Bump Watch: Pack your bags before baby arrives

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"Remember all in all, despite the stress and the physical discomfort, it's a beautiful experience."

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EUGENE, Ore. - It's that moment you've thought about, dreamed about and maybe even stressed about: The moment it's time to head for the hospital to welcome your new baby boy or girl.

Local OBGYN Dr. Sohee Williams has some tips to make your labor and delivery an enjoyable experience.

"I would start packing your bag around 35 to 36 weeks," Williams said. "You can do the last minute things later. But all the basics you know you won't need until that time, go ahead and put them in a bag."

What are some of the items you need to remember?

Williams said that for moms, you'll need the basics: comfortable pajamas, a change of clothes, slippers, a charger for your camera and other electronics, and a copy of your birth plan and hospital records.
     
"Also bringing your baby book if you have one is not a bad idea because the sleep deprivation tends to accumulate in the first couple of days," Williams said. "You may forget the very sweet moments you want to remember and jot down as you go."

For dad, make sure he packs a comfortable change of clothes because the laboring process may take a while.

"The patient really likes their significant other to be there for emotional support, possibly doing a little bit of massage and even adjusting the lights, the blinds, the music, feeding her ice," Williams said. "So just be emotionally prepared to be a support person for your significant other."
     
We can't forget baby. Williams said there isn't much you need for your infant in the first few days of life. An important reminder: remember to install the car seat and make sure its properly fitted in your vehicle.

"Remember all in all, despite the stress and the physical discomfort, it's a beautiful experience, whether it's your first baby or your fourth baby," Williams said. "It's so special and remarkable and individualized for each pregnancy. So remember to enjoy it."