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Only about 4 weeks until I might feasibly have my homebirth, so I'm started to prepare...

While I know that nudity is inherent in labor (and I'm hardly a shy type), I'd feel more comfortable with something to cover me for at least the first stage of labor. Last time around I labored in a hospital gown, which obviously isn't an option this time (nor would I prefer that option in any case). I don't know how comfy I'd be butt naked for hours in front of house guests, especially with all the.... stuff... that makes it's way out in the beginning of labor so I wanted something loose with, um, easy access for the majority of labor.
So I spent 6 bucks on ebay for a sarong. And since it is a sarong, I can turn it into a short skirt or dress or blanket or whatever I want. Then I had to get a black nursing bra to match. Here it is, full-length, though I'd probably tie it at half length during labor (plus a pic of me showing off my belly):

But talking to my sisters, both immediately said "well, that's cute, but that would DRIVE ME NUTS during labor". Both agree that having something wrapped around their tummy would simply not be an option. It is a sarong, which gives me a few options (like a haltery-dress), but...
So now I'm all wondering what to do. Obviously if it bugs me I'll just ditch the sarong idea, but... I don't want to be completely naked more than I have to and I also don't want to feel too frumpy. I know, I'm being picky.
Oh, and I don't have access to a sewing machine short of asking ladies at church to help out.

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I wore a short (knee length) cotton nightgown ~ I had thought about a sarong but it would have driven me nuts. I was naked for 80% of my labor, however Smile All modesty went out the window quickly when active labor hit fast and furious. I was in and out of the shower, then the tub etc etc (I had a super long labor) and would throw on a bathrobe as needed when I got chilled from being wet.

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Only about 4 weeks until I might feasibly have my homebirth, so I'm started to prepare...

While I know that nudity is inherent in labor (and I'm hardly a shy type), I'd feel more comfortable with something to cover me for at least the first stage of labor. Last time around I labored in a hospital gown, which obviously isn't an option this time (nor would I prefer that option in any case). I don't know how comfy I'd be butt naked for hours in front of house guests, especially with all the.... stuff... that makes it's way out in the beginning of labor so I wanted something loose with, um, easy access for the majority of labor.
So I spent 6 bucks on ebay for a sarong. And since it is a sarong, I can turn it into a short skirt or dress or blanket or whatever I want. Then I had to get a black nursing bra to match. Here it is, full-length, though I'd probably tie it at half length during labor (plus a pic of me showing off my belly):

But talking to my sisters, both immediately said "well, that's cute, but that would DRIVE ME NUTS during labor". Both agree that having something wrapped around their tummy would simply not be an option. It is a sarong, which gives me a few options (like a haltery-dress), but...
So now I'm all wondering what to do. Obviously if it bugs me I'll just ditch the sarong idea, but... I don't want to be completely naked more than I have to and I also don't want to feel too frumpy. I know, I'm being picky.
Oh, and I don't have access to a sewing machine short of asking ladies at church to help out.

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Yeah, what your sisters said..LOL.
Having anything touching me made me feel closed in and irritated/pissed off/antsy. By the end of the labor, all sounds, lights, and even the sound of my hubby breathing was way too much sensation for me.

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No ideas but you look so cute!!!

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Lol, that's what I was afraid of. (mindie would fit right into my very honest family:))

This may be too much TMI, but part of the reason I'm afraid of being butt-naked is... well, even right now I'm not comfy being butt naked because of everything going on down there. The amount of CM is insane, I'm consistently leaking, and if there's absolutely nothing to "catch" it, it makes a rather unpleasant mess. I don't mind the idea of mess during labor- I mind the idea of it dribbling down my legs with nothing impeding it in the slightest, all while others are watching me, for hours at a time. Unless I want to stand over a chuxx pad the entire time, I'd like at least a thin bit of fabric...

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Well I'll be the odd one out, I wore very, very lose & soft shorts (like the yoga kind) and a soft fitting shirt for most of my labor. I felt very comfortable in it and I liked that I was covered. When I got into the pool I had on a sports bra & a black lose fitting tank top. Honestly, the feel of the clothes while I labored played no part in how I felt, other than I liked that I was covered.

If I were you, I'd have a few different things that were clean & available to wear - even something like a soft, large shirt will do. That way if you didn't like one thing, you might like another & avoid being naked when your not wanting to be.

