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What did you wear to give birth?!

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#1 Al.Packer

Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:35 PM

ok ok call me shallow - I can handle it!

but I'm just wondering what you all wore during this memorable occasion??!

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#2 LuckyLast

Posted 10 October 2005 - 09:12 PM

original.gifI bought a cheap towelling zippered front gown in preparation for my first delivery.
Length for modesty & convenient front zip for first feed.
By the time I got to the hosp and was checked over the layers were just removed one by one & by that stage I no longer cared about what I was (or wasn't wearing  original.gif).
I never even gave it a second thought once I was there.

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#3 mias_yummy_mummy

Posted 10 October 2005 - 09:36 PM

I packed a long button up shirt...it never came out of the labor bag.

I got to the hospital, pants off, jumper off then straight into the shower.  So I ended up wearing nothing.  

After labor (1hour in hospital), I was covered with blankets.

I was really worried about being exposed, but once I was in labor all that went out the window.

I spose it would depend on how long you're laboring for in the hospital.

Good luck with it all.

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#4 ElizabethMc

Posted 10 October 2005 - 09:41 PM

A really big over-sized maternity t-shirt was all I wore for the "big event".

To the hospital (while in labour) I was wearing said t-shirt, a cardigan and track pants. Once into the birthing suites in the hospital I was out of the cardigan and trackies because it was just too warm. Then the midwife wanted to check how dilated I was so off came the undies and that left me in the t-shirt.

I thought I'd be really worried about all my "bits" being on show for the world to see, but I was far too distracted with the job at hand to worry about modesty.

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#5 TigerLilly

Posted 10 October 2005 - 10:16 PM

I went with the good old hospital gown, and I'm glad I did. The mess I made...I would be throwing out any clothing of my own that I wore.

Loving being a Mum!

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#6 Chazee

Posted 10 October 2005 - 11:35 PM

I took an old baggy t-shirt! However, i ended up just wearing the hospital gown! Saves any cleaning. :eg:

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#7 ambisinister

Posted 11 October 2005 - 12:35 AM


I took lots of clothes, but just felt comfortable naked.

I'm not an exhibitionist, I don't have a perfect body, & if someone had of told me not to take anything to wear I wouldn't have believed them.

I wore a button up nightie after. (BTW how hard is it to find a nightie that doesn't look like something you stole from your granny? Plenty of nice jammies around, but no nighties?)

#8 Guest_toppy_*

Posted 11 October 2005 - 01:14 AM

Hospital gown or nothing.  I spent most of my labour in the shower and only came out to deliver.

#9 *Jen*

Posted 11 October 2005 - 07:31 AM

First time i started off in one of my dh's long (on me) tshirts, then had a bath and wanted to start pushing while in there, was naked for the next two hours while pushing bub out.

Didn't bother taking anything to wear for number 2 thought i would be naked again but ended up in a hosp gown.

#10 chocfrog

Posted 11 October 2005 - 08:45 AM

i shopped for weeks beforehand and finally found an attractive looking nightgown which buttoned up the front.  lol! i thought i would be giving birth in it and then breastfeeding my baby in it.
I ended up in the hospital gown, of course.
That said, I still bought special pyjamas and dressing gown for the hospital visits afterwards.  Something that i felt comfortable wearing while i had visitors.  Those pyjamas that are similar to a casual tracksuit are good too.  At least you feel 1/2 way presentable.

#11 mollykathleen

Posted 11 October 2005 - 08:56 AM

i was induced after being 12 days overdue. i started out wearing my own clothes but i threw up all over them so i wore a hospital gown. then i chucked again so i changed and had another hospital gown on. because there were signs of distress with DD i was attached to a trace machine to monitor her heart rate so i wasnt allowed to walk around. i had to lie on my back. i kept having to get up and go to the loo and i was worried about flashing my naked bum everywhere (i'm like the most conservative person in the world) so i put on yet another hosptial gown only this time backwards so my bum was covered.

by the time i was nearly in transition i had the backwards gown off. during transition the midwives lifted my gown and put me on the stirrups. but i hardly noticed. by that time i didnt care that everyone was looking at me i just wanted it over.

honestly i am a really conservative person and really quite shy. at least that was before i went into labour. my labour was only 4 hours so i had rippers of contractions. before my labour i thought i'd be quiet as i usually am in everything else. infact it was the compleate opposite.

if i could go back and do it all again i'd do it the same. the hopsital gown deffinatley is the best. there's nothing worse than having to clean up spew and blood and everything else after  giving birth.

This message was edited by mollykathleen on Tuesday, 11 October 2005 @ 8:58 AM


Posted 11 October 2005 - 08:57 AM

DS1 - I went to hospital in Maternity pants and a t-shirt kind of nighty on top... I gave birth to him wearing the nighty to cover my pointy-bits.

DD1 - I went to hospital in Maternity pants and a maternity shirt, and took the t-shirt nighty from above birth with me, as good luck... I got to hospital, stripped off and headed for the shower... When I was about to push, and OB/Gyn was arriving in the carpark my Middie (Nicole) asked if I wanted to cover up-top.. I said yes, and put on the t-shirt nighty.

