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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
okay - so for mamas planning a water birth this is irrelevant.....

but what are you planning on wearing during your birthing time?

i have given this alot of thought since the last time the hospital gown sucked! especially when it came time to breastfeed.

also, i am a pretty modest person and even though at the end of my gazillion hour long labor i still found myself worrying about a boob falling out here and this or that being exposed. plus i have an ugly tattoo on my butt - and I just HATE when anyone sees it.

i know it seems stupid to have those thoughts in labor, but hey you are who are you i suppose - and i don't want those sort of insecurities interferring or clouding my mind this time around.

i was thinking i wanted to birth in a skirt and thought it was so cool when i found an ad in mothering last one specifically for such a thing. i ordered one last week and can't wait for it to some this week so i can check it out. i haven't really sorted out what i am going to wear in the laboring tub yet (i do plan to use a tub during labor at the birth center provided both rooms with tubs aren't filled!) it seems like so many people i know are having babies in april!!
post #2 of 26
This might be TMI, but hey-- we're talking birth here!

I was bleeding SO much with DD . . .the whole time I was in labor. I was messy, messy, messy, and the hospital had no tub (I'll have a tub this time, but not for the actual birth).

Anyway, I actually wore NOTHING during pushing. I think the nurse took off my gown since it was so bloody, and the doctors (not my own-- she got there late!) asked me if I wanted to put something on and I said no. I was too busy and concentrating!

I read in some books that birth is very sexual, and that's what makes people uncomfortable (like doctors). Normally, I am extremely modest so I am still surprised that I was naked, but now I just think that it was OTHER people's problem that I was naked, not mine.

I so agree about the hospital gown and breastfeeding . . .ugh! But, I was so bloody afterwards (and even ended up hemmorraging) that I didn't dare put on my own clothes. So, I hesitate to bring my own stuff again! I AM going to bring slings, though, so that will help with the modesty!
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
The only thing I plan on wearing during the actual delivery is a sports top with a bra sewn into it. But for the laboring part I will wear something to cover my lower body.

And yes, I do agree my first birth was messy! I brought my own robe last time and not this time! I leaked onto mmy robe hours after giving birth, so I don't want to take a chance this time, even though the last time it did not stain.

Birth is a very sexual event, part of the reason I feel I need to be covered or modest I suppose.
post #4 of 26
With my 4 hospital births I had the hospital gown on. With my first homebirth I labored in the tub w/o anything, but when I got out I put on a light gown. With my UC I labored in the tub for a while and just never put anything on after that. It was the first time I birth naked it was really amazing. However I don't know if I would have felt as comfortable with an audience. I am the type to wait and see what I feel like and having hb really helps when it comes to what to wear.
post #5 of 26
wow. i never even considered this- i was stripping my clothes the second i got to the birth center, sort of pannicked the nurse, she said i needed to wait until i got indoors to take my pants off, because she, um, didnt want me to catch a chill :LOL . so i labored and birthed naked, not that i am a big flasher usually, just for laboring, it never occurred to me to leave my clothes on.

i can see, however, in the much less private setting of a hospital, how you might feel more comfy covered, being naked could make one feel quite vulnerable. i hope you find the perfect thing that makes you feel confident and comfy.
post #6 of 26
I'm wearing a sports bra for sure. My pg boobs are just way too big for me have them all hanging out there. I've heard that its a good idea to get some of those shorts style undies so that you can walk around with a pad after your water breaks and not feel like you are peeing all over the floor. I'll probably bring some of my dh's t-shirts too just because they always make me feel comfortable.
post #7 of 26
hospital gown for sure.

whoever said they don't want to bloody up their own cloths -- i'm in total agreement. some women complain about feeling like the hospital gown makes them a patient or something, but i'd much rather bloody something that doesn't belong to me than my own nightgown or robe!

i am bringing a nightgown to wear afterwards. but with dd i tore 4th degree and was bleeding something awful for days. i didn't even get dressed until the day we left the hospital. it didn't cross my mind. i wanted to leave things open and airy down there and didn't want to leak blood and goop all over my own underpants or clothes.
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by 7kiddosmom
It was the first time I birth naked it was really amazing. However I don't know if I would have felt as comfortable with an audience.
I haven't gotten drunk too many times in my life, but being naked for giving birth (in a hospital with 3 doctors . . .it seemed like people came in just to watch) was a LOT like that. :LOL I was so uninhibited because I was completely into what I was doing (not in pain, just intensely working), but afterwards felt like . . .what did I JUST do??? : That's why I have to tell myself that if anyone felt awkward it shouldn't be my problem so that I'll stop feeling weird!
post #9 of 26
I'm planning a waterbirth and although I know I'll prefer to be naked-as-a-jay-bird... I think my DH would be a lot more comfortable if I wear SOMETHING so... I have a tank top and a sports bra both set aside (although I had an amusing temptation to pick up some super cute bikini top today LOL) I have a nice new terry robe (white so I can bleach the heck out of it later if necessary) to wear for out-of the tub laboring if I decide to... but who knows.
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by theelfqueen
I'm planning a waterbirth and although I know I'll prefer to be naked-as-a-jay-bird... I think my DH would be a lot more comfortable if I wear SOMETHING so... I have a tank top and a sports bra both set aside (although I had an amusing temptation to pick up some super cute bikini top today LOL) I have a nice new terry robe (white so I can bleach the heck out of it later if necessary) to wear for out-of the tub laboring if I decide to... but who knows.

