Mamas on Bedrest: 10 “Must Haves” for Your Hospital Bed Rest Bag

April 21st, 2014

Greetings Mamas!!
How is this Monday treating you??  If you are a part of our Facebook Community (and you really should be!!), you may recognize this post:

“Mamas Natalie is headed to the hospital for bed rest. She wants to know what to take?”

Pregnant woman in hospitalWell, the mamas really piped up and this is the list of  they came up with. If you are headed to the hospital on bed rest, these are the 10  “must haves” for your hospital bag.

1. Clothes. This was far and away the number one thing mamas said to bring. The hospital gowns are ghastly; they neither keep you covered nor warm. Mamas recommended a robe, slippers, night gown, comfy sweats and underwear.

2. Lotion. According to Mamas on Bedrest, the air in hospitals is very dry. A very moisturizing body lotion is a must, and mamas also recommend that it is a favorite scent to lift your spirits.

3. Chapstick/lip gloss. Same reason as #2.

4. Shampoo, Bodywash. Mamas also recommended that you bring your own shampoo/bodywash. This is really refreshing (especially if it’s a favorite scent!). One mama had several hotel samples-which is handy for packing light.

5. Body Pillow. While the mamas had the aforementioned items as first line, I think bringing a body pillow to the hospital is an ABSOLUTE MUST!!! Although hospital beds are adjustable and allegedly more comfortable, I found that where they bent were that most uncomfortable places. Having a body pillow to support your body is an excellent way to be able to remain comfortable while adhering to bed rest.

6. Books/Magazine. The mamas highly recommend having plenty of reading material.

7. Laptop/Tablet. In order to stay connected, as well as to be able to download movies and television shows over the internet, a laptop computer or tablet is a must!

8. Craft items. Mama on Bedrest Megan taught herself to knit and crochet when she went on bed rest.

9. Cell Phone Charger.  Per Mama Angela, you’ll use your cell phone quite a bit so a charger is a must.

10. An Extension Cord. Per Mama Carrie, none of the extra plugs are close enough to plug in electronic devices. Those closest to the hospital bed are often taken by hospital equipment, so in order to access the other plugs in the room, an extension cord is a must.

Mamas, what other items are “Must Haves” for your hospital bed rest bag? Share your suggestions in the comment section below. And please share this post with other mamas, especially any mamas you know headed to the hospital for bed rest. If a mama is already in the hospital on bed rest, you may want to make her a care package with any one, some or all of the aforementioned items!

2 responses to “Mamas on Bedrest: 10 “Must Haves” for Your Hospital Bed Rest Bag”

  1. Alice moore says:

    Why can’t you find anything anywhere about handling boredom during post surgery bed rest. ONLY FOUND PREGNANCY STUFF. I JUST HAD MAJOR ABDOMINAL ESOPHAGEAL SURGERY. LOTS OF PAIN AND INSOMNIA. BOREDOM ALREADY BAD

  2. Darline says:

    This website is for women on PREGNANCY BEDREST!! It is not a website for post operative bed rest or any other form of bed rest. T

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