What's the most comfortable thing to wear postpartum? What should I stock up on?
I had really amazing hot flashes/night sweats so I wore a lot of dh's soft flannel shirts over the tank tops just so I could regulate my temperature a bit better and not drip on the bed.
And I have to admit I wore my pregnancy stretch pants and pajama bottoms around the house for a couple of months!
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Like the PP said, your belly doesn't shrink right away (unless you are like my lucky sister who was back in her old clothing 2 wks postpartum). I also gained 50 lbs! The first 30 came off in 5 months easily with nursing. But now I'm having to work hard at the rest. I just went to the maternity store the other night and got some maternity tops - tried on tons and tons to find ones that didn't look maternity. I needed the extra size in the boobs. Can't find anything to fit C boobs when my frame is so small. Even with the weight, my shoulders etc are tiny. So anyway, don't expect great things and then if you do get skinny real quick you can rejoice!
Blessings with your new baby!
I was under the impression that as soon as the baby popped out I would be back in my heels. Yah, not so much! What was I thinking wearing heels with a baby going down stairs. I'm lucky I didn't break either of our necks.
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Good luck to you!
I ended up wearing DH's tshirts to bed because I was soaking the sheets through with the nightsweats late in my pregnancy and early postpartum.
i use the tanktops with the built in bra. I use these at night too and stuff a cd in there when leaking. I love my bravado nursing bra. it is super comfortable. Elastic pants seem to be the most comfortable right now. I wore maternity tops the first week or two and then transitioned to my normal tops.
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Loose Shirts (easy to pull up for nursing)
I have some nursing tanks too but the cut seems low and the built in bra sometimes is small so it can look like your boobs are popping out.
Originally Posted by wombatclay
I got a bunch of those maternity tank tops (the kind with the built in shelf bra) during my third trimester and I kept wearing them post partum as nursing tops...sadly the belly doesn't vanish overnight and your belly/breast size will probably fluctuate A LOT in the first month or so after the baby arrives. Glamourmom has some specifically designed for nursing, but I found my slightly stretched target brand maternity tanks worked just as well.
I think the comfier the better! If you like being naked- be naked! But big comfy pants, granny panties and the tank tops work really well!!!
Yeah, get something that's comfortable and maternity or maternity-like and easy to slip on/slip off, nurse in..
BUT make sure it looks GOOD.
Not, as in, "supermodel' or anything, but make sure it is something that you think you look good in, a nice color that compliments your skin color, and that you look at yourself in the mirror and smile and that you feel good in.
Even if it's just pajama bottoms with your favorite cartoon character on it and a matching tshirt top.
I say that because I was ssssoooooooo down in the dumps the first few days postpartum. I just didn't care about anything. (I have a touch of postpartum) Most ladies get the baby blues. It always gives me a boost to put something on that made me feel like I looked good, and it kind of boosted my spirits up.
Give babe to dad for a few moments and put some earrings on (if that's your thing). Do your hair in a quick and nice style. It will do wonders to boost your postpartum spirits.
As a bonus, you look presentable in case company drops by to see the baby.
Oh, one more thing. You will need a good supportive nursing bra about at least 2 cup sizes larger for when your milk comes in. Get 2, you will be leaking milk all over the place.
Get breast pads, cause otherwise, you will be leaking all through your shirts.
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For leaving the house, I'd have on hand your favorite second trimester pants, a few new non-maternity shirts in a couple of sizes larger than you wore pre-pregnancy. (This is not for the belly, this is for the boobs, and you'll need them for a while - four months and counting, here.) AND, most importantly, a really snazzy new pair of shoes and maybe a handbag, so you feel somewhat pretty again! During my third trimester, I bought myself a pair of shoes and a jacket I was excited about and didn't allow myself to wear them until after the baby was born, so they were still new and exciting!
Congrats and good luck!
Originally Posted by gabysmom617
You will need a good supportive nursing bra about at least 2 cup sizes larger for when your milk comes in. Get 2, you will be leaking milk all over the place.
Thank you to everyone for your suggestions! I have a good sense of what I need now:
- yoga pants or pajama bottoms
- nursing tanks
- white tops (to hide spit-up)
- nursing bras
- a few things to "dress up" in and feel good about myself
Every woman (or at least, the vast majority) look like dolly parton wanna-be's when their milk first comes in. I went from like a D to like a DDD. And it takes a few weeks to get back down to a size more closer (though not necessarily the same) to where you were prebaby.
You never know how large you will be, so you have to pretty much guesstimate...
If you go to a maternity store, or some sort of lingerie store that has nursing bras, they should be able to help you figure out what size to get for those first few days after your baby.
Now, some women prefer to go braless during those "bowling ball" days. But with me, my breasts were so heavy, much like two giant beached whales that where crushing under their own weight for lacking support of the water, such were my breasts. I needed a good bra on. You also may find yourself doing more frequent bra shopping than those prebaby days, as your size is doing a lot of fluctuating.
I assume this is your first? This is my first too, so I'm not quite sure, but I have heard from other moms that your breasts get much more engorged when your milk comes in the first time for your first child. Whomever is fitting you for a bra, and helping you prepare for your postpartum days should be aware of that.
Hope everything goes well!
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