Hmm, I'm waterbirthing too and hadn't considered the "getting out of the tub" portion of labor. I was also planning on a sport bra/ tank w/ shelf bra kind of thing, assuming that my body would allow it. Since it'll probably be just a few people (mom, MW, dh, maybe dd), I'd probably prefer the naked as a jaybird aspect too. (Last time was a hospital birth and the loosenes of my own nightgown was very comforting -- I didn't feel constricted and I could retain some sense of modesty.) I don't know if I want to get a robe, but maybe I could get some kind of sarong type of material to just wrap around... I'll have to think about it.
post #11 of 26

Birthing Outfit

Well, with my ds I thought I just *had* to have something "cute" to wear for labor & delivery...he came earlier than expected so I never had time to buy anything. Sooo glad because I made a huge mess giving birth & really could have cared less what I had on while trying to get him out.

I didn't have any trouble nursing in my hospital gown - mine actually tied at the shoulders making it very easy to let down one side or the other.

What I did do, however, is buy a super cute pair of pajamas to wear after birth. That way when family & friends came to visit I was in my own clothing & felt much more comfortable getting up to use the bathroom or whatever.

Christina
SAHM to Brendan 6.6.03 and baby boy due 4.23.05
post #12 of 26
Thread Starter 
"i can see, however, in the much less private setting of a hospital, how you might feel more comfy covered, being naked could make one feel quite vulnerable. i hope you find the perfect thing that makes you feel confident and comfy"

last time i birthed in hospital. this time i am in a birthing center in a hospital. birthing naked is something i admire, but i just can't get out of that "holy crap" i am NEKED in front of a whole lotta people headspace!
post #13 of 26
I'm not a naked birther either-- I felt a whole lot more comfortable having something on during my dd's birth. I know when she was born I was still wearing the maternity sleeveless top I had worn the day before. I know I was wearing undies up until my water broke (right before I started pushing), but I can't remember what I had on on bottom before then. Some kind of shorts, I think.

This time, I bought another camisole/shelf bra top with the specifc intentions of wearing that. We'll see. I'm pretty sure I'll wear something, since I really am more comfortable in clothes than nekkid.

I do kind-of like the idea of buying a cute bikini for the water part of the labor. I have never ever worn a bikini as an adult (I really shouldn't!), but I don't have any body image issues whilst in labor, so why not grab the opportunity?
post #14 of 26
For my first labour I wore a large T-shirt (dark coloured) that covered my butt (I had underwear on until I lost my mucus plug and then ditched them). I used the bath at one stage and just jumped in naked although it still kind of makes me feel a bit weird thinking about it. I put a clean t-shirt on for the rest of the labour and just pulled it up once bub was born.

This time I'm going for a water-birth so better get over the fact that I don't really like the idea of birthing naked although maybe I'll wear a tank top or something.

I've been reading one of Ina May's books and the totally naked pictures in there just aren't me.
post #15 of 26
Stream -- that was my thought too... there's no way I'd wear a bikini top at any other time but darn it... they ARE cute and they would be a fun thing to look back on in the pics, IMO and I don't really see a difference btwn a bikini top and a sports bra for that use... I think may just have to get one. Some fun, funky print.
post #16 of 26
Thread Starter 
bikini tops - YEAH! go for it!

i myself was well endowed prior to pg and dd#1. and i defintely think bikinis are hot sexy and cute, but this mama needs some s-u-p-p-o-r-t. therefore birth skirt, sports bra sewn into a ginny-T or sports bra solo for me.
post #17 of 26
funny - I bought a cute bikini top at an end of the season sale last year and have never worn it. But it dawned on me the other day that I should wear it in the hospital. But then I can't figure out what to wear to cover my bottom. Ideally I would like a flowing, knee length skirt that is made out of swimsuit material. So then I can hop in the shower when I want to and not worry about getting it wet, plus it will dry quickly too. I have a feeling I'm going to have to make my own
post #18 of 26

Birthing skirt...

Quote:
Originally Posted by goodcents
i was thinking i wanted to birth in a skirt and thought it was so cool when i found an ad in mothering last one specifically for such a thing. i ordered one last week and can't wait for it to some this week so i can check it out. i haven't really sorted out what i am going to wear in the laboring tub yet (i do plan to use a tub during labor at the birth center provided both rooms with tubs aren't filled!) it seems like so many people i know are having babies in april!!
I was thinking of this too. I saw a picture of a mom in Birthing from Within and it got me thinking of a sarong type of skirt to wear. I just haven't found one yet. Can you show us pics of your skirt? Where did you order it? I don't get mothering magazine so I'm not sure where to go...
post #19 of 26
Thread Starter 
the company is called binsi birth skirts which you can check out here. i got my skirt the other day. it is cozy and soft. i have yet to handwash it, which i want to do to see how quickly it air dries.

i suppose a sarong would work to. i always have to tie and re-tie mine though. also, the ones i have now would never fit around my big belly!
post #20 of 26
i pretty much wear a nursing bra and gown until the babe is born. i have no issues with being naked, but never really gave it much thought while in labor. i will bring my own nursing night gown for after delivery. i have no issues being bottomless, but for some reason i like to have my nipples covered LOL. and nursing bras are just so perfect for after delivery.
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