on the checklist of things i need to get together for this baby, my midwife includes 2-4 "labor outfits". . .and I really have no idea what to wear. both my other babies were born in hospitals, so my outfits were hospital gowns. so what is everybody else wearing?
so what does your labor outfit look like?
with my first one (and they carried over to the second) they were just comfy pajama outfits. They were matching tops and bottoms (a gift from my mother) By the third it was just lounge pants and a t-shirt. Mine were all born in hospitals. The first time the outfits were for postbirth. The second and third time I told them they could shove their gowns where the sun doesn't shine, I was wearing this and if they had to cut it off of me in an emergency, so be it. :p This time it'll probably be a pair of DH's boxers and a spaghetti strap tank top what I wear around the house all the time :) Comfy is the key word!
I'm hoping to get some nice pj's but they will be for afterwards. I don't want to waste them on labour when they're more likely to get mucky and no-one will see me wearing them anyway :-)
I've always labored in a tub so either naked or just a black nursing sleep bra type top.
I hate the labor tubs at the hospital we are birthing at this time, they are too small and slightly traumatizing.
So I'll labor at home in my bigger jacuzzi and we'll leave when I'm thinking things are getting a little intense.
It's a 45 minute drive. I will wear probably a nursing tank or something like that and some comfy pants/PJs whatever I can muster.
It's actually a good idea to get that outfit set up ahead of time, for those who labor at home and need to go to a birth center or hospital while in labor. I've always liked the idea of a little black flowy skirt on the bottom with no undies just to cover my bum while I'm pushing or laboring on all 4s but that never quite seems to happen. I've also bought cute headhands to wear in labor that tend to drive me insane and get thrown across the room....
I do need to make a mental note to remember to bring a towel for the car ride, i'm pretty sure my husband will weep if I defile the upholstery in the car we haven't even paid off yet....
Ha! This thread made me realize I have no idea what I wore to the birthing center last time. Probably yoga pants, a camisole and a sweater. As soon as I was at 6 cm I was in the tub, so I wore nothing. And then when I felt I had to get out to push better on the bed, clothing was the last thing on my mind. My father in law actually, unwittingly, sent a picture of me with my nipple showing shortly after DS was born. I don't think I had a stitch of clothing on until hours after the birth, after I rinsed all the meconium off of myself :) I went home in my same old pajamas. It might be nice to get something special this time, if I get around to it.
These days I"m usually hanging out in a sports bra and undies whenever I can, so prob something like that. I remember last birth I was so uncomfortable in the hospital gown with the open back and nothing under it, I actually look forward to it now :) Not necessarily the open back part with my hiney hanging out, but the lack of anything restrictive.
That's my plan! It occurred to me I might get cold but eh, I can wear pants instead of just underwear should it come to that. I did find a super cute sports bra for $3 at a store the other day! That's my labor outfit: a $3 bra.
I'll be taking a few of DH's long, button down shirts. I hope to labour and birth in water again and I'm not comfortable wearing nothing. So one of those shirts will be for the tub. Oherwise, yogo pants and, under the button down shirts, a nursing tank or camisole. I like being able to just unbutton as I need for nursing. I'm not a fan of hanging out in jammies, so I want something comfy but that doesn't look like jammies.
OTOH, if this baby makes it to term, there's always the chance I won't be bothered with leaving the house!
totally spaced this one for my HB. I have no idea.
All my previous "labor" clothes ideas never happened, and looking at them now, they'd be impractical for nursing and that's kinda the first order of business. Must figurethis out soon, and like others have said, COMPFY is going to be key.
Same here! I guess just whatever I happen to be wearing. However, I would like to pick up a lacy "bralette" (looks kinda like a sports bra, but it's made of stretchy lace) for the birth tub. Not sure if I'll actually want to use it, but it might be handy to have. I like the lace ones because they are super thin and dry out really quick unlike a regular sports bra.
Lol, I also want to get a bikini wax before hand... I suppose since my crotch will be rather exposed, I'd like to have that looking good ;)
Ha, I want a bikini wax too, but having never had one before, I think that now would be an unwise time to take that leap. But it's been bothering me that I can't see down there anymore and therefore any grooming hasn't been happening. (way tmi)
OMG I can't even remember the last time I even looked down there. I've actually forgotten there is hair down there since I haven't seen it since august.
I'm going to need to liquor up my husband and have him shave it for me. I feel too pudgy right now for a wax but I imagine a good pruning needs to be happen.
Thanks for the reminder.