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post #21 of 29
I'm a fairly modest person (not a fan of bikinis or plunging necklines), but to me, birth nudity is different than most other nudity. It's not nudity that I mind seeing at all, nor do I mind my husband or children seeing it.

Also, while I wouldn't be the type to walk around the locker room naked and just talking to my friends with it all hanging out, I'm generally okay with changing in front of other women. While I wouldn't want to take a shower with my mother, we've both been naked/undressed in some way in front of each other as adults, and it's never been a big deal to me. That said, here was my experience:

With DS1, I totally thought that I would be rather modest in labor. I had planned to get a sports bra to wear in the tub, especially so that we could have PG pictures...well, I never got around to getting that sports bra, and when we got to the birth center, I ripped my clothes off and jumped in the tub (I had been having pushing contractions for over 40 minutes, and was holding the baby back; not fun!). I still laugh about it, because there were three people there who I had never met- the assisting mw (who just happens to be my mw this time!), her daughter, and my doula's daughter (who I had actually just met the day before). I didn't care one bit, I just wanted the baby out, and I didn't want any restrictions in the process.

With DS2, I was wearing a nightgown, hiked up around my waist...and slipper socks. It was REALLY cold in our house, as our heater was out of commission at the time, and even though I probably would have stripped under other circumstances, I just wanted to be warm if I could. I had the shakes really badly. I crack up at the pictures though, especially since one of the socks was on upside down.


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I agree with the previous posters. By the time I started working through my contractions, I didn't care who saw my naked (I had two midwives, my mom and MIL at home with me). You are in a quiet place, working with your body, so you don't really care about nakedness at that point.
Totally OT, but I wanted to say yiassou, fellow Greek (I just saw your siggy)!
post #22 of 29
not in this ddc but wanted to share.

when i went into labor and i was having my baby... modesty flew right out the window. i was way way way more concentrated on getting him out than caring what anybody saw. seriously, anybody could have came along and i either wouldn't have cared, blatantly ignored them, or overall didn't realize their presence.

that being said, i am super modest. i am the kind of girl who isn't fond of exposing even the slightest bit of cleavage, as i like to feel concealed and not be gawked at from all angles. - giving birth... it really does make such a huge difference, concentration totally diverted from everything else.

while pregnant, being naked was a bigger concern to me than possibly... er... going #2 during labor.
post #23 of 29
when i was in labor the part of me who cared if anyone saw me naked totally disappeared, too. i think i would have walked up and down my street naked. I just did. not. care.
post #24 of 29
DS was born in a freestanding birth center, but I'll still answer. I started out with a tankini top on and before I knew it I was buck naked and didn't have a care in the world! Those contractions can make you forget anything. LOL. I have the same midwife this time, except for a homebirth, and I'm sure that I"ll be nekkid in record time.
post #25 of 29
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i think i would have walked up and down my street naked.
post #26 of 29
I was butt ass naked and I LOVED birthing unrestrained. I am not realy modest to begin wiht and I figure the MW has stuck her fingers inside me so what is being naked?
post #27 of 29
even after my son was born, I didn't care. the poor nurses would be like, "Miss, your gown is open in the back again!"
post #28 of 29
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even after my son was born, I didn't care. the poor nurses would be like, "Miss, your gown is open in the back again!"
This was how I was, too! I remember the midwife kind of yelling at nurses to get the door closed as quickly as possible after the birth - can't remember if I was being stitched up or delivering the placenta...anyway, I was like "Yeah, whatever I really don't care at this point," and she replied, "Yeah, but that feeling goes away."
post #29 of 29
I thought I wouldn't want to be completely naked. I figured I would wear a big shirt most of the time. I started labor fully dressed. When things started getting more intense, I put on a nightgown. The moment the MWs said I could get in the tub, I was out of that nightgown as fast as possible. Dh had a robe at the ready and I wasn't interested in it at all. It is really pretty amazing how your perception of nudity changes completely when you are in labor.
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