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.