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I think that looks super comfy! I began my labor in a swimsuit in a pool and then when I got home and showered, I was in a sports bra, fitted tshirt and gaucho pants. I was very comfy since it was stretchy and not tight.

When I got to the birth center and had to be checked, I left my pants off and stripped off my shirt when I got to the birthing room. So I labored then in panties and my sports bra. After the tub, I was naked!

I think something like you have is perfect (for me) b/c I want my top covered (at first at least) and my bottom, but want my belly hanging out and not being touched. I plan on having a few options to change into if I want to. Just knowing I have options makes me feel better, you know? Smile

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"jooniper" wrote:

Lol, that's what I was afraid of. (mindie would fit right into my very honest family:))

This may be too much TMI, but part of the reason I'm afraid of being butt-naked is... well, even right now I'm not comfy being butt naked because of everything going on down there. The amount of CM is insane, I'm consistently leaking, and if there's absolutely nothing to "catch" it, it makes a rather unpleasant mess. I don't mind the idea of mess during labor- I mind the idea of it dribbling down my legs with nothing impeding it in the slightest, all while others are watching me, for hours at a time. Unless I want to stand over a chuxx pad the entire time, I'd like at least a thin bit of fabric...

A pair of panties?

My water had broken, so any stuff I did (walk around, Facebook, sit on sofa)I wore a depend.

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With all my labours I've worn a bra top of some type, a Depends and a pair of shorts. Smile Comfy without constricting my belly or bugging me.

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I agree you look very cute! I also like pp's idea of having a few options out and available so if one thing is really bothering you, you can switch easily. I hear you about the mess; I'd want something to "catch" it too. Maybe just some old panties or something?

With DS, most of the time I labored at home in my clothes- jeans and a t shirt I think. I don't remember it bothering me too much; my labor was mild enough that I wasn't sensitive to things like that. By the time it got really intense I was at the hospital and in a gown, which honestly I didn't mind because I had zero worries about ruining it. This time I'm going to the birth center and haven't thought much about it, especially when it comes to being in the jacuzzi which I fully intend on taking advantage of..

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Have you considered tying the sarong around your neck and wearing it as a dress? This allows for great comfort, room for a baby tummy and also ease going to the bathroom. No need for underwear unless you wish.

Look here at the yellow dress. This is how they were worn in West Africa when I taught there. They were also worn this way at night.
http://www.mytiesarongs.com/howto.htm

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Gardenbug: yup, that's one of the reasons I opted for a sarong, I figured there were multiple ways of wearing it depending on what I wanted.

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Cute! I still have no clue what I'll try and labor in, or even have available. Even now I find myself going to bed in boyshorts and a t-shirt and then I end up taking off the t-shirt mid sleep because I get hot... and I'm not even in labor! I really want to wear just a black spaghetti strap tank top for the sake of photos but I have a feeling I'll just be naked the whole time and I'll put a robe on to keep warm (like pp said) -- at least for the active portion of labor. For the time before I'll probably be in whatever I would normally wear PJ wise. I'll just have to be sure I keep on top of all the laundry for the next few weeks so I have choices Smile

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I love that sarong--the moon and stars design is so woman-power-y Smile

In early labor while I was at home, when I wasn't in my bathtub, I wore a regular maternity to and fuzzy pajama pants, which is also what I wore on the drive to the hospital (though it was a different shirt and pants, since I put on a different one when I got out of the tub). I was totally comfortable in pants at that point. When we got to the hospital, I changed in to my little nightgown I bought, which was knee length. I spet most of th time with it pulled up over my belly, though, because I never got off the fetal monitor once I got on it. I think the sarong would be great to have covering you in early labor and then either take it off or tie it as a dress in late labor. I seriously considered the sarong thing (I have several Tahitian paredos), and will probably do it instead of the nightgown next time.

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I labored in stretchy yoga style pants and a tank top... No thought went in to the outfit - it was what I put on when I got up in the morning Smile When things were getting closer, I took the bottoms off and was just wore the tank. It was longer, so it kept me feeling somewhat covered...

