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What to wear during labor?

post #1 of 41
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I know this is probably a silly thing to worry about it. . but I worry about it none the less! I worry about what I will wear during labor. I want to be comfortable, and my goal is to move around a lot during it. . .all fours, squatting, the big ball thing, etc. I'm worried that if I wear a night gown people will walk in and see my whoo-ha while I'm on all fours, or whatever it is that I'm doing.
Also, I plan to at least labor some in the birthing tub, probably not give birth in it, but just hang out in there during contractions. What do you wear then???
I know people will see my parts at some points throughout the day, and I know everyone says I wont care about it then. . .but I care now! So if I had something great in mind, that would ease that fear.
post #2 of 41
This is what I wear:

post #3 of 41
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Originally Posted by Spark View Post
This is what I wear:

the whole time????
post #4 of 41
People who are in the room while you are laboring are very very likely to see various otherwise private parts of you. To mitigate that, you do get some control over where you birth and who is there. Anyone who would freak out seeing those parts, or who you would freak out having see those parts, should be excluded.

For the birthing tub, I would go naked. Unless you are giving birth in an air-conditioned hospital, naked for the rest of the experience sounds okay to me too, but if you do wear anything, nightgown (or hospital johnny) is the way to go - getting pajama pants off at the right moment will just be annoying, plus, they'll get all sticky with various things and be uncomfortable.

Let me take a moment to sing the praises of the hospital johnny. They're big. They're comfy. They cover the necessary while allowing medical access. And the hospital has a very nearly infinite supply of them, so if the first johnny winds up coated in amniotic fluid, or urine, or poop, they just get you another one, dump the soiled one in the hospital's industrial laundry, and on you go.

You can buy special clothes to labor in, but they're spendy, and they just don't seem worth it to me. They certainly won't address the "people will walk in and see my whoo-ha" issue.
post #5 of 41
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Originally Posted by KelliHope View Post
the whole time????
Yeah, that's what I'm wearing right now, too. Just kidding!!!!

By the time I'm naked, I don't care whatsoever. Now, the last time my labor was so fast, my water broke when I was in my nightgown & that's what I wore pushing, too!

Are you birthing at home or birth center or hospital? I think that sometimes influences how much you want to cover. But, hopefully if you're birthing at the hospital you won't step foot in there until you care nothing about clothes... otherwise you're probably too early!

Some women really like these for birth: http://www.birthinbinsi.com/index.htm You can even finding them used on the trading post sometimes.
post #6 of 41
yeah, I just go with the hospital gown. they can be replaced whenever they get yucky.
post #7 of 41
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Originally Posted by MeepyCat View Post
People who are in the room while you are laboring are very very likely to see various otherwise private parts of you. To mitigate that, you do get some control over where you birth and who is there. Anyone who would freak out seeing those parts, or who you would freak out having see those parts, should be excluded.
Well. . .besides my husband & medical professionals that excludes EVERYONE! and I don't want anyone else there during the actual pushing & delivery, but I don't think I will be able to exclude parents & inlaws from being in the waiting room and poking their heads in from time to time throughout the day. I'm shy I guess. . .there's just something about my dad seeing me naked, not to mention my inlaws! Makes me awfully squeemish. I'm even nervous about breastfeeding in front of these people. . .but I guess I will just have to get over myself!

As for where I'm doing it - it's a birthing center in a hospital. It's 40 min away from home though so I'm not sure how long my DH will let me wait at home for . I'd love to stay home as long as possible so that when I get there it's time to push and on with our lives, but this being our first I feel like dh will pack me into the car as early as I will let him.
post #8 of 41
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yeah, I just go with the hospital gown. they can be replaced whenever they get yucky.
yeah. . but don't hospital gowns split right up the ass? That wont help with the on all fours thing. I used to sleep naked with my bare but in the air - people will start calling me crackers-in-the-air-kelli again!
post #9 of 41
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yeah. . but don't hospital gowns split right up the ass? That wont help with the on all fours thing. I used to sleep naked with my bare but in the air - people will start calling me crackers-in-the-air-kelli again!
I think people wear two - one backwards, one forwards. You know, like one put on traditionally and the other one like a robe.
post #10 of 41
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I think people wear two - one backwards, one forwards.
ahhhh well now we are starting to make sense! that could work!
post #11 of 41
Ditto the hospital gown suggestion if you'll be at a birth center. Maybe bring along your favorite fuzzy robe from home to wear when walking the halls, etc?
post #12 of 41
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Originally Posted by KelliHope View Post
Well. . .besides my husband & medical professionals that excludes EVERYONE! and I don't want anyone else there during the actual pushing & delivery, but I don't think I will be able to exclude parents & inlaws from being in the waiting room and poking their heads in from time to time throughout the day. I'm shy I guess. . .there's just something about my dad seeing me naked, not to mention my inlaws! Makes me awfully squeemish. I'm even nervous about breastfeeding in front of these people. . .but I guess I will just have to get over myself!
I am as big a fan of getting over yourself as can be found, but labor's not the time to have to get over yourself. It's *your* labor. You need to be comfortable. That's the really important thing.

I had no parents and in-laws in the waiting room because we didn't call anyone until the baby was actually born, and I was stitched up, and we had had a few minutes to hold the baby. If you don't want these people in the delivery room, keep in mind that failing to inform them that *you're* in the delivery room is a very effective way to arrange that.

