Preparing your maternity suitcase :
To go to the hospital or birth centre, you can start preparing your suitcases at the beginning of the ninth month. In case of a pregnancy at risk, do it as soon as you feel ready for peace of mind.
The medical and administrative file:
Pregnancy medical record, blood tests, health Insurance card (Carte Vitale), private insurance card, family record book, declaration of the birth form, identification papers Basic essentials for mum:
2 or 3 nightdresses or pairs of pyjamas (with an opening in front if you are breastfeeding)
2 or 3 homewear outfits (loose and comfortable clothing, or even your maternity clothes)
1 pair of slippers
Vanity case with essential toiletries (soap, shampoo, gel for intimate hygiene, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc.)
1 hair dryer
1 mister to refresh yourself during labour
2 packs of disposable panties (around 10 pairs)
1 packet of thick sanitary towels and a packet of normal thin sanitary towels (avoid towels with « cells » that can irritate after childbirth).
If you are breastfeeding, plan 2 nursing bras in cotton (cup size one size above breast size in late pregnancy), 1 nursing pillow, 1 box of breast pads, 1 breastfeeding balm, nipple protectors.
1 stretch marks cream
Basic essentials for baby:
6 vests or bodysuits
6 pairs of pyjamas or outfits
1 woollen cardigan
1 sleeping bag
Slippers and socks
1 warm and soft blanket
Generally, samples of hair and body washing gel are provided for the baths in the hospital.
Remember to have a car seat or carrycot for when you go home. Practice fixing it in your car in late pregnancy.