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Packing your bag ready for birth

This list of items to help prepare you for your birth has been devised in collaboration with our local Maternity Voices Partnership, which is a team of women and their families working together with commissioners, midwives and doctors to contribute to the development of maternity care both locally and nationally.

Bag packing tips

For you: 

  • Hospital handheld records
  • Birth plan, see our birth plan page for ideas
  • Toiletries; consider mini toiletries to save space
  • 2 support bras; stretchy sleep bras are good until you know what size you will need
  • Breast pads; even if you are not planning to breastfeed you may still leak milk
  • 2 packs of maternity type sanitary pads; your loss can be heavy particularly in the first couple of days
  • Underwear; comfy and cheap are ideal and you can bring old knickers instead of disposable ones
  • Nightie or pyjamas; it may be helpful to have front fastening ones if you are planning on breastfeeding
  • Dressing gown and slippers
  • Camera or charged up phone with camera
  • Snacks and drinks for you and your birth partner
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation) machine for pain relief if you wish to use one
  • Lip balm; because you may get very dry lips
  • Hair bobble
  • Flannel or sponge; you may get very warm and these are good for your birth partner to use to cool you down
  • Bikini top or bra; you may wish to wear this in the birth pool

For baby:

  • Nappies; one pack
  • Vests; perhaps three or four depending on length of stay
  • Baby grows or sleepsuits; front fastening are easier if you are new to this!
  • Socks and scratch mittens; babies can have cold hands and feet when first born
  • Blanket; natural fabrics are good, pillows and duvets are not recommended for babies as they can get too warm
  • Small hat; good for immediately after the birth

You will also need a car seat to take baby home in, but please bring this when you are ready for discharge as there will be limited space in the birthing area. 

If your informed choice is to bottle feed:

  • If you are birthing at Hull Hospital please bring manufactured ready prepared milk in carton or bottle form. Do not bring powder to make up.
  • If you are birthing at York, Scarborough, Grimsby or Scunthorpe, please ensure you bring powder and bottles as you will be shown how to make up feeds (even if this is not your first baby).

For your birth partner:

  • Snacks and drinks
  • Change of clothes as it gets very warm in hospital; don't wear a thick jumper!
  • Contact numbers of people you wish to inform about the birth
  • Change for the car park

There is also more information for your birth partner and family in this section. 

For a home birth: 

You may want to pack a bag as listed above for hospital in case you need to be transferred in at any point. It is much easier in advance than trying to get stuff together if you need to go in a hurry.

If you have other children:

You may want to bring a story book that you can read to them over a smartphone; they may be missing you and it will make them smile. 

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Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/4-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/8-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/12-weeks-pregnant/ for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  


Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/16-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/24-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/28-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/32-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/36-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/40-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.