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I started out in a t-shirt and stretchy workout-type 3/4 length pants. Then I graduated to panties and the t-shirt. And shortly thereafter, I was fully nude... and yes, fully nude for HOURS lol. I was going from bed, to birth ball, to shower, to toilet, to birth tub, and back to shower, then bed, then birth tub, then toilet... and so on. So putting clothes on and off got really aggravating.

ETA: I also only had a certain amount of time in between contractions to get where I wanted to go or in the position I wanted to be in. So at that point clothes were definitely not even a thought in my mind.

ETA 2: I think I would have even transferred to the hospital fully nude too, but my mom and MW wouldn't let me lol!! I just put the stretchy pants and t-shirt back on.

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I like the sarong idea! I think the flexibility will be perfect for you--you can even just drape it around you like a blanket if you're feeling shy but are too far gone to really get dressed.

Personally, I was in and out of the tub and it's true that even though I am a very modest person and thought I'd care, my level of dress deteriorated in direct proportion to the length and intensity of my labor, ha. That said, I started out (and was in and out of for quite a while) panties and a strapless jersey dress I got at Target years ago. It's basically a black tube of jersey with elastic in the top seam, so it was super easy to get in and out of. Then at some point (I changed a lot since I was in and out of the tub several times) I started wearing a night nursing bra (basically a super soft sports bra) and panties. Then just the bra. Then I don't remember too much after that but I know DH kicked the nurses out of the room for a while because I was wandering around naked and they weren't really doing much but hovering, and he knew I didn't care at the time but would if I were in my right mind. (Good looking out, honey ;)) Then the jersey dress went back on after I was up and showered after the birth, and again it was really nice to have something so easy to get into! And then to nurse in Smile

Anyway I think the sarong is a nice idea but having several pairs of panties and a couple of comfy sports-type bras on hand as backup won't hurt anything either. Don't worry too much...I worried a lot about what to wear beforehand and soooooooooooooooooo didn't care when it came down to it!!

(oh yeah, and you are totally adorable!)

ETA: Oh yeah I just remembered I also had a super soft jersey bathrobe that would have been awesome except the one time I tried to wear it I got WAY too hot because it was July. In Arizona. BUT you won't have that problem so if you still want something else, think about going to Ross or TJ Maxx or wherever and getting a light cotton bathrobe, XL.

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You look so awesome!! Your belly is just so perfect and the sarong is really cute. I'm not sure if I would've like something like that or not. I started out in a light spaghetti strap night gown and cotton robe. I got naked as soon as things got intense (I literally tore my clothes off when they said I could get into the tub) but I didn't have an audience aside from DH and my MW and I couldn't have cared less at that point. I was actually surprised when I didn't get anything "dirty" even though my water had broken. Since you'll be at home you can always change while you're still in early labor!

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very cute! having some options might be good (I only ever labored in a hospital gown with my previous birth). with the sarong you have, though, you would be able to wear it more as a dress, therefore having a shorter skirt...that would be the only thing that would bug me...long skirt...but that is a personal preference thing.

this time around, I bought 2 things on clearance at old navy... strapless beach coverup and stretchy waist cotton skirt (of basically the same material). I figured I can wear a nursing tank or my sleeping nursing bras which are very comfy and stretchy...and would still make nursing after bith easy. we will see how the moment moves me once i am in the thick of it Wink

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Thanks so much for all the ideas (and compliments), ladies! You've given me lots of good ideas. I definitely will make sure I have a few things available and try to not put too much effort into anticipating what I'll want to wear:)

ETA: I do have a pink fluffy bathrobe (nicknamed "the fluffy") that I've bene dying to get replaced for years.... first of all, it's pink (not my style), second of all, it has a hole where the dog chewed it... That might be a good laboring option especially if I'm in and out of the tub. It's houston, so it's hard to tell if it'll be hot or cold (some days in the winter we even get snow flurries, other days you could head to the beach)

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I have been either naked (because I was asleep when labour hit), or wandering around in my bathrobe and undies with a pad on it. I wouldn't have wanted anything touching - particularly a bra!

"gardenbug" wrote:

Have you considered tying the sarong around your neck and wearing it as a dress? This allows for great comfort, room for a baby tummy and also ease going to the bathroom. No need for underwear unless you wish.

