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Just curious what people have worn or are planning on wearing to labour in. My previous 2 births were in a hospital and I just wore their gown or nothing but I was reading the ads in the latest Mothering and saw an ad for a birthing skirt. I thought..no way! but then it got me thinking. I asked a few friends here and had several different answers so I thought I would throw it out to all of you...I am thinking a sport's bra and a sarong.

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Nothing for me.
I like being naked anyway, during labor it's a no-brainer. I will save my favorite (most comfy) maternity dress to wear to the hospital in case we have to go again.
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I plan to labor nakey. I like the nakey. Plus basically nothing fits COMFORTABLY at 28w, so I can't imagine how uncomfy I'll feel at 40ishW.

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My first birth was in the hospital and I was in the buff. This one's going to be at home and I'll probably wear the same outfit. I was much more comfortable that way.

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I was thinking of a oversized black tank top that's pretty long. That's it. Saw someone wear that in a homebirth video and it seemed to work well!
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I was naked last time and quite happy... but I want DH to video it this time, and I'm thinking a bikini on top in the tub might be good.

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I wore my birthday suit, and I think that's what I'll be wearing again. I can't imagine having clothing to deal with.

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I saw another thread on this subject and saw that someone recommended this chemise - http://www2.victoriassecret.com/comm...me=OSSLPCHEZZZ

I bought it and it is really comfy!

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Oversized Tshirt here and sports bra. I'm not comfortable enough to be naked in front of strangers.
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i like the look and idea of this http://www.birthinbinsi.com/index.htm but probably won't get around to ordering one...i'll probably end up naked
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With my first two I wore a tanktop. With the second I labored in the tub and my tanktop was all wet so they reccomended I take it off after I had him. I can't figure what I want to wear this time. I think I might get a sports bra and then nothing on the bottom (I never do) but I guess if I have to walk outside I could throw on a T-shirt and sarong. That's a great idea! because then you can just take it off easily.
I do like being naked but I want it filmed and I wouldn't appreciate that after. I don't care about my belly showing but no one needs to see the rest
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I don't remember what I had on for my other births, but this time, it's probably going to be whatever I have on, or nothing. Depends on how "in the way" it will be

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I am actually having a friend sew me some custom hospital gowns - they will be the regular gown pattern with the tie-open back, and snaps on the shoulders, but in a prettier fabric that is more "me"

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I bought a 2X(I wear a M pre-pregnancy) 5$ night gown that buttoned up the front from walmart, and a big bathrobe(I was freezing in the hosp). It was comfy, but I didn't get very far in labor , so I don't know if it would have stayed on.

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naked was sounding good to me.
Probably a comfy loose cotton skirt and loose t-shirt if I want to walk around outside

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I labored in my favorite denim shirt from dh. Had a birth center birth last time. I wanted button down shirts so I could breast feed easily.
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I'll wear whatever I feel like at the time. With dd I ended up naked - homebirth waterbirth. With ds I wore the hospital gown (no way in the world would I be naked in a hospital - eeek!) I do think wearing normal but comfortable clothes is good for the psyche.
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If the homebirth works out, I will go with an oversized, longish T-shirt in late labour. I suspect, it will be too cold outside for anything but normal clothes, but inside I could wear one of my stretchy summer dresses until transition or so.

The chemise from Victoria secret looks nice. I could use my baby doll, but I am worried it will stain from something or other.

I agree with pp, that I do not want to be naked in the hospital if I have to go. However, I am planning on only going if there is a complication in which case I won't care about how the hospital gowns look.
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I wore a hospital gown last time, and the whole time I was in the hospital. I'll probably do so again this time -- I have a m/w but am birthing in the hospital. I wouldn't want to be that exposed (well OK, I'll already be way exposed, but having something on top will make me forget that) in a hospital, and anyway, I'd rather wreck someone else's clothes and/or let someone else do the laundry.

