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What did you wear during labour? I have crossed the Rubicon of Things To Obsess About.

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Tortoiseonthehalfshell Mon 10-Oct-11 12:52:45

Last time I think I was just wearing a long skirt, mostly, until the last bit where I was...not wearing a long skirt. This time it is a home birth and for some reason I am consumed with anxiety that I have Nothing Suitable To Wear.

I know I'm an idiot, but let's assume I do not want to wander around in the nuddy, what does one wear?

AngryGnome Mon 10-Oct-11 12:57:05

Primark nightdresses - very cheap, so get lots so you can repeatedly throw them off and put nice clean ones on!

FeelMyWraith Mon 10-Oct-11 12:57:16

DD- attempted homebirth so wore a maternity tankini in the pool. Post transfer to hospital wore a hospital gown in prep for theatre

DS- In hospital, pretty nightdress with button front (for skin to skin/bfing). Changed out of that after 38hrs into a hospital gown in prep for theatre

I'm rather crap at giving birth.

FeelMyWraith Mon 10-Oct-11 12:57:53

My really pretty nightdress was from Primark! I bought several for postnatal use. Only cost a couple of pounds each.

mrsravelstein Mon 10-Oct-11 12:59:22

i did 42 hours at home with ds2, i think i wore various pairs of trackie and pj bottoms throughout most of it

notnowbernard Mon 10-Oct-11 12:59:55

vest and pants?

mousyfledermaus Mon 10-Oct-11 13:02:57

first one hospital nightie
second one nothing, couldn't stand anything on my skin for some reason

thistlemuncher Mon 10-Oct-11 13:03:05

I think I was wearing nothing confused I was in water, I know I put a top in my bag ready to wear (a vest type thing and a bikini top) but I don't remember if they made it out of the bag.

iskra Mon 10-Oct-11 13:04:57

I wore my dressing gown (which is dark, old and I hate!) until I felt too hot & threw it off. Homebirth.

RhinestoneCowgirl Mon 10-Oct-11 13:05:50

gert big old t-shirt...

Forester Mon 10-Oct-11 13:07:13

I wore one of my cheap (black!) jersey material maternity dresses. I hadn't planned to wear it but never got round to changing - it actually it worked well.

mistressploppy Mon 10-Oct-11 13:09:07

Humph. I was in my work clothes (dress). Little so-and-so was a month early and arrived in a hurry grin

bagelmonkey Mon 10-Oct-11 13:09:10

A big cheap t-shirt.

Nearlycooked Mon 10-Oct-11 13:45:46

I am a renound rejector of anything designer and my best friend is a designer addict - why buy a t-shirt from Dune when you can get the same from George for a couple of quid??? I spied a Vera Wang jersey night dress in T K Maxx for £10 and could not resist - my pal will be my birthing partner and I can't wait to see her face when I waft out in 'designer' to give birth in!!! lol!

TheBride Mon 10-Oct-11 13:51:13

Early labour- Tesco tracksuit bottoms and a vest top

Late labour - Hospital gown and knickers until the pushing stage, then just the gown.

MadameJ Mon 10-Oct-11 14:27:28

I was in a really nice expensive dress as I was at a christmas party and DD decided she also wanted to attend - 6 bloody weeks early hmm. I looked even sexier later on as my feet were cold and I made DH give me his socks (this was the least he could do for me!!!!)

Highlander01 Mon 10-Oct-11 18:18:16

Primark Primark Primark! Bought 2 nightdresses with buttons down the front for BFing. The one I wore during labour didn't even make it out of delivery suite, but they only cost about £4 each. Also ended up with wooly socks on for the whole event that my MIL had knitted for me, not a good look and covered them in blood when DD popped out! smile

wompoopigeon Mon 10-Oct-11 18:26:41

First sign of labour for me was urge to rip all clothes off.
I'm expecting the same with DC2.

SjuperWereWolef Mon 10-Oct-11 18:30:20

i had a lovely nightie given to me to wear but when i got to hospital i wouldnt get out my comfy t-shirt, at all. one of my many refusals during that labour petulant wee shite i am i did take my bra off and my knickers eventually..

i have a nice nightie for this time too but have a funny feeling it'll be a comfy t-shirt again grin

MrsBloodyTroll Mon 10-Oct-11 18:37:54

Am ashamed to say that I bought myself one of those Womama birthing wraps. It did what it said it would, preserved my modesty enough but gave midwife easy access for heartbeat monitoring and easy skin-to-skin after the birth.

But possibly one of my worst cost-per-wear purchases...unless I can sell it on eBay and recoup some of the money!

ramblingmum Mon 10-Oct-11 22:51:13

Primak nightshirt and then nothing. I am normally a modest sole and don't even own a bikini but just got hot and diddnt seem to care.

piprabbit Mon 10-Oct-11 23:00:05

First time round I had a long jersey nightie I disliked and hoped to be rid of. But I started obsessing and thinking it was too long and I would get myself tangled in it. I also felt my bump was growing more and more huge. So I chopped a few inches off the bottom of the nightie and then used that material to insert gussety things into the side seams so it was more spacious hmm.

I think this was the downside to nesting blush, caused by an over long period of leave before the baby arrived.

In the end I had to wear a hospital gown.
Second time around I wasn't wearing a long skirt either.

elliejjtiny Tue 11-Oct-11 11:36:51

DS1 - I started off in an old t-shirt of DH's and maternity jogging bottoms. Then when I got in the pool I ditched the trousers.

DS2 - After 4 days without waters and niggling I didn't dare hope I was actually in labour so I was still wearing my favourite maternity nightie that I'd slept in the night before when the community midwife said I was 4cm but with meconium in waters (what was left of them) so I needed to get to hospital in an ambulance. DH found my bright pink dressing gown that I'd bought from primark so that I could bleed over it postnatally so I wore that with my nightie until DH wrestled me out of my dressing gown at the hospital so the midwife could get the monitor on. By some miracle the nightie didn't get any blood on at all.

DS3 - I put a lot of thought into what I was going to wear. When I went in to be induced I was wearing a tunic top and combat trousers with pockets on the leg which I later discovered were perfect for putting the tens machine in when I was pacing up and down the corridors. When I got to the delivery room I had to take my trousers and knickers off tio be examined and I didn't bother putting my trousers back on. I had a rugby shirt of DH's in my bag so I changed into that a bit later (I wanted long sleeves because I was worried about my arms looking fat! Bit daft really when my bum was on full view!) I also had some knee legth stripey socks but I didn't bother with them and my dreesing gown for when I needed the loo.

milkysmum Tue 11-Oct-11 11:42:29

cheapy button front nighty from matalan a couple of sizes too big- very comfy and very practical for skin to skin/ breast feeding after birth

mumwithdice Tue 11-Oct-11 13:05:05

As others have said, nothing at all. I couldn't bear the feeling of anything on my skin and I found it easier to move about.

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