DD2 - I went to hospital in maternity pants, t-shirt & jumper... I got there, labour was progressing nicely but I thought it would still be ages, Middie checked me, then I got in the shower, came out and put my same t-shirt nighty on again for this birth, OB/Gyn checked & broke my waters... I still thought I had a while so I took off the t-shirt nighty and went back into shower for 2 contractions, then walked butt naked across to the bed, held on, baby made me push, and in one contraction she was out... with my "Lucky" nighty sitting on the end of the bed - LOL  original.gif

In hospital, I had maternity pants, or draw-string 3/4 pants and t-shirts for the day and jamas at night... I didn't want to be in my PJ's all day... nothing about visitors, I just feel better in clothes.

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#13 EsmeLennox

Posted 11 October 2005 - 11:43 AM

DS1 - Hospital gown which was on and off about 10 times during the course of the labour as I was in and out of the shower etc.
DS2 - Nothing.


DS1 10/07/2002 DS2 15/04/2005

#14 mumma-g

Posted 11 October 2005 - 12:06 PM

I went with maternity tshirt I was wearing on the day. No pants and bright green granny undies for the short time I was wearing them.

#15 kemjo

Posted 11 October 2005 - 04:21 PM

I'm a super conservative person too...heck beforehand I was even stressin' about having to take my undies off...LMAO!!

Anyway, I ended up having a lovely (NOT!) hospital gown on. Believe me though when it happens, you really couldn't care less about what you are wearing. At the time of the birth, it was only my OB, my DH and the midwife in there with me but truly, I could have had the entire world in the room watching what was happening down at the business end and I really couldn't have given two hoots!  

Other people told me that before too but I really didn't believe them until I went through it myself...LOL!!

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DS 18/9/04 (Successful VBAC...YAY!!!)

#16 sammum

Posted 11 October 2005 - 06:52 PM

i had bought a lovely nighty which lasted about 5 minutes until my water broke and i threw it off to jump into the bath - it was naked all the way after that.

Agree with the others that when you're in labour you won't care!

Good luck


#17 one~of~me

Posted 11 October 2005 - 09:10 PM


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#18 Guest_relleh_*

Posted 12 October 2005 - 10:10 AM

I took a maternity singlet top that I got from Target in a bigger size.  As I really started in the night it was PJ's for a while.  Once I had the epi in, I really did care that I had clothes on.  It was probably one of the worst parts - feeling very beached whale like - able to move my legs a little bit but nothing constructive.  I really didn't like the feeling and would have definitely felt worse with no clothes on.  For the actual birth it was a hospital gown as it was a c/s.
Take something you think will be comfy and see what happens.

#19 Kimberlysmum

Posted 12 October 2005 - 12:02 PM

I started off in my own daggy maternity nightie from home and ended up wearing a hospital gown because of the epidural but to be honest I wouldn't have cared what i wore as long as my baby came out.

#20 -Leo-

Posted 12 October 2005 - 12:37 PM

I went to hospital in a dress because my waters had already broken and in the car i sat on a towel while I lifted my dress up so it was not wet.
As soon as they finished monitoring the baby I wanted to go into the shower so off came all my clothes I always new I wanted to give birth naked and because the shower was the best pain relief I didn't worry about getting dressed only to get undressed. Do what feels comfortable for you at the time. I didn't care at the time who thought what though the was only DP my mother and Midwife and on delivery one more midwife assisted and I thought DP and Mum have seen me before and I'm sure the midwife have seen plenty naked women.



#21 Yelpoch

Posted 12 October 2005 - 04:17 PM

A big old nightie.

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#22 bzzzbee

Posted 12 October 2005 - 06:39 PM

I spent 4 hours on all fours in the shower and then had a buttoned pajama top - while lying down (after the epidural) and being examined I had a towel over my waste and below.  I packed bathers etc as I was really terrified of being seen naked but once things start to happen you really don're care, it was the last thing on my mind.  I suggest you take a dressing gown for after the birth when breastfeeding etc so I could cover up quickly when I had visitors.

#23 ~Simply*Blue~

Posted 12 October 2005 - 07:21 PM

I went out and bought a big mens button up shirt, however it did not make it out of the bag.

As soon as I got there I was put in a hospital gown. Which came off when I got in the spa but back on for the big event. It was easy to lift up so my ds could be born onto my stomach.

#24 `fruit loops`

Posted 12 October 2005 - 08:24 PM

Hospital gown both times.  Have had 2 c-sections so they were more off me than on me sad.gif

#25 Frenchie mama

Posted 12 October 2005 - 11:42 PM

Wore a long tshirt.I would recommend comfy socks(it's a comfort thing for me)
Also, the best thing I brought with me was disposable paper pants bought from the chemist. They are expensive but ever so good as they come in a large size and with all the bleeding, you just tear it and throw it away. The pads always end up leaking and messing underwear.

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