Want to avoid the Hospital-issued Gown? Check out our 9 labour outfit ideas!
Your Ideal Labour Outfit
How to Find Your Ideal Labour Outfit for 2019 | The Insightful Mum
LAST UPDATED: MARCH 16, 2019
With these 9 Labour Outfit Ideas you are bound to find the perfect one for you!
So you have prepared your maternity wardrobe, everything you need for the arrival of your newborn and packed your Hospital Bag - well almost. What outfit should you be wearing during labour and birth? Below are 9 labour outfit ideas to help you decide what you want to wear during labour and delivery.
Many Mums-To-Be are wanting something comfortable for their labour experience, and at the same time, want to wear something stylish for the labour and delivery photos. Our memories are precious and the moment your little bundle of joy is born is one of the most precious moments of them all!
While other Mums-To-Be are quite happy to go into the hospital in an oversized t-shirt and tights. Comfort is everything - right? If we are going to remember something, let's make it real!
It doesn't matter what you wear, as long as you feel comfortable in the outfit - or lack there of!
While looking at our 9 Labour Outfit Ideas, consider what is important to you:
easy to take off
Also, consider the before and after birth.
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A Labour Outfit Considering Before Birth!
You will want to be comfortable during all of your contractions.
Your labour could be very long, very short or somewhere in between. You may have plenty of time to change outfits or zero time!
Think of your birth plan. For example, if you are planning on taking a bath, you will want an outfit that is easily taken on and off and have thongs (or other water appropriate shoes) to match!
A Labour Outfit Considering After Birth!
Will you be taking photos afterwards or even during? What would you like to be wearing in those photos?
On the other hand, keep in mind that comfort might be more important to you during the labour than what outfit you are wearing for your photos.
How nursing friendly is your outfit? Alternatively, are you planning to take any outfit off so you can easily have skin-to-skin contact with your baby?
Baby gooroo states that, "It is not surprising that study after study has shown a host of benefits for babies who experience skin-to-skin care (sometimes called ‘kangaroo care’) with their mothers. When babies are held naked against their mother’s skin, it is the closest they can get to being back in the warmth and security of the womb."
Okay not to jump right in but ... there will be a lot of body fluids coming out at the same time as your beautiful baby. So you might like to buy a nighty that you can toss out afterwards.
A toss out nighty means you don't have to worry about washing it, removing any stains or putting it somewhere while you are at the hospital.
TRENDY, LOOSE-FITTING NURSING NIGHTIES
You might like to get a nursing nighty that will allow you to easily breastfeed/nurse in straight away. If you are conservative like me, this might be the way to go.
I chose a cost-effective nighty to wear during labour. While I ended up taking off my nighty after birth to nurse and have skin-to-skin contact, it would have been nice to have the option of nursing while wearing a maternity nighty.
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A LARGE T-SHIRT
This could be your husbands t-shirt, one of your old t-shirts, or a large t-shirt you wore during pregnancy. This would be an item for the Mum-To-Be who wants to wear something casual.
This item can be easily taken off during and after labour. You can also choose to wear undies until the last moments! It would be difficult to nurse with this t-shirt - unless you are prepared to cut or tear the t-shirt when the time came!
AN OVERSIZED FLANNEL SHIRT
An Oversized Flannel ticks a few boxes. It is for the cost-effective, the casual and the practical Mum-to-Be.
You might even have an old flannel in your cupboard or know someone who is willing to get rid of one!
This item is practical because you can undo the buttons from the bottom to the top OR from the top to the bottom depending on where you need more open space!
Esther & Co have a stunning Kara Shirt Dress that ticks a lot of the boxes for your labour outfit!
"A classic shirt-style dress that is designed to be worn during and after pregnancy with a button down feature for nursing access. Available in cotton blue/white stripe and lightweight viscose in black and blush pink. - Shirt-style Dress - Blush pink solid colour - Three-quarter length sleeves; fold at cuff - Pocket detail above left breast - Slight raise at sides
- Suitable for maternity and breastfeeding - Can be worn as normal shirt dress after pregnancy - Can be worn with or without waist tie - 100% Viscose; soft comfortable feel"
This dress will look absolutely beautiful in your photos! You will be a Mumma in the Making - quite literally!
A BATHING SUIT
If you are planning to be in the bath tub a lot during contractions, or you are planning a water birth then a bikini or even a maternity tankini will be perfect for you!
You might even want to get your husband to wear some board shorts regardless of what you are wearing. It can get very messy! He may also get wet helping you in and out of the shower or bath.
If you prefer to have a one-piece bathing suit that you can take off before giving birth, Esther & Co have a lovely black Maternity Swimsuit!
Feel comfortable in the "Maive & Bo's Amy Maternity Swimsuit, featuring a sweet plunging neckline with frill detail. Style with a wide-brimmed hat and slides for the perfect beach-bump look!
- Black for classic look - Flattering plunging neckline - Halterneck neck tie - Clip at back of swimsuit - Side rouching for pregnancy"
Many Mum-To-Be's just wear what they were wearing when they walked into the hospital!
You can have the best labour plan and the actual labour may not go to plan! So even if you don't plan on wearing what you walked in to the hospital with, be prepared for the unexpected!
I was personally wearing some track pants from Kmart and a plain maternity top from Jeans West. I don't remember how or when but I ended up in my "cheap, toss out nighty" during the intense labour and actual birth!
Full drop-away cups provide maximum skin-to-skin contact for breastfeeding
Be at your most comfortable. Whatever makes you feel comfortable is always the best option and choosing no clothing is the most cost-effective and practical way to go!
Many Mum-To-Be's end up being completely naked at some point during labour. And many women say that in the moment it was completely natural to do so. They felt completely comfortable and happy to do so.
This option is also great for regular checks from your obstetrician or midwife, skin to skin contact with your newborn, and nursing.
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