(Closed) What are you wearing when you deliver?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Bumble bee

I wore the oversized t-shirt former husband threw on me when I had my first kid; I wore a cheap sleep shirt from Old Navy the second time I gave birth. 

Post # 17
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wore the hospital gown and yes, it gets gross. Mine definitely had amniotic fluid on it, and also a bunch of gunk from them throwing her on my chest after the birth (including that wonderful first poop, thanks kid lol). I wouldn’t buy anything special for that.

Keep in mind if you’re giving birth at a hospital they will want easy access in case of an emergency, that’s probably the main reason they want you in a gown. When seconds count you don’t want them wasting time cutting off a cute outfit IMO.

I would recommend a bathrobe in case you need to walk the halls, and for when visitors come. I wore stretchy yoga pants and comfy tanks afterwards.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

As much as I don’t want to wear one, I will probably just do a hospital gown for delivery. I bought a nursing nightgown and plan to bring some comfy pants/shorts and nursing tank tops to change into after/for the remainder of our stay. I also got a cheap robe to wear over those nursing tops for a little bit more coverage in the halls and for when our parents come to visit. 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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summertime8 :  For those of you who wore the hospital gown and wanted to do direct skin-to-skin right when the baby came out, were you able to easily do that in the hospital gown?  Was it a pain to get the gown out of the way?  That was the only thing that was making me think maybe I want one of those delivery gowns that has snaps in the front for skin-to-skin as well as in the back for any medical stuff.  

Post # 20
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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n00bee :  The gown comes down easily. It’s just a tie in the back. Honestly not even sure mine was tied anymore at that point, lol.

Post # 21
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

both my deliveries, i wore the hospital gown. in the recovery room, 1st day, still hospital gown.  2nd day, yoga pants and nursing top.

i packed bare minimum to go to hospital.  actually #1, came before i was even able to pack my bag.  with #2, i packed it and realized i didn’t need much.

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I just took a robe for when I got up from bed. Labor made me vomit so looking cute wasn’t a concern.

Post # 23
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hospital gown 2x.  I wouldn’t spend money on something to get blood, fluids, or poop (baby’s, yours) on it.  My first baby pooped all over me as soon as they handed her to me.  Afterwards I brought my maternity leggings and wore those with a tank top and cardigan.

Post # 24
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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n00bee :  You just take it down?  No, it’s not complicated to pull it down. Everyone in the room just saw your baby come out so I don’t think they’ll care about your breasts lol.  Plus, they usually will put a blanket over baby to build up the warmth so really no one will see much anyway.  I also had to do skin to skin later because baby’s temp was too low and they put baby on your chest and put warm blankets to cover them up

Post # 25
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Bumble Beekeeper

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n00bee :  Honestly I don’t remember what happened with the hospital gown exactly—it’s a bit of a blur now. The one I was in during labor was just a normal hospital gown, but I had skin to skin right after my son was born (they plopped him on my chest until his umbilical cord stopped pulsating). I do know that after they changed me out of the gown I delivered in, the new gown they gave me was one that had snaps in front for nursing.

Are you taking a birthing class and/or hospital tour? You can ask the guide. At my birthing class, they told us it was part of their standard procedure to do skin to skin immediately after birth so I wasn’t concerned about not having the right gown for that (in fact it never even crossed my mind). If it’s standard procedure then they’ll find a way.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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n00bee :  We did skin-to-skin several hours after he was born. When he was delivered, he wasn’t breathing and had an infection brewing, and so was taken immediately to the NICU. I was wearing my hospital gown when I met him and was able to do skin-to-skin at that time. I think it’s important to expect nothing and know that skin-to-skin may not be possible for a variety of reasons. So having no expectations of birth is helpful. I have a super strong bond with my son even though he spent his first week in the NICU.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper

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BeeinBlush :  I wore a bikini top and a sarong. Neither was ruined (I used the sarong again a couple weeks ago) and I felt more comfortable not being fully undressed. Also I’d planned on trying a water birth and did spend some time in the tub but decided not to continue. I ditched the sarong after the tub but I think I wore a sheet all the time. I remember a nurse commenting on the bikini top, saying she hadn’t seen anyone do that before but it was a good idea. I know I live in the middle of nowhere but I’m still surprised that was a first. 

Post # 28
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Helper bee

I plan on wearing the hospital gown and a cheap sports bra for the messy bits (delivery and right after) but as someone who worked in a hospital, I plan on getting into my own clothes ASAP afterwards. I know those gowns go through industral sanitation, but I know what has been all over them from other people! And at least where I work, L&D has the same gowns as the rest of the hospital so all kinds of grossness has been on the gowns! I don’t want to wear it any longer than needed. Plus, working at the hospital means I know, professionally, basically the entire staff and will see them again, I want to avoid naked time in front of co-workers at much as possible!

I will also be buying a $5 pillow and pillowcase and bringing it with me. Hospital pillows are gross too.  

Post # 29
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Honey bee

Unless you like getting blood and fluids all over your stuff, I’d wear the actual hospital gown. I was in labor for 37 hours and did not give a crap what I was wearing during that time. Afterwards, I wore pajama pants with a nursing camisole and robe. I was comfortable but didn’t look sloppy, which made me feel better. 

Post # 30
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Busy bee

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n00bee :  the hospital gowns are mostly open on the back so they are super easy to pull down for skin to skin. 

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