day one sweats and a T shirt day two t shirt day three nothing word of caution from someone who's been there close the windows my neighbors never looked at me the same after that
What did you wear for your homebirth? - Page 2
I have a front-close leisure bra and maternity swimsuit top to pick from. I guess I could grab an old t-shirt too but I think that would be annoying in the pool. So I'll just see what I grab, if anything. I think I have some nursing gowns and sleep t-shirts around for after the birth too so I guess I can just decide what to put on afterwards in the moment. Nice thing about having a homebirth - you don't have to pack a bag - you have everything in your entire house available to you!
Thank you all so much for the ideas! I had been thinking a tankini swim suit top, but the one I've been swimming in during this pregnancy is tighter in the belly than I think I'd like during contractions. After all the responses, I'm thinking a black nursing/sports bra sounds like a great idea! Esp. since I'd like lots of pictures that are shareable! :)
During my pregnancy I looked at thrift stores for nightgowns I thought would be good, and found a few that buttoned down the front. I did put one on right after the birth. During labor though, I got in & out of the tub several times, and kept getting my clothes wet and also I threw up on them, and I decided to stop putting on clothes. Despite that- I think I want to look cute for the next baby's birth. I'd like my hair fixed, maybe in a french braid or something, and maybe a skirt/top or a little dress.
I'm planning on wearing a black nursing bra, a short wrap-style nightgrown, and/or a short cotton robe. Something I can wear but that doesn't fall much lower than mid-thigh and can get out of easily, and I'll probably be naked or just wearing the robe when I give birth, since I want to do immediate skin to skin.
Last time with my daughter in the hospital, I just wore a long, loose cami. Worked fine and covered my butt so I didn't feel too exposed.
Birthday suit. I have no recollection of how or when I went from wearing work clothing (I arrived home from work in active labor) to being naked, but clothes of any sort have felt restrictive in labor.
After birth, I think I was bundled naked in the bed with blankets and a nursing baby for a few hours.
If you wear a bra or bikini top, just make sure it's something that's easy to take off if it gets wet - tie or snap closures, nothing that you have to pull off over your head.
I was in pajama pants and a tank before the mw came, after she checked me I jumped off the bed in transition and hobbled around pantless (and pantie-less) for a while, then lost my shirt when I tried out showering and was in my glorious birthday suit for her birth I couldn't have cared less at the time, and of course the midwives didn't either.
I have two belly bands that I bought from a friend with the plan to wear one of them during labor. I thought about bikini top, sports bra, bra, etc and just thought any of them would be too uncomfortable(I'm so not a bra wearer) and harder to get off after baby is born and I want contact. So, it's either the belly band or nothing. This is also my third baby but first HB. I know from my hosp births that I won't care who sees me naked. Plus, this time I won't have any strangers!! So that's even better. =)
you and your family are lovely!
That is so sweet of you to say! Thank you!
Definitely... it was wonderful being able to share the majority of our pictures with close family and friends
Afterward I was in a long loose gown that allowed for nursing. I think I too had the stretchy panties. I'll have to look for those again. I also would freeze large maxi pads spritzed with a little witch hazel which felt really good after the birth. This group of midwives recommended getting a bag of pull up, panty like incontinence garments for after the birth. Anyone ever tried those?
I read this before my home birth and it was a GREAT suggestion! My water broke to start labor (both times), so Depends were great for laboring in before I got into the pool. And afterwards, they were super comfortable and made life very easy (and non-messy!)--I stuck my frozen pads into the Depends for the first couple days and it worked great. Not terribly eco-friendly, I guess, but I was happy to have had them.
Yes! Very much not eco-friendly, but the Depends are amazing. I'd put a frozen pads in them pp and when the whole thing was a mess, toss it all out.