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Disclaimer: totally agonizing over silly details below.<br><br>
I am packing for hospital. I really am not a night gown fan. I have a huge comfy pair of black cotton pj pants and some baggy black tanks I love. For the life of me I am trying to remember how many times after baby comes, does the nursing staff come poking around below the belt. I really want to slide into my pants after I clean up and ditch the gown, but am wondering if I will be stripping off pants every 2 hours or something??? Can't remember last time worth a hoot.<br><br>
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You should be fine with the pants- I'd anticipate lots of checking before you get cleaned up- within the first hour or two, but then it should slow down dramatically if all is well. Plus, it's not all that hard to just pull the pants down/ out enough to see what you need to see, KWIM?
 

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At my hospital they check you once per shift in the post partum unit unless you had some bad tearing or bleeding issues.<br><br>
With my dd, I had 3 degree tears and lots of bleeding so they checked me every few hours. This time though, I don't anticipate the same experience and can deal with being checked once every 8 hours. I'm planning to take some pants with me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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With my DD, after they stitched me up from my tear, transferred me to my room, etc. they didn't do any checks on me down there at all. All they wanted was to make sure that I peed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I wore stretchy pants and nursing tanks the whole time I was there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I'd go with the pants, too. When I had ds they checked my drawers a couple times a shift (I think) but it was usually just a quick peek to see that I wasn't overly soaking the postpartum pads. No undressing required.
 

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I don't remember anybody checking whilst in hospital, they just asked how heavy the flow was.<br><br>
PJs are so much easy for getting on/off a bed without flashing your visitors. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I like a nightgown-pants combo.
 

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I put on yoga pants as soon as I got to the mother/baby suite. It wasn't an issue b/c they were loose enough that the nursing staff could do what they needed to do.<br><br>
I say be comfortable!
 

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The only time I was "checked" down there after a birth is when DD2 came by emergent C/S. Because I was still under the effects of the spinal, you couldn't clean/change yourself for about 1/2 to a full day (they also didn't want you bending down and potentially ripping your stitches out). They came around every couple of hours and changed things down there. I think it basically stopped once they took the cath out, or it may have happened a few more times as I had a hard time with the anasthetic meds leaving my system.
 

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Pants should be fine, where i work we usually just ask how your flow is. Be comfy!
 

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After Lilah came by ECS, they checked me several times the 1st day and even changed my pads for me etc, and after the 1st 24 hours they only did it once a shift. AFter the 1st 24 hours I changed into my PJ pants but not befoer because I couldn't move yet LOL. I think pants are the ONLY way to go, I hate gowns too.
 

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actually. this is a very helpful thread, lol!! I was thinking the same thing. I was so used to just packing nightgowns, but actually HATE them. I get so hot in there, I was thinking of just tanks and pants. If I see the pants are a problem with the nurses, I will just sit under blankets in my undies and a tank, until I need to get up, then will put pants on. I don't move much around the room the first day or so anyway, as I have to have the lovely c-sections<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I'd go with the pants if you are more comfortable in them. Ive never been a nightgown person eiher. Id be totally comfy in pj's pants and a tank, and feeling very uncomfy and awkward in a nightgown or hospital johnny.<br><br>
My 1st 3 LO's were born in birthcenters and the nurses helped me put on a pad and those mesh panties right after the babes were born, but never bothered to check me down below. They simply asked me about my flow and told me to let them know if I was soaking more than a pad an hour or passing any clots. They did come in regualrly to check and make sure my uterus was still clamping down in the first few hours, but that didnt involve any clothing removal. If you tear, or need stitches they might want to take a peek to check on things, but heck, pj pants are baggy, the should just be able to pulll things down a bit and peek in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Best of luck to you!
 
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