If you do want to tell them you've gone to the hospital, they still don't necessarily get to poke their heads into the delivery room. The hospital I delivered at discussed with my husband and I what we wanted in terms of visitors. What we wanted was "none", and that worked fine, but the hospital was quite capable of keeping visitors out of the room - no "poking their heads in". The waiting room was pretty distinctly separated from the labor and delivery rooms, and access to the L&D floor was pretty tightly controlled.

Also, you know how when you go to the doctor's office, in the exam room, there's a curtain right by the door? And when they ask you to get undressed, they then leave, and draw the curtain? Then, when they come back in, they knock on the door, come into the curtained space, and close the door before pulling the curtain back. The L&D rooms in the hospital have that same setup, so that patient privacy won't be violated every time anyone opens the door.

Discuss this stuff with your care provider (and tour the place you plan to birth, and ask questions), but if there are non-medical personnel you don't want to see you naked, I am highly certain that it can be arranged, even if you decide to labor in the altogether.
post #13 of 41
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Originally Posted by KelliHope View Post
yeah. . but don't hospital gowns split right up the ass? That wont help with the on all fours thing. I used to sleep naked with my bare but in the air - people will start calling me crackers-in-the-air-kelli again!
Not all of them! The hospital gowns I've most recently encountered were wrap-around dealios with ties on the inside left and the right shoulder.
post #14 of 41
I am going to wear a black nursing sleep bra from Motherhood on top. That I know for sure. Last time, I wore the hospital johnie. I labored and pushed on my hands and knees for a long time. I got to be honest, my modesty went out the window. I'm hoping to labor more at home this time, so I'll probably wear cozy pjs or something. I'm also going to buy a really pretty head scarf to wear around my hair. Honestly, when I look back at the pictures of me right after I gave birth, I shudder in horror. Granted a 20 hour labor with 5 hours of pushing isn't going to make anyone a beauty queen, but Yikes...
I'm also going to treat myself to a nice "post birth" lounge outfit to wear - they wouldn't let me shower last time for a few hours since I ended up with an epidural, but this time I'm hoping to go natural.
post #15 of 41
I had this beloved old stretch-out soft T-shirt that had grown some enormous holes (in modest places) over the 15 years I wore it. I decided that labor would be its farewell number - but then my labor went so well that I decided it was a lucky shirt and stuck it back in my maternity bag for next time.

As for modesty, I ended up in bed mostly, despite my intentions, so I also had the sheet up when I wanted.
post #16 of 41
I labored at home in the tub for a good long time, so when it was time to go to the hospital, I just slipped on a shirt and skirt (nothing else ). My dh said that he knew it was serious when I got to the hospital, stopped in the middle of the L&D room, door wide open, dropped my clothes, nad put on the hospital gown. The gown was nice, cause no matter how I was sitting or laying or whatever, I could make it not bunch up all around me (cause of that big old vent--LOL).
post #17 of 41
last time i was in labor i just wore my regular clothes until i felt like getting in the water (about 20 minutes or so before ds was born) and then i was naked, being in the bathtub and all.

i had to keep my regular clothes on, though, cause we went for a walk outside.
post #18 of 41
DS was born in a hospital. I started off with a maternity tank top and a hospital gown tied around my waist. Once I hit transition I tossed the gown (I was in and out of the shower or sitting on the birth ball) and hiked up the tank top, I didn't want anything touching me.

During DD's homebirth (all 2 hours of it ) I took off my nightgown as I was coming downstairs right after I woke up in labor, about 20 minutes before transition. I didn't put anything back on until she was a few hours old, though the warm blankets felt wonderful when I had the shakes after she was born.
post #19 of 41
Kelli-
Are you sure you want your family in the waiting room? For me personally, just knowing they are right there would make me uncomfortable and be too much pressure. My SIL had her parents in the waiting room and they came into her room when she was pushing and she had to yell at them to get out. She felt a lot of guilt about that. Labor doesn't seem like the best place for guilt.

We just called people after the baby was born. I know most parents would worry and it might help them not to have to know every detail of your labor.

Remember you are in charge of your labor and delivery. To me having family members in the hospital during the labor seems totally inappropriate. You do have a choice about this. Maybe you will want to tell them you are in the hospital after the baby is born and not before?

Also, with breastfeeding it helped me to have some privacy with my baby the first day. My family came to the hospital about 8 hours after the baby was born and I felt like I needed more time with my baby breastfeeding without an audience. I know some people who's breastfeeding might have been hindered by too many visitors at the beginning.

I was in a hospital when I gave birth and I wore a mu mu with nothing under it to the hospital and as soon as I got there I took off my dress because I couldn't stand the feeling of anything next to my skin.
I really could care less at that point who saw me naked. Although, I never would have even considered having family members peeking at me. That sounds so awful to me.

I hope you find a nice outfit to wear, maybe a tanktop and long skirt?

Lorette
post #20 of 41
You sooooo won't care once you're in active labor . Except the "who" might matter, as I seriously think I went into labor at 37 weeks last time because I didn't want mother mother around and she was moving to our area 3 days later.
I personally have always given birth in the same shirt, which I have since dubbed my "lucky shirt". It's an old ratty t-shirt from the first print run of my husband's game store.
I wore underwear for a while with #3 until I really got uncomfortable near the end.
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