Those of you who laboured/gave birth in a pool...did you wear anything whilst in the water?

(40 Posts)
RightUpMyRue Fri 15-Mar-13 16:44:17

It seems like a bit of daft question, obviously when pushing the baby out you wouldn't have had any pants on but what about a top/bikini/tankini etc and what about before the pushing began?

I'm planning on being in the pool for most of my labour and birth but I don't know whether to get my kit off as soon as I arrive or not?

What's usual?

Flisspaps Fri 15-Mar-13 16:46:15

I wore a bra.

Sticklebug Fri 15-Mar-13 16:48:11

I wore a massive nighty that I bought for a few pounds in Primark. It was perfect as it sort of floated around and preserved my dignity (well as much as you can have in childbirth!!), but was not uncomfy. Threw it in the bin afterwards...

NellysKnickers Spain Fri 15-Mar-13 16:51:11

Nope, I was completely starkers, just stripped off and got in, didn't think anything of it. It was lovely and I'm sure the midwife has seen it all before!

WhatAGoat Fri 15-Mar-13 16:51:55

Bikini top I did get in wearing a nightie over it but it kept touching me!!! So I took it off grin

dinkystinky Fri 15-Mar-13 16:52:54

Nope was naked - but was in transition and just didn't care!

SarcasticMrKnowItAll Fri 15-Mar-13 16:53:27

Top half of a tankini, felt like I wanted to be covered up to start with, pulled it off nearer the end as it was irritating me smile

rcs19 Fri 15-Mar-13 16:57:36

Do whatever you're comfortable with. I didn't plan to labour in the pool but it was available so I tried it. I just wore the vest top I was wearing when I arrived at hospital. Somewhere around transition I decided I was too hot and ended up with no clothes on at all, I'm usually much more inhibited!

RightUpMyRue Fri 15-Mar-13 16:58:06

I was thinking a nightie or a t-shirt might get a bit chilly if it gets wet but then isn't submerged?

Flossbert Fri 15-Mar-13 16:58:41

Starkers first time.

Second time I kept bikini top on until DD2 was imminent then got DH to whip it off so I could have naked cuddles as soon as she was born.

CookieMonster88 Fri 15-Mar-13 17:00:17

Just my bra, thought I would care what midwife thought of it but was too distracted smile

Pascha Fri 15-Mar-13 17:16:00

A big comfy maternity tshirt. I had no real desire to get everything off even though I was at home. It came off afterwards for skin to skin while they waited for the cord to stop pulsing.

Indith Fri 15-Mar-13 17:20:35

I wore nothing, but then I wore nothing when giving birth on dry land either. Stripping is one of the first signs of labour for me grin.

RightUpMyRue Fri 15-Mar-13 17:26:01

Quite mixed results really. I'm guessing there is no 'usual' smile

I should maybe take something to wear in case I want to but just go with the flow and be naked if I feel like it.

Newmum2013 Fri 15-Mar-13 17:49:32

I've got a tankini top but no idea if I'll wear it or not. Might start off in it but looking at previous comments it might be coming off! Ha

AliceWChild Fri 15-Mar-13 17:51:24

Totally naked

CheungFun Fri 15-Mar-13 17:51:50

I was 9cm dilated when I arrived at the hospital so I didn't have time to think so I just got in the pool wearing Dh's t-shirt I'd put on for the journey to the hospital.

If I did it again, a tankini top for swimming would be perfect I think

I wore a long vest.
It doesn't get cold as the water is so lovely and warm.

TheTiger Fri 15-Mar-13 17:54:02

I had a lovely tankini top in my bag, but when it came down to it i couldn't get my clothes off and get in that pool fast enough! It was lovely being in the water. I didn't even think about being naked, and DS was cuddled straight into my naked veiny, saggy, pregnant boobs.

Also, you definitely won't get cold, the pool is very warm and the room gets really humid. I had a flannel that DH kept soaking n cold water and squeezing over my neck/shoulders when I was pushing.

Good luck!!

