38 Weeks Pregnant – Time to Pack the Hospital Bag?

38 weeks pregnant

38 Weeks Pregnant

Because I’ve never gone into labor on my own, I’ve never packed the hospital bag ahead of time and had it sitting there ready for weeks. Because so many have been scheduled inductions, I’ve packed the bag the night before, and had everything ready to go. The only one that was a complete surprise was Parker. I developed pre-eclampsia, and because everything happened so quickly, I had no time to pack a bag or get everything ready. That’s one birth I’d like to never repeat again.

Now, here I am at 38 weeks, still perfectly plump and very pregnant. I can’t go anywhere without people asking if I’m ever going to have this baby, and I refuse to answer the phone because the first question always asked is, “Oh, you’re still there? No baby yet?” SIGH. I’m 38 weeks. Talk to me after 40 weeks. Although then you might not like the consequences of asking such a dumb question.

My next appointment is on Monday, and since I haven’t been contracting at all, (which is extremely rare for me!), I know he’s going to tell me to hold on one more week. While I’d give anything to have this baby here, if the doc still thinks he needs more time to cook, then I don’t have a problem with that. I know this baby will not come without pitocin – none of my other ones ever have, so I’m not expecting this pregnancy to be any different.

But, do I pack the hospital bag? I’ve already got my hospital bag check list printed off and ready to go. I have everything I need, I just don’t have it all in one place yet.

Part of me feels like if I do pack the hospital bag, I’ll be jinxing myself. If I’m ready to go, I’ll never go into labor on my own. But, if I don’t pack it, maybe something will happen and I’ll go into labor on my own.

Now, that’s never worked before, so maybe I should try packing and being ready to go. Maybe that’s all this baby is waiting on.

So, as you can tell, my brain is running a million different directions, and I can’t make up my mind. So, where else can I go but to my readers?

Tell me: How early did you pack your hospital bag?

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    I haven’t had a baby yet. Good luck with everything! Here’s to a fast week for you so you can have the baby soon! Congrats on your soon to be new bundle of joy!
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    Sorry I can’t help, our son is adopted so I never had to worry about that.

    But me being me, I would have have been packed at like 30 weeks! LOL

    (BTW I asked for a friend on Facebook and have not got it yet, name there is Amy G G I don’t want to put my last name here)
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    well, I would probably go ahead and pack just in case. I am so thankful that you are having such a great pregnancy though. How awesome is that?!?
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    I packed around 37 weeks, when my OB said I could “go any day now”… then DS was born on his due date!
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    I think you should pack your bag… but then I didn’t pack mine until the night before I went into labor – LOL. I mean I was kind of adding stuff over the weeks but I wasn’t completely READY until the end.

    Did you make your break your water cookies yet? I want to know what kinds of things you’ve been trying to get yourself into labor! You’ve got to be sooo ready!
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    With my first one he came a month early because there was a tear in the amniotic sac and I started to bleed I was in labor for 29 hrs before the doctors decided to induce labor , so I had no time to prepare a bag , with the second one no problems with labor or delivery but he was born with special needs anyway.
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    Pack the bag, girl! BTW, you look great!

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    I’m with most of the other ladies. Enjoy the experience of packing the bag! That way, no matter what happens, you can feel confident in knowing you’re prepared. Having that packed bag sitting by the door always made me even more excited for the big day. Good luck mama! 🙂

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    good luck- i loved being pregnant- i;m jealous….i had 2 babies and both induced- i was only induced about 4 days early- and i never packed until he gave the inuduction date- i guess i got lucky and was ready….but the last baby- i acutally went in to get induced and started having contractions on my own -right before i got there- it was great.
    good luck

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    Pack the bag! HaHaHa! You don’t have the nesting instinct yet??

    Hmmm.. PACK THAT BAG Angie!!!!!
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    i am 38 weeks today and i want to pack the bag but i dont have any idea what i suppose to pack plsss help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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