As you’re likely to be in hospital for a few days, you may want to pack a few extras. Books, magazines, headphones or mini speakers and an extensive playlist on your phone can keep you occupied while you wait for the C-section – and during birth.

You’ll need several pairs of high-waisted cotton knickers to go over your scar, and comfortable clothes, preferably with buttons down the front for easy access during breastfeeding. A second nightgown is useful, along with slippers or slip-on shoes, as your movements will be restricted at first. Due to your longer stay, you’ll also need extra clothes and nappies for your baby, but as space in the ward will be limited, ask friends and family to bring you supplies as you need them.