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.
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 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.
Dylan 4/22/04, Devon 6/24/06,Dorothy 9/13/07, Derek 12/19/09, Daniel 12/18/10, Daphne 2/24/12
Mindie and Mark, 5/16/09
No ideas but you look so cute!!!
Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.
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...
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.
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?
With all my labours I've worn a bra top of some type, a Depends and a pair of shorts. Comfy without constricting my belly or bugging me.
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..
Jessica & Daniel