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The hospital where we are thinking of delivering has a jacuzzi tub available for mothers to use to relax during labor. I have never had such a luxury, and am looking forward to taking advantage of it, but I am not sure what to wear in it! Do most people just go in naked, wear a swimsuit top, or what? Thanks mamas!
 

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With dd, I just wore the hospital gown. Just climbed right in. When I was ready to get out, a nurse was standing there with a dry one for me to slip into.
 

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It seems like all the mamas on the tv birth show about the Florida midwife practice are wearing swimsuit tops or sports bras. Of course, a birth center and a hospital may have very different "dress codes" for the laboring women. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I have packed a cross-over style cotton nursing (sleep-level of support for my DD's) bra as well as the oversized v-neck swimsuit cover-up that I wore for DS's hospital birth. I figure that way I have full-coverage and top-only coverage available of my own clothing. (I hope to birth in a hospital-affiliated birth center, but may be forced to the hospital based upon my CBC results as I have a genetic form of anemia and am borderline right now. Both locations offer water birth options.)<br><br>
I would wear a hospital gown if I didn't want my clothes wet (or if they had gotten wet), but I do think I feel more powerful and more comfy in my own clothing and choice of color. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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My hospital has a birth tub...last time I wore a lycra/spandex sports bra and nothing else. (their only dress code is a male birth partner needs to be wearing swim shorts, and a female birth partner needs to be in both a top and bottom of some sort) I figured the lycra would dry quickly between "dips" (and it did). And it was comfy and easy to pull aside for nursing. Of course, since I eventually had a c/s I wound up wearing that bra a good deal longer than planned since I couldn't remoe it while the IV was in and I didn't want to cut it off! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I didn't mind wrapping a towel around my hips when I wanted to walk around, but I'm thinking this time I might go for a binsi skirt (<a href="http://www.birthinbinsi.com/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.birthinbinsi.com/index.htm</a>) since a friend used one and loved it and has offered to get one for me. I don't know though. It would be for wearing when I'm not in the tub (and last time I actually found the tub to be less than perfect and kept getting in and out since I really needed to walk and "dance") and I already have a really comfy maternity skirt I plan on bringing.<br><br>
Anyway, if you're very modest and don't want to be exposed, you can always bring a few long t-shirts or wear the hospital robes (they have an unlimited supply!) and just change them as needed. Or go with a comfy tank top or sports bra and nothing down below.<br><br>
Hope you enjoy the jacuzzi!
 

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My plan is to just wear a comfy tube top--easy to get on/off and to nurse with for right afterwards. I'll also have some little shorts or a skirt for walking around in, but I don't think they'll come anywhere near the tub. Hope that helps; good luck, and enjoy the water!!
 

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last time i was in the tub i just wore a bra<br>
this time itll probably depend on the time of day (im crazy modest)~ daylight ill probably wear my huge bathing suit skirted top, which is pretty long, night time ill probably wear a tank top
 

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I am planning on wearing my maternity bathing suit top in our birth center's tub. It's fairly loose, and very comfy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I guess it will depend on how modest I'm feeling. I do like the tube top idea. Waterbirthing is big in MW practice & I've seen lots of pics, some wear sports bras, swim tops or just go nude. I don't think they impose a "dress code" on Moms, just on partners (DH has to wear a swim suit).<br><br>
I will be in one of the private rooms that has a birthing tub so I have a lot of options. I'm planning on taking some type of top, maybe a maternity bathing suit. The tube top idea has a lot of merit. Or I might just be naked. We'll see.
 

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I had a waterbirth at home, and I had planned to wear this black maternity tank with black sports undies I could take off at the last minute. In reality, labor was so quick that I went into the pool in a white nursing bra (which, of course, worked out well after dd was born<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> !) I didn't give a fig for modesty at that point, and I'm betting you won't either! I would suggest having a plan, but planning to be flexible.
 

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Oops- I wasn't just supposed to drop all my clothes at the door when I went in? To not put them back on until hours after birth. Crud----- I've really got to work on figuring out all these societal standards!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I think whatever you wear, or don't is fine. They've seen it all. And they way I figure it, they've seen worse bodies than mine!
 

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With dd, I labored in the bathtub in the bathroom of my room and I was either naked or had a bra on. With ds, there was a waterbirth tub and I had on a bra. This time, I think I am going to wear a bikini top. It will probably feel better than wet cotton and will dry quicker if I am in it a while after the baby is born.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Yep, I was planning on wearing nothing?? I guess I'm another one out of the loop when it comes to societal standards! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
This is my first, so obviously I don't have any previous experience but naked seemed the way to go! My husband has to wear swim trunks (this seems to be the norm) but I was told I could do whatever I wanted. I got the impression that moms usually prefer to go in the tub without clothes...and I'm assuming that modesty will be long gone and out the window by the time I get in the tub! I am going to be at a free-standing birth center, though--I might feel differently if I were at a hospital and there were less privacy.
 

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I'm going off-topic a bit here, but I must be a weirdo, because I remember being really, REALLY irritated that I had to take off my undies when I got to the hospital, because they wanted to check me.<br><br>
I never wanted to be naked, and was happy in my VERY LOOSE swimsuit cover-up (with arm holes big enough to pop out a boob for nursing and a deep v-neck so no clinging there either.) I really wanted to keep on my panties, too! I don't know if that was part of my desire to keep people from "looking at me" (I hated everyone who glanced at me while I was in serious labor!) or if it was some kind of subconscious thought that things wouldn't get painful (no one could "come out" through them?) while they were on... I guess I'm unusual in this area, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
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