OK…if you read the title of this post you’re probably thinking that I’m completely vain. “Who thinks about what they’re wearing when they’re pushing a baby out of their vagina???” While it’s true I might be a bit vain at times, I am not writing this post from the standpoint of vanity. I am writing this from the perspective of someone won’t be birthing in a hospital (hence no standard issue gown). To help me with my dilemma, I googled “What to wear while birthing” and the answer that came up time and again was basically to just wear your birthday suit.
This might sound fabulously freeing to some, but it sounds terrible to me, since I happen to be incredibly modest. I’m that girl that would never change outside of the bathroom stall at the public pool and in college my roommates used to tease me that I was a “Never-Nude” (if you’re a fan of the show “Arrested Development” you may recall this reference). Call me crazy, but I just like being clothed. Lounging around my house naked in no way appeals to me. And hanging out in awkward birthing positions in the buff? Cruel and unusual punishment.
I need to wear something, but it needs to be comfortable, non-restrictive, able to be worn in a birthing tub and it needs to be cheap, since I’m sure I won’t want to ever wear it again after the mess that’s about to get on it. Here are some “wardrobe options” I’ve come up with to keep me clothed and comfortable during labor. See them after the jump!
What did you wear to birth in?
Standard issue gown? Or something you brought from home?
Since I’m a first time mama-to-be I’d love your feedback on the practicality of these birthing outfits – what would you suggest?