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Readers Respond: What will you wear when it's time to have a baby?

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Updated September 04, 2009

Hospital gowns. Certainly they aren't fashionable. But they are also not comfortable. They crunch. They are too big, too small and open in all the wrong places. But what's a laboring mom to wear? When it comes time to give birth, what will you be wearing? Something of your own? Something you bought for labor? A baby shower gift of a fancy maternity gown? Will you be naked? Maybe a t-shirt is your style? Share Your Ideas

home birth

If you are at home. Where what you a comfortable in. Which includes nothing.
—Guest Hannahrose

Hospital Gowns

I hate the hospital gowns , to me it's not all about the cleanliness of the gown it's that they are foreign and uncomfortable. Bad enough I can't deliver at home so I want to at least wear something to remind me of home. I bring my own pillows , gown for delivery and afterwords , I bring my blankets as well for after. Hate the feeling of the hospital and that weird smell. Good luck to all the mommas no matter what you decide to do but know you have a choice and you don't have to be stuck wearing a gross and uncomfortable gown.
—Guest Momma Medina

Why not?? actually really nice!

My last delivery I surprised myself, buying a gown, but so glad I did. It didn't occur to me with the 1st two but truly things were soo much more civilized and pleasant w/ my own cozy gown (hospitals are cold!). The one I found was accessible (nurses loved it) and easy (closed back, easy to dress) and not cheesy w/ a lot of pattern and ribbon going on, just really *nice* I actually continued to use it all thru nursing my son long after the hospital so I more than got my money's worth. in fact after I was done nursing (at 9 mos) my hubby was asking me why I was still wearing the pjs (I got both gown and shirt/pant set), they're that comfy! LOL. So I put them away which is a good thing bc we are having one last baby in a month and I'll be happy to pull them back out for a more 'relaxed' delivery, cute pics at the hospital and easy nursing afterwards. I really don't know why more people don't use these? Mine were called curasanas and I'm pretty sure they had a website. good luck!
—CFrancesca

an opinion

Nobody ever said giving birth was easy, but there are certainly a lot of parts people like to leave out when discussing it. The good news is that even though you will dread these things when you're in the thick of them, they will indeed become a distant memory. And the best news is that every single ounce of pain and discomfort is so worth it every time you hold your baby. And that's why so many of us do it over again!
—ahmedhafiz

Over reacting to hospital gown...

I don't think I'm over reacting to thinking that the hospital gown is gross and unsanitary. Think of it this way...would you wear used panties? Even though the panties were washed, etc? Or how about a bed that a person was murdered in and had tons of blood, but was "washed" and "sanitized". Would you? Hospitals are breeding grounds for germs!
—Guest Jamie

Being Comfortable is Great

I see that some of you think this is about fashion. It is not. The hospital has many constrictions (The IV, The hospital gown, the Belly Monitor, No Eating, etc.). Being uncomfortable during labor definitely leads to discomfort and having labor slow down. So to resolve this issue, instead of finding ways to make the woman more comfortable, they routinely administer drugs to the pregnant women and unborn infant which can lead to sticking a needle in her back which could possible paralyze the woman for life for the epidural or slicing her open because she "can't" deliver the baby or the baby is under stress because the hospital was too stressful or uncomfortable for the mother to relax enough to have her baby naturally. I hope that has given you all a little more information on this important issue.
—Guest Christy

Comfort and ease, who cares, maybe naked

I am being induced in less than 6 days and have packed nothing. Baby may come before then. Keeping it simple! I will wear the hospital gown, shower, and hope to wear my new black nursing nightie. Maybe I will, maybe I won't.....going with what I feel like it. Hey, dont we deserve that ? :)
—Guest Lori

Laboring women wear what they please

Psshhh. Hospital gowns are unstylish? So is everything about labor and the first two months of being a mom. I was just glad not to have to do any of that laundry. I wore that gown for my entire hospital stay. Let them wash the milk and assorted bodily fluids out of the linens. It's a small but important form of pampering to be taken care of like that. The gowns are also practical. They give good access for breastfeeding, and one size fits all. I just hadn't even known what size clothing to buy for postpartum when I was pregnant with my first. This pregnancy, though, I'm hoping to deliver at a birth center, which means no gowns. I'll bring a few comfortable options including nursing nighties, but if it's anything like my first birth, I'll probably spend a good deal of time naked in the tub. That felt very soothing in my first labor. Hormones take you from sweltering to shivering in seconds during labor, so be prepared to mix it up between nudity and cozy warm blankets.
—Guest KateC

No time for fashion!

Never thought about that, but I'd rather not be totally naked! I think I'll go for the gown during labor and birth, and then I'll get into an outfit of my own for the hospital stay. It's no time for fashion worries!
—Guest Raya

Who knew this was such a huge topic

I plan on wearing the hospital gown for delivery then changing into a t-shirt since staff and dr. will most likely want to check you after the baby is born "easy access." Then the next day I'll throw on some sweats and a shirt until I am able to go home. But like most people said your typically only in the gown for delivery and can change right after.
—Guest bebelove

Thought I didn't care, but I did

Wearing an alternative to a standard issue gown isn't necessarily about vanity (but if you want to look good, good for you). I thought I didn't care about wearing the gown, but ended up feeling trapped - between the IV, the monitors, the rails on the bed, the people crowded around me...the gown was just one more thing to make it hard for me to get up and move around where I was most comfortable. Also could not picture trying alternative positions (like squatting) for pushing so ended up lying on my back the whole time. Needless to say, could not push the baby out and they had to cut me to get him out. I'm not saying that's the fault of the gown! Just that I found it to be way worse than I imagined. Next time I'll do something that's 2 piece - a sports type bra and some kind of under the belly skirt. Hopefully something I can put together myself so I can toss it if it gets yucky!
—Guest cate

I wore the hospital gown and it sucked

I went into preterm labor on Halloween morning, was admitted and was wearing a very uncomfortable hospital gown for 4 days... it got stuck under me, it pulled on my neck and choked me, it didn't cover my bottom, etc. So I found out that I could order a hospital gown on ebay that was specifically made for labor and delivery. I ordered one and I pray it will get here before my baby does! I also ordered one for after that is pink with polka dots that is made like a hospital gown but more custom. They weren't that expensive & to me the additional comfort is worth the price!!! The labor and delivery one was called "pretty pushers". I have 2 other kids, and I really hated how uncomfortable the gowns were, and I hope this time it will be different.
—Guest Dee

Modesty's all gone...

With my first I didn't have any medication to dull the pain, I ended up naked and really didn't care. Childbirth, for me at least, just caused all modesty to go out the window. I imagine the same will happen with this one.
—Guest Jen

Both!

I will wear a hospital gown for labor and bring a one from home for afterwards, just so I can be a little more comfortable. :)
—Guest Bertha E. Reyes

Hospital wear

I just want to be comfortable and have a healthy baby. It's no fashion show for me.
—Guest Natalie

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