Kay Rybiski, BSN, RN, IBCLC

What to Pack in your Hospital Bag: What to bring and not to bring and why

pregnant mom packing hospital bag

Having your “go-bag” packed and sitting by the front door or in the trunk of your car can bring you peace of mind and prevent you from having to pack a bag between contractions. You can use our checklist as you pack your bags for the big day.

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What is the 4th Trimester?

mom holding baby while sitting on chair

 Although the 4th trimester is generally considered to be the 12-week period after giving birth, the length varies between cultures. It can last anywhere from 9 days to 12 months. In the United States, the end of the 4th trimester is frequently marked by the 6-week postpartum check up. The visit is usually quick, leaving little time to talk to your provider about how you are feeling and what concerns you have. Depending on your particular childbirth experience, you may find 6-12 weeks is not enough for your needs. Let’s take a look at the challenges of the 4th trimester.

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Moms On-The-Go Are Pumped About These Hands Free Breast Pump Options

Cleaning and pumping hands-free

A wearable hands-free pump can give you privacy and allow you to do other tasks while pumping. It uses oval collection cups that are placed inside your bra to express breast milk, rather than the standard flange and bottle set up like a manual or double electric breast pump. There’s Lots to Consider When Picking the Right Pump for You. Let’s take a look at these hands free breast pump options. 

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