Speaking of which, I was so embarrassed last time, DS turned out to be a spitter so went through all the clothes I brought for him at the hospital, and DH sent them home with his sister to be washed. I didn't know until I went looking for my personal dirty laundry bag that he'd also given her my underwear, you know, that I wore immediately afterwards. That was not a pretty sight. Sorry TMI! I apologized profusely to her and told her I had not asked that she wash my underwear! DH!
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I'm generally uncomfortable without some sort of support on top (bigger boobs that are now ridiculous), so I'm hoping a sleep/nursing bra and probably the hospital gown. I like the idea of a sarong for walking around. I hope to stay home as long as possible; there maybe a t-shirt and a sarong.

I'm very confused about what you do if your water breaks (and is leaking) while you're laboring and want to move around!
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Veganone - just throw on a pair of underwear with a maternity sized pad

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Yup, wear a pad. I've had my water broken for 2 labors - after the initial gushes, it's just light leaking.
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I also have very large breasts that are so uncomfortable without support. We had my third son in a hospital that refused to let me wear anything but the gown. Of course, if I'd KNOWN, I would have insisted. But that was a very uncomfortable night for me and I am even bigger now.

So, for this homebirth I will definitely wear something supportive and may or may not slip on a short but wide skirt on the bottom. Don't know yet. Because I will also have a birthing pool, I am definitely not doing a full upper body anything (like the chemise).

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i think those outfits are really cute but I'd hate to stain them. The tank top I wore with both is stained and I just can't imagine wearing something that will end up with blood or other stains on it, especially when they cost that much.
I've never had my water break, so I think those are great ideas
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I wore a gauzy long tye dye dress for early labor when I got to the hospital they gave me a hosp gown and it kept falling off and driving me crazy so I took DH's white undershirt the nurse had a cow but hey I was comfortable and I didn't care if it got stained. The nurse said I needed to be in a gown incase they had to undress me quickly and I said cut the shirt off of me I don't care what happens to it, I am not wearing that gown it is too big and uncomfortable. I wore a button down PJ shirt after I got cleaned up and just covered my legs and stuff with the sheet. It was 2 sizes too big so it covered my butt when I got up to walk and go to the bathroom. I wore DH's black sweat pants and T-shirt I packed for him home since I completly forgot to pack me a going home outfit. I actually lived in the the sweat pants and various button up shirts of DH's for the first 1-2 months after DS was born . I loved those sweats and DH cut them into shorts last summer cause he tore a hole in the knee. HMMMM those would make comfy shorts to wear right now.
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BTW Hydrogen peroxide gets blood stains out of clothing very well, and if you don't leave it on too long, you don't have to worry about it bleaching the clothes.
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I plan on laboring at home and then birthing at the hospital. At home I will either be nekkid or wearing a long tshirt. I agree w/ Vegan though, I will prob. have some sort of holsters on for the big ens! They are just too huge right now! At the hospital I will wear the gown. I don't mind them at all. They are so soft b/c they have been washed 10 million times! I also like that I won't ruin my own clothes! I would wear one at home if I could, I love the slots for easy boob access!
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Last time I labored in some comfy PJs - super soft yoga pants and a nightshirt, for the most part. When I got in the water during transition I wore a black sports bra, and wrapped up in an old robe after that. That's what I ended up birthing in! Of course the ratty robe wasn't exactly my ideal, but I didn't care too much at that moment.

This time, I'm thinking of a comfy nursing bra like the Blue Canoe Janes Plus - I have a couple already but may get a dark colored one "just in case." I could wear one in the tub and switch out when I get out, if I wanted. I'll probably also have good, comfy nightshirts to warm up in, too. Most of mine are either v-neck or button-neck and have been used often for nursing already!

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I like the sports bra and sarong idea. I'm totally going for that.

For #1 I was in a hosital gown.
#2 was a big nightgown form walmart
#3 (m/c) was big t-shirt and loose workout shorts

I think I'll go for the sports bra & sarong this time. I like that idea!

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I labored and birthed in a blue chemise just like the one from Victoria's secret. It went off when I went into the tub and back on afterward (he was born on the bed). My only gripe about it was that I wasn't naked when they put him on my chest after he was born and to get it off, I had to move baby, sit up and pull it over my head. Something with buttons or a side zip (probably sewn in by me after purchase) or even stretchy straps that would have allowed it to be pulled down would have been better.
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