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Babies can be unpredictable, so having your bags packed early will mean that you’ll be ready for whenever your baby does decide to make an appearance! It is advisable to have your bags packed at ready at around 34 weeks. Having everything ready and in one place also means that should you have to go into hospital for any reason, no one will need to rush around pulling together an emergency bag for you.
Your hospital bag should contain all the items you’ll need during labour and immediately after birth for both you and your baby. Any type of bag is suitable, one with extra pockets may be best as there will be lots of items that need to be kept in a safe place.
A hospital stay can vary in length depending on whether you deliver in a government or Private hospital and whether you have natural birth or a Caesarian Section. An average stay for a natural birth is around 1 day and for a Cesarean section expect to stay around 3 days.
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