(Closed) What are you wearing when you deliver?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
788 posts
Busy bee

I bought a special gown and robe…ended up wearing the hospital gown. 🙂 I also wore a hospital gown until I was discharged. I’m amazed at the women who can get themselves dressed and made up after labor. 

Post # 4
3526 posts
Sugar bee

This isn’t something I would worry about, or spend a lot of money on.

I recommed setting aside a comfy outfit (with clean underwear, socks and bra) for when you need to go to the hospital. I know when the time came, I was glad I could just grab what I put aside instead of rooting around for clean leggings or whatever.

I went to the hosipital in leggings and a comfy tank top/hoodie. They gave me a gown and I wore the tank top and underwear underneath. They will probably be in and out checking your cervix throughout your labour so you’ll need something with easy access. I ended up being 8cm and not progressing so they gave me some inducing drugs so before that, I went to the washroom one last time and basically got ready and ended up in just the hospital gown and my bra underneath (I hate not wearing a bra- I wore one with a clasp in the front for easy access for skin to skin/breastfeeding).

When the time comes, you won’t care how you look, and I say this as a vain person who likes to look as good as possible at all times. 

I bought myself some comfy but cute clothes to wear after- new slippers, some nice soft leggins, cute tanks from Old Navy so I would feel good but I will warn you that your clothes won’t fit that will right after so I probably wore maternity tops for 3-4 days after I delivered. 

Post # 5
93 posts
Worker bee

I wore my husband’s XXL bright orange tshirt that said Wheaties on it.  I needed my strength that day 🙂

Post # 6
3148 posts
Sugar bee

I wore a cami and bra and just had a blanket over the bottom half. I hate hospital gowns, and they come in and out so often it was annoying constantly having to pull it up and then pull it down after. So, once I got the epidural, it was bye bye hospital gown. 

After I had super loose pj bottoms (Costco!), a nursing bra and a cami. 

The only time I put on something more was when I had to go down to the ER for the blood patch. Then I wore a sports bra and yoga pants, but that was 4 days post partum, so some of the swelling below had already gone down. 

Definitely nothing tight!

Post # 7
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

I’ll probably be wearing the hospital gown for my actual delivery here in the next week or so.  I plan to bring my gigantic t shirts and basket ball shorts for  afterwards when they let me put on other clothes though. I plan to have 0 visitors other than my husband so no need to look nicer or dress up. I plan to be comfortable instead. 

Post # 8
8514 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I got this gownie (has snaps at the front that allow you to bring the top down and nurse): 

I wasn’t planning on wearing it for the actual delivery, but I thought I’d wear it in the days afterwards at the hospital. LOL NOPE. Like 

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sandiegobee : I just wore hospital gowns the entire time (and I was there 5 days).

The gownie didn’t go to waste though — I wore it to follow-up appts with my OB relating to the catheter I took home with me as a push present (🙄) since it was so easy/comfy.

I planned on making a small blanket out of it afterwards to have it always remind me of the day LO came into the world. I still plan on making that blanket, but now it’ll mainly remind me of my recovery and all that DH did for us during that time.

Post # 9
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I started in a nursing tank and harem pants, moved to a hospital gown then went naked. Once I was upright after delivery I showered then threw on a clean nursing tank some comfy shorts.

Post # 10
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2020 - La Jolla, CA

I wore the hospital gown when I delivered. I didn’t want to buy something to get it all…messy. Lol. But after, I changed comfy pajamas (button up top) and a nursing bra. Went home in yoga pants and a loose maternity shirt. Oh, and bring/buy the biggest granny panties you can find! Those pp pads are no joke lol

Post # 11
2426 posts
Buzzing bee

I was there for five nights – two nights in L&D, three in recovery from my c-section. I was in the hospital gown the first three nights and finally in a nursing nightgown of my own on the last two nights.

Post # 12
388 posts
Helper bee

I mostly wore hospital gowns while in active labor. At the end I think I was just in a bra. We stayed in the hospital for a week after due to complications and I did put on regular nursing-friendly clothes for most of that time. 

Post # 13
1789 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was in the birth tub during labour, so I was naked. Then I ended up having an emergency caesarian birth, so I was in the hospital gown. I had purchased a couple soft, easy night gowns and ended up wearing those for the rest of my stay. With flip flops.

Post # 14
595 posts
Busy bee

I wore the hospital gown during labor and delivery, it ends up with blood and fluids and stuff on it. 

Post # 15
3293 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I brought a loose black nighty from Primark to delivery in. It’s fugly as hell, but it was lightweight and had short sleves (delivered in January so was worried about being cold) I also got some button down PJs in a red tartan to wear after if I had to stay in hospital. Both things cost about £5. Didn’t end up wearing the nightie to deliver in. 

My labour went quite fast and by the time I was at hospital I was too into it to get changed. I delivered in the bra and top I had been wearing that day. Both got ruined during skin to skin as the midwives helped me out of them after the birth.

I did wear the nightie after though while we were still in hospital and then the PJs or going home. We were only in hospital for 13 hours.

You really won’t care about what you wear once you hit the business end of labour. I remember at one point after while being stitched up I was lying on my back, fully naked (no sheet or anything) with my legs in stirrups with a midwife and student midwife between my legs with a needle and thread. Thankfully I was high on gas and air so didn’t give a monkeys.

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