6. Have Your Bag Packed

Have an overnight bag packed with things that you and the baby will need during your hospital stay about 3 weeks prior to your due date. Keep it near the door so you can be ready to go as soon as you start labor. Ask your hospital for a checklist of items to bring. Remember to bring anything that will keep you comfortable too, such as your own socks, your own blanket, glasses or contact lenses, and any other items you might need.

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