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What did you wear to give birth?

(58 Posts)
Littleelffriend Thu 24-Mar-16 11:14:54

I'm planning my birth in hospital, fairly standard, but don't know what to pack to give birth in? I may end up in the birthing pool, but may not and I am clueless. Help!

Watto1 Thu 24-Mar-16 11:16:29

An old t-shirt that I was happy to chuck in the bin afterwards. It can be a messy business!

Dumdiddlydum Thu 24-Mar-16 11:18:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Mookbark Thu 24-Mar-16 11:19:55

Nothing! I got very hot during all my labours and whilst I started off in one of DHs T shirts, that was quickly tossed aside. The midwives did seem to want me to get clothes back on, but I had other priorities. grin

Augustwedding Thu 24-Mar-16 11:20:48

Hospital gown bit I had packed a nightie

Starspread Thu 24-Mar-16 11:25:48

Nothing while at home - got transferred in to hospital and was in a hospital gown then.

geekaMaxima Thu 24-Mar-16 11:26:54

A comfy sleep bra, worn in the birth pool. It was also a bf bra so popped DS on the boob shortly after he was born, without getting out of the pool.

strawberrypenguin Thu 24-Mar-16 11:28:25

Pyjama tshirt (quite baggy also thin!) planning on wearing the same one this time too!

murphyslaws Thu 24-Mar-16 11:29:33

Night shirt. Happy to chuck away. Loose and comfy.

juniperdingleberries Thu 24-Mar-16 11:31:11

I had some lovely loose trousers and a stretchy vest top dress (which fitted as a top over huge bump) and flip flops, all from primark. String bikini for the pool, and a maternity nightie in case I needed to stay in, which I did.

DragonboysMum Thu 24-Mar-16 11:33:18

Things were very quick (delivered less than 10 mins after arriving) so was still wearing the clothes I'd arrived in. Got a bee in my bonnet about them though as was far too hot and uncomfortable so DP had to literally rip them off me in between pushes! blush

Littleelffriend Thu 24-Mar-16 11:39:44

Thank you all, I think I'm over thinking everything. It's my first and I'm pretty sure what I'm wearing will be the last thing I'm thinking about when the time comes!

ToastyMcToastface Thu 24-Mar-16 11:40:52

Hospital gown for first one (induced), nowt for the next two (home water births).

Scattymere Thu 24-Mar-16 11:44:06

OP- finally did my hospital bag for Dc2 yesterday and found this lovely nightie/oversize t-shirt in Matalan- I wore similar for Dc1 birth as means you can happily walk around without pants on but not showing anything and be really comfy. Its pale pink polka dots and super soft-


Scattymere Thu 24-Mar-16 11:45:09

Sorry actually was this 1!

(got a size large and fits perfectly over bump, am a size 10/12 normally)

Xmasbaby11 Thu 24-Mar-16 11:49:00

I was in labour in hospital for 15 hours. I did take in a nightie but think I ended up in gown. For some reason i kept my socks on and can remember seeing my feet in stirrups with ridiculous Xmas socks on!

mumhum Thu 24-Mar-16 11:54:50

Hospital gown, no need to mess up anything else! Pack a nightie (dark coloured, stains still probable) so you can feel fresh and clean after a shower. Also pack some slippers.

AppleyName Thu 24-Mar-16 11:57:37

I was wearing a stretchy dress thing but I remember halfway through taking it off and throwing it across the room. Then i stayed naked until they put a gown on me to go into theatre.

YesILikeItToo Thu 24-Mar-16 12:01:48

Our antenatal group teacher told us to wear one of our husband's old shirts. So that's what I did. I'm very much a goody two shoes.

Onsera3 Thu 24-Mar-16 12:03:32

Both times I wore a stretchy black dress with crossover neckline that would allow breastfeeding easily. Put yoga trousers underneath and slippers plus cardigan to go to hospital.

Went naked in pool. I'd packed s bikini but didn't get there til 7cm so was past caring about putting on.

Second time stayed home so just wore the dress. Peeled it off and put on black robe once able to get up.

Ughnotagain Thu 24-Mar-16 12:04:11

Nothing! grin I ended up in the birthing pool but hadn't planned to.

I did take a nightie with me but I only wore it for a few minutes. Even "on land" I was too hot. I think the odd times I got a bit chilly I wrapped a towel round me.

Roseberrry Thu 24-Mar-16 12:06:30

A sleep bra and huge knickers for the first one, nothing for my second.

Just pack a comfy t shirt, you'll be fine smile

Strokethefurrywall Thu 24-Mar-16 12:09:50

Labored naked because I was in the bath in the room, then someone thought about my dignity (I sure wasn't!) and chucked a hospital gown on me.
Second time gown

Stylingwax Thu 24-Mar-16 12:10:33

Planned to wear DP's old shirt for the first, waters broke massively all over it so ended up in DP's spare top (football shirt).
Second was Sports bra and sports shorts till the last minute.

FeckOfffCup Thu 24-Mar-16 12:15:49

I had a cheap sports bra/crop top thing while I was in the birthing pool and when I got out I put on an old baggy sleeveless dress.
You just want something thin, loose and comfortable

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