfort during pre-epidural contractions.
You know that feeling you get when a song you love starts to play? I wanted to bottle that feeling up and release it through a playlist that could carry me through the ebb and flow of labor. I created a Spotify playlist and packed my
Thanks to hormones, strange things happen to your body during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I was experiencing major hot flashes, and having this
Electric Heating Pad:
I used this soft,