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Labor: Preparing for the HospitalEl parto: Preparativos para ir al hospital

Labor: Preparing for the Hospital

During the final weeks of your pregnancy, you may have irregular contractions. You may feel a drop in your baby's position. And the profile of your abdomen may look a little different. Because due dates are not exact, have your bag packed and ready for the hospital.

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Packing for the Hospital

Here are some items you may want to have ready for the hospital:

  • A watch or clock with a second hand

  • Heavy socks or slippers and a robe

  • Clips for your hair, a brush, and lip balm

  • A cassette or CD player

  • A camera with film and batteries

  • Going-home outfits for you and your baby

  • A car seat to take your baby home in

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Leaving for the Hospital

Follow the instructions you've been given on when to leave for the hospital. You may be told to call your doctor when it becomes hard to walk or talk during contractions or if your amniotic sac breaks. If your partner makes the phone call for you, be nearby. That way, your doctor can speak to you directly. Many women are told to go to the hospital after an hour of contractions that come 5-10 minutes apart. Leave sooner if the hospital is not nearby or is hard to get to.

Publication Source: Sutter Health

Publication Source: Sutter Health

Online Source: Sutter Health

Online Source: Sutter Health

Date Last Reviewed: 2006-01-01T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00

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