D0G Fri 15-Mar-13 17:57:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

monkeysbignuts Fri 15-Mar-13 17:57:54

I planned on wearing a tankini top however I was in that much pain I got in wearing my Metallica t shirt and socks! The shame of it lol!! My contractions were back to back when I got the hospital and I was only in the pool 45 minutes

ZuleikaD Fri 15-Mar-13 17:57:54

I was naked because by that point I'd thrown up four times over everything I'd brought to wear.

stargirl1701 Fri 15-Mar-13 17:59:30

I wore a tankini top.

scarlettsmummy2 Fri 15-Mar-13 18:11:10

I wore a full bikini and took the pants off just before I started pushing, baby out in three big pushes!

bumpybecky Fri 15-Mar-13 18:28:21

dd1 laboured in pool naked, had to get out to transfer to hospital so put some clothes on then!

dd2 & dd3 gave birth in pool naked (twice, not twins!)

ds gave birth in pool still with t shirt and bra on as didn't have enough time to get clothes off!

TheYamiOfYawn Fri 15-Mar-13 18:38:20

I'd just go with the flow. You get pretty warm in labour. DD was on dry land and I couldn't be bothered taking off my T-shirt. With DS, I flung all my clothes off and jumped into the pool. I found my bra under the fridge a week later.

Lizzy1975 Fri 15-Mar-13 18:50:38

I took a bikini top to wear, but just stripped off and got in, honestly once you're there you won't be fussed about what you have on and the water is so warm I would have been uncomfortable in clothing anyway.

Wuxiapian Fri 15-Mar-13 18:55:58

I stripped down to my bra and vest top when getting into the pool.

bigbadbarry Fri 15-Mar-13 18:58:04

Not a thing and I've had three! I did worry a bit about it beforehand (first time) as I am normally quite private, but I didn't give a monkeys.

Radiator1234 Fri 15-Mar-13 18:58:09

I was naked. I asked the MW what people do and she said some keep their top on but that just sounded like hassle getting it wet!

AndMiffyWentToSleep Fri 15-Mar-13 19:06:57

I was naked - in too much of a hurry to get in the pool to care!

barefootwalker Fri 15-Mar-13 19:12:25

I packed a tankini and an oversized T-shirt in my bag.....but arrived at the hospital 9cm dilated by which point all I wanted was to get in the water ASAP so just stripped and clambered in. I really didn't want any clothes on by the time I was there. I'd suggest packing something then you have the option either way.

barefootwalker Fri 15-Mar-13 19:13:53

Should also say that I LOVED the pool, it was amazing. Good luck with your birth grin

RightUpMyRue Fri 15-Mar-13 19:14:51

I'm thinking I'll probs be naked. I'm not worried about the MW seeing me, I'm not shy, but I will take a t-shirt and maybe a vest too. I don't have a tankini that would fit at the moment.

AmandaCooper Fri 15-Mar-13 22:00:39

Also wore my vest and socks - took socks off once I was in but kept the vest on simply because it was easier keeping it on than taking it off. I had a tankini in my bag but there was no earthly way I could have changed into it!

Phineyj Fri 15-Mar-13 22:02:03

Selection of DH's tshirts (was at home & he is much larger than me)

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Fri 15-Mar-13 22:04:03

started with tshirt but got cold so took it off.
warm water was so soothing I loved it.
so totally naked by the time babes were born.

DeathMetalMum Fri 15-Mar-13 22:22:30

I only laboured in the pool. I was in and out as it slowed down my contractions. First time wore a tankini top, but second and third time I was naked. Though I also found the water did loose temprature.

PunkyPod Sat 16-Mar-13 22:43:26

Totally naked. Got in at 6cm. It's what I'd planned all along. Just go with what's comfortable.

I wore a bra, but quickly got very annoyed with it and whipped it off. By that time I was also full of gas and air so was really enjoying being naked, and spend the rest of the labour (another 3 hours) naked!

When the MW intitally checked me an arrival and discovered I was only 2cm she said 'you can out your knickers back on now', I went 'do I have to??' I really liked having no clothes on :D

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