Look here at the yellow dress. This is how they were worn in West Africa when I taught there. They were also worn this way at night.
http://www.mytiesarongs.com/howto.htm

As for wearing a sarong around mu neck like that, I can't figure out how they do it. Every time I've tried it isn't long enough to tie and is wide open. Maybe all my sarongs are too short? I'm not THAT big - and many a Nigerian woman is bigger than me!

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I think I would totally wear one of these while in labor and it would be great for about any labor position. But clothing doesn't bother me through labor. I think even in my intense labor I would hate being nude but I'm really self conscious. While in transition and pushing with William a male respiratory therapist came in and I covered up what was uncovered because I felt exposed, funny enough my pushing urge went away as well.

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I think it's a great idea! With Jesse, even though labour was hard and intense, I wanted to be covered. I had two hospital gowns on (one normally, and one backwards to cover my dimply bum). I wore a sports bra in the jacuzzi. That said, it was a hospital birth...I have no idea what I'm going to do for my home birth. Probably just roll with it though. I'll likely be using the birthing pool as much as possible, so I'll probably get a tankini top or something similar.

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oooo....Love this thread! First of all, you look absolutely adorable and I love the sarong!

I've only ever labored in a hospital with a hospital gown on. This last time I was wishing so bad that they would let me be in my comfy gauchos that I had on when my water broke (so wasn't really an option cause they were at home soaking wet). I did however like that I had a gown on when going to the bathroom cause I don't think I could've gotten my pants on and off that many times especially towards the end. While I was pushing I got super hot, they pulled out a fan to put on me and put on cold wash rags but it wasn't enough and I ripped off the gown and just went on about my business in my birthday suit. It would bother me to be naked early on in labor when I still had my mind about me and I'm not a real modest person most of the time, but completely naked is a little much for me even. However, while pushing, my mind left for a while so nakedness was completely okay.

I think I would like the sarong idea maybe tied up to be a knee length skirt with a sports bra or night nursing bra. I'll have to keep this thread in mind when we plan the next one Biggrin I like all the ideas and it's interesting to hear everyone's differences on what makes them comfy or irritates them in labor.

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I think that would drive me a little nutty too. But you do look super cute!! Smile In the hospital, I started off in the gown with my bra on underneath, and was down to just my bra by the time baby was DS was born. I'm guessing for me this time it will be similar.

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It's really cute, but I"m totally one that prefers to be naked so I probably wouldn't wear it or at least not for long. Not only does the material bother me but I get extremely hot when wearing anything during labor.

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I think the sarong is a great idea and very cute! I love that it is so versatile, I think you have inspired me to find one of those for my next homebirth.

I wore a knee length cotton nightgown for my labour, although once I was in the pool, I just wore the black sports bra and nothing else. I did not find clothing bothersome at all during labour, although I seem to be in the minority there.

One thing I did like about my nightgown is that if I did end up birthing in it, I could unbutton it half way down the front to have access for skin-to-skin and immediate nursing. Biggrin

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I wore a sports bra, panties, short cotton nighty and some very loose-fitting pj pants. Once I got to the tub, I was in just the bra I think. I was only in there about 20-30 mins and spent the next 3 hours or so of labor in just the sports bra.

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First, let me say that you look super cute! The sarong is a great idea, and let me emphasize idea. I thought that I'd want to be covered while in labor (I planned a homebirth with a birth tub) because I'm pretty modest and didn't want to be all naked and leaky in front of everyone. Once labor kicked in pretty strongly (only a couple of hours after my water broke) off came the clothes and I put on a short kimono. It wasn't long before that drove me crazy because I was in and out of the shower and then in and out of the tub once it was set up and plus I was sooooo hot. Once I was into my labor, all modesty went out the window. The kimono came off and I was leaking fluid everywhere, peeing everywhere, there was bloody show floating in the tub... It was just a mess, but I really didn't care. I ended up transferring to the hospital 32 hours in and I just threw on a light robe, undies with a super dooper pad and my slippers. That all came off pretty much as soon as I was in the labor room. So, who knows how you'll feel when you're actually in labor. It will be fun to see what you ended up doing.

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I tend to prefer to be naked during labor, too (I had hospital births). I wore a hospital gown very losely (although it was often undone) and with DS1 a loose pair of underwear with a super giant pad (my water broke early). I had a sports bra during labor with DS2 because I wanted a few just born pics without my nipples in them.