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What are you wearing for your water birth or while laboring in water? I was naked during labor with dd1. We were in the hospital birthing room with the mw's and a nurse and I didn't care one bit. I'm planning a hb this time and, of course, have no idea what time of day my babe will be coming. I am a bit nervous about what the neighbors will see--we know our next-door neighbors well enough, they know we're planning a hb and they're a bit uncomfortable about the whole thing. This adds a slight level of awareness. I know I don't have to please them in any way or make them comfortable, but...well it's for my comfort too, I guess. Add to that, I'd love to have more photos of the birth this time. I've seen women in sports bras and swim tops. I'm not sure what to buy. I have a maternity tankini but it's quite flowy w/more fabric than I'd like. If I wear something, I'll want it to be more fitted.

What do you think and/or what are you planning?
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I've got a flowy tankini too, as well as a more fitted one. If I decide to wear something like that I'll have them ready. Most likely I'll be naked, and if i decide on anything at all it will be one of my stretched out nursing sleep bras from dd. Mostly for a bit of support. I could care less if anyone sees me, as we live a 1/4 mile from our nearest neighbor!

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Nekkid. I have thick curtains.
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Hmmm...if your neighbors are uncomfortable, then they shouldn't be looking!
Wear what you want. Or don't wear what you want.
I wore nothing in the tub when I was able to use it while in labor with my DS. Modesty was really not on my mind - getting into that nice, comforting, warm tub was the only thing I was thinking about.
If you did want to wear something more fitted, how about an old tank top?
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I wasn't really planning on wearing anything... if I feel uncomfortable I can throw whatever on (sports bra, tankini top - non-mat. It still fits mostly, t-shirt or tank top) but I don't anticipate wanting anything on.

As for the neighbours.... close the curtains or throw a sheet over the window (or get your partner to do that!) they really shouldn't matter in the equation!
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I've been thinking about this, and I'm thinking tank top. I have a million, lol. I think it'll also depend on how I'm feeling at the moment. I can't see myself going naked b/c my parents will be there with me.
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I'll be having a hospital birth, but they do have a big pool to labor in. I stuck a sports bra and a tankini bathing suit top in my bag just in case I want to put something on. My 9 year old son wants to be in the room when the baby comes and he may feel uncomfortable seeing me totally naked in front of other people besides hubby so I may throw one of those on. We're a pretty care free house normally and he sees me naked a lot so he will probably be fine.

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I've never been comfortable being naked in labor (I'm not comfortable being naked normally either maybe it's the saggy boobs ). With dd I wore a non maternity tee so it was tight and clingy with a bra under, that was actually really nice until after she was born and I was aware that I was cold and dripping wet.

This time I've bought a sarong for during labor (want to look cute for the photos ) and I'm currently planning on wearing a bikini top that has some support.

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I'm planning to get a cheap bikini top to wear in the tub at the hospital. I somehow don't mind having my belly and lower regions bare but the idea of having everyone see my boobs for a good long time doesn't feel comfortable for me. And it will make photos more share-able if we choose to share them.

I expect to be totally bare at the end so I'm ready for skin-to-skin snuggling with the babe. I'll also have a tank top but I can imagine me struggling getting out of it and I thought the bikini would be easier on and off.

I agree that covering the windows might be worthwhile since feeling safe and private can be important for laboring...
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I wasn't planning on wearing anything - didn't last time. I'll be in my bedroom, so I can always grab something if I change my mind. It's just not as comfortable in the water with stuff on, and I don't want to be fumbling with a shirt or whatnot when the babe comes out and wants to nurse.
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Skin. It doesn't matter how I plan. this is my 5th birth, and I know once the contractions hit I will reflexively strip off my clothes and fling them across the room. (Homebirth rocks.)
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I'm planning on being naked while in the tub and if I get out to deliver on the bed. I'm not sure yet what I'll labor in. Probably one of my DBF's t-shirts.

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I'll be wearing a hospital gown. Oh, and a hairnet! Planned 3rd C here.

Unless baby comes on his own, beforehand. Then I'll wear whatever suits me at the time.

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