(Closed) What are you wearing when you deliver?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
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Buzzing bee

I found, in my situation, you can’t really plan for these things because anything can happen.  My baby came a couple of weeks early and the day I went into labor, I did not know I was in labor. Things escalated to the point where I had to be taken to the hospital suddenly – I was in yoga pants and a t-shirt, but had to take everything off and put on the oversized hospital gown when I arrived. Try as I might, there was nothing glamorous or appealing about the way I looked during delivery!  I was in the hospital for almost a week after recovering and was in hospital gowns the whole time. The only day I wore something remotely nice and comfy was the day they let me leave to go home.

Post # 32
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

I think the more you plan stuff like this, the more you’re going to get stressed out when things ultimately don’t go according to plan. And the one thing I’ve realized as a new mom is that nothing goes according to plan. 

I gave birth in a hospital gown. I was so incredibly uncomfortable in labor that an itchy hospital gown wasn’t going to make or break anything. And actually I didn’t think the gown was bad at all. After a few hours of active labor I had to have an emergency c-section anyway, so no matter what I wouldn’t have been able to wear anything but a hospital gown. Then after birth I was so weak/out of it/in pain/exhausted that you couldn’t have paid me to try to change out of that gown! I spent the next 24 hours in it and then when I was finally able to stand up and shuffle over to the bathroom without falling down, I changed into the nursing nightgown that I brought with me. 

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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sandiegobee :  Thanks everyone!  I’ve only been in a hospital gown once years ago and only remember it getting all bunched up around my neck.  Sounds pretty simple though, and like PPs have suggested, who the hell knows what you’ll want on your body and what situation you’ll be in once the time comes.

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I came to the hospital in some old joggers and a maternity tee with side ruching and pretty much stayed in hospital gowns until my discharge. 

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I delivered both of my little ones in hospital gowns, but as soon as I was feeling up to showering and changing I changed into clothes I’d brought from home, either maternity yoga pants or leggings and a maternity t shirt.  It made a huge difference – felt good to be clean and dressed.  Made me a feel a bit more human! 

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

On the way to the hospital, I wore the outfit I had planned for discharge- yoga pants, a maternity shirt, and a zip-up hoodie. During labor I wore a sports bra and the hospital gown. When I got in the tub and shower, I changed into my bikini top, but didn’t want to be wet, so when I got out I put the sports bra back on. While pushing I was so hot that I took off the gown and only wore my sports bra. It didn’t get gross after they put baby on it, so I guess I got lucky with that. That night they gave me a brand new hospital gown, and the next morning I showered and put on pj pants and a nursing t-shirt so I could feel like a human. Nothing super special.

Post # 37
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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BeeinBlush :  I planned on wearing my own robe. I ended up in just a bra because (a) I was super hot and (b) the baby came super fast and by the time we made it to the hospital all I could manage was to rip off the dress I was wearing and get to pushing lol. 

Once you hit transition you won’t care what you’re wearing (or not) so I wouldn’t stress about it too much. 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee

I suspect you will wear a hospital gown for the actual labour and delivery. It’s a messy business and to be honest, by the time you are at that point you won’t care what you are wearing! 

After delivery you will care again but you are still going to be bleeding quite heavily so there’s that….

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I’m due with my first in early July and, to be honest, I hadn’t even thought about my hospital bag or anything until I saw this post lol.

I guess I always thought I’d just wear a hospital gown for the delivery. I’ve been getting really hot throughout my pregnancy, so I might get a cheap sports bra/maternity bra that I can wear underneath in case I need to take the gown off too (one that I don’t mind throwing away). I plan to take maternity leggings or pyjama pants and nursing tops with me to wear for the duration of my hospital stay (it’s standard practice where I’m from for you to be in for about 3 days when it’s your first baby – I’d like to stay less but we’ll see how we go) and for discharge. I really dislike hospital so don’t want to be in a gown for any longer than I need to be.

Post # 40
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I ended up in my hospital gown, but I do like the idea of a cute delivery gown such as the ones suggested. However, no matter what you wear, it will be the last thing on your mind at the time. 

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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BeeinBlush :  I had a stat c-section before I went into active labor, so I was just in the hospital gown. But even after I didn’t want to put OB anything but the gown for at least 24 hours postpartum. I totally underestimated how uncomfortable I would be during the whole process. I couldn’t have cared less what I looked like, even when going down to the NICU and being around tons of people. On the second day pp I was able to put on very soft yoga pants and a maternity t-shirt for a little while, but honestly even that was super uncomfortable and I wished I had stayed in the gown.  

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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BeeinBlush :  honestly? You might just end up wearing nothing lol. Depends how things go…. if they need to put a belly monitor on you?? Etc… my doula told me not to wear anything that I wouldn’t mind having a nurse cut off me if needed so ya. 

I brought a thin comfy floral pull on robe but never put it on 🤷🏼‍♀️ I know I started out wearing this cheap “do up at the back” workout bra I bought specifically for labor but I know that ended up having to come off and I was just covered in the hospital gown

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I had the hospital gown on during all of my labour and delivery with my son and the only thing I’ll do differently this time is that I’ll remove my sport bra! 

When I came into the delivery ward after my water broke they just gave me a gown (I came straight from the Dr’s office because my water broke there and then my mom brought me my hospital bag). I took all of my clothes off except my sport bra. They put an IV and eventually epidural and I was stucked with the bra. It was very incomfortable but I never thought of taking it off. In the end I was so hot I took the gown off and was left in my bra but as soon as my son was born I had to take the bra off and it was hanging off the IV line lol. So next time I will be butt naked under the gown!

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I gave birth to my daughter in August when it was very hot outside.  I wished I brought a warm blanket and warm socks.  The air conditioning was blasting in my room and it was freezing.  I came in wearing flip flops so I had no socks.  The hospital socks/blankets are not good.  Also, I wish I had purchased Depends.  My water broke early and I was soaking wet with fluid and meconium for 22 hours.  I wished I was warm(er) and dry(er) the entire time.  Save the cute outfits for afterward.  Though there is a good chance you will bleed through your clothing regardless, just fyi.

Post # 45
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Blushing bee

Hospital gown and even then it was barely on! I think it was untied by the time I started pushing so I could pull it down for skin to skin. I did have a sheet over me though to keep me warm. Save the cute outfits for after, though maybe find something that has dark, comfy yet supportive bottoms xD so maybe a button down or nursing top with leggings! 

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