Are you pregnant and starting to think about your birth plan? Whether you’re planning to deliver at home, in a midwife-led centre or in hospital, during the lead-up to your due date you might want to prepare a kit containing items you’ll need during labour. Unsure what to pack? We reveal our top maternity hospital bag toiletries for mums-to-be.
FOR WHEN YOU’RE FEELING SENSITIVE
Childbirth is exhausting and as your body starts the recovery process, you’ll welcome the opportunity to have a soothing shower. During the immediate period after childbirth you might find that some areas are particularly sensitive to synthetic fragrances and foaming chemical ingredients.
For this reason, you may wish to consider using our Scent Free Shower Gel, which like all of our shower gels, does not contain harsh ingredients such as alcohol or SLS.
TO BEAT THE HEAT
Labour wards are notoriously hot but packing a cooling face spritz could help you to keep your cool. Designed to deliver an organic moisture boost for both face and body, Green People’s Toning Hydrating Mist instantly cools the skin whilst delivering a hydrating mist.
To keep body odour at bay, don’t forget to pack a roll-on made with natural sweat-fighting ingredients in your maternity hospital bag. Unlike chemical antiperspirants, Green People roll-on deodorants are enriched with safe and natural prebiotics, Zinc ricinolate and organic plant actives.
TO PREPARE THE PERINEUM
Worried about your risk of damaging the perineum during childbirth? According to the NHS women giving birth for the first time are particularly vulnerable to perineum tearing and massaging the perineum regularly may help reduce your risk of experiencing tearing or an episiotomy[i].
Your antenatal classes may discuss the benefits of perineal massage and, if you choose to try the technique, it is recommended that you start massaging the perineum from around the 34th week of your pregnancy.
Made with a skin-softening blend of organic oils, Green People’s Mum & Baby Rescue Balm can help to soften the perineum ahead of childbirth and, because it is designed to be gentle on delicate skin, this multi-tasking must-have can also be used to soothe newborn infant skin. If you go in for induction then this is well worth taking with you.
FOR WHEN FEEDING’S NOT ALL IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE
Worried cracked nipples will make breastfeeding or pumping milk painful? Try applying our 100% natural nipple cream.
Scent-free and suitable for use before, during and after feeding, it soothes sore nipples and because it is made with natural, skin-calming ingredients, it can be left on the skin to provide long-term protection from soreness and irritation.
TO BATTLE HOSPITAL BUGS
Anxious about astringent hospital soaps drying out your skin? For a natural antibacterial alternative, be sure to pack our Hand Sanitiser in your maternity toiletry bag. Packed with antiseptic Tea Tree extract, it cleans hands without the need for water so that you can keep germs at bay any time of day.
DON’T FORGET YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
A change in hormonal levels can leave pregnant women vulnerable to oral health concerns so it’s essential that you take good care of your teeth[ii]. To protect teeth from bacterial growth, without the need for harsh chemical ingredients, be sure to pack a tube of Green People’s natural toothpaste.
Available in a choice of four flavours, these natural formulas release a gentle burst of organic freshness to keep your mouth feeling clean.
A natural soothing nipple balm for breastfeeding relief
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