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May 26th, 2009, 08:14 PM
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I am planning a hospital water birth with my CNM and they told me to bring my own clothes. I am getting ready to start shopping for things for my hospital bag sometime next week and I don't know what to wear. They said I can be naked or wear whatever I want...I am not someone who likes to be naked in general, let alone in a room with someone I don't know that well, so that is out of the question for me!

They suggested a sports bra, but I can barely wear one now because it hurts soo badly, so does anyone else have any other suggestions? Just a cheap tank top is kind of what I'm leaning toward now, but I didn't know if anyone had any experience with this!

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May 26th, 2009, 09:07 PM
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Also wondering the same thing. I was thinking of wearing a bathing suit top so I can quickly remove it for breastfeeding but I'm not sure....
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May 26th, 2009, 09:43 PM
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I just wore a sports bra for both my births. It was comfortable. If you get the right one, it shouldn't make them hurt any more. In fact, it helps sometimes to have them constricted a bit.

I had a robe to wear from tub to bed for modesty's-sake but really when you get to the end you really don't care what you are or aren't wearing.

I wouldn't go with a tank top unless it has a built-in bra. If you're like me, I can't stand the feeling of my boobs rubbing on my skin (big chested here). So I wanted NOTHING to do with something that didn't keep them separated from my belly.
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May 26th, 2009, 10:00 PM
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I am bringing a maternity tank top with the built in shelf bra thing. I am definitely not that comfortable naked in front of extra random people so no thanks on the nudity until I am beyond that modesty point. I also have a robe for going between tub to bed and will be bringing several tank tops in case I get out and am uncomfy in the wet one.
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May 26th, 2009, 11:33 PM
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i am also big chested....the tank top i was thinking has a built in bra but I might have to look for other sports bras. I have several nike ones from sports and going to the gym, but they make my boobs feel like they are on fire right now!
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May 27th, 2009, 06:56 AM
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I just bought several more sports bras... but I went up a size for comfort sake. I also plan on wearing my black one so that I can wash it and reuse it without any evidence. lol
I was also thinking a tank top with a build in bra. I wouldn't invest in a swim top because I can't fit into any and sports bras are cheaper...
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May 27th, 2009, 08:06 AM
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yeah, avoid anything that will be see-through when wet!!
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May 27th, 2009, 08:33 AM
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I had some nice, light weight, baggy shirts from old navy maternity that i wore. I also had these super comfy, super stretchy pj pants from target. Even when covered in amnionic fluid from my water leaking, i refused to take them off

Once I got to the birth center, after a few hours, I did break down and put the fishnet undies and maternity pads on. I wore them with my t-shirt and regular bra. When i would walk thru the birth center and up and down the stairs, i put on a lightweight robe.

I packed with me:
1 pair of maternity shorts
1 pair pj pants (nothing that will even remotely be tight around your waist, cause those contractions will not be happy with that!)
2 old navy maternity shirts
1 bra
1 sports bra (hooks in back)
socks
2 bathrobes

for after i had a nursing tank from target and have been wearing that with my maternity shorts and a robe.
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May 27th, 2009, 09:38 AM
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To the birth center I wore stretchy cotton PJ pants and a maternity tanktop. Once I got in the tub, I took off my pants and just wore the tanktop, which was very comfortable through the birth. I ended up with my tanktop floating up over my belly, so I could have worn a sports bra with the same coverage.
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May 27th, 2009, 09:56 AM
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When I was laboring in the birthing tub (I didn't end up staying there to deliver) I just had on a sports bra. I had brought a few with me in case I wanted to change and was prepared I might get in and out of the tub. I think the suggestion of a nursing tank works well too.
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May 27th, 2009, 10:42 AM
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A built in bra tank would be perfect, and pack a few, b/c if you get out to use the bathroom you'll want a fresh tank, and a robe is essential!
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May 27th, 2009, 11:24 AM
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I was naked, but I don't care. Maybe look for the microfiber sports bras instead of the cotton. That shouldn't be as tight, but should still hold them. They may be a little more expensive, but you can always wear them to the gym later! Another option, if you are breastfeeding, would be to go ahead and get sleep nursing bras. They are like a lightweight sports bra that crosses a little in the center, so at night you can just pull it to the side to nurse baby. They run around $12-$15 at Motherhood Maternity. Maternity Sleep Bra | Motherhood Maternity
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May 27th, 2009, 12:36 PM
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I dunno how women can say that once you hit a certain point in labor you don't care about nudity, cuz I sure as heck did! lol.. I was planning to wear a sports bra if I can find a good fitting one, that's a feat in its self. Otherwise I was going to go with a swim suit top. I will probably try to wear a long t-shirt for as long as possible too and take it off when the time comes.
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May 27th, 2009, 01:16 PM
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I donno if I'm much help. With DD at the birth center I hadn't even thought about what to wear for labor, and as soon as they checked me in I was in the tub naked. Even when I had to get out because her heart rate dropped I was still naked, but I'm a nudist at heart. This time we are going to the hospital and I am going to try out my Binsi skirt and tank that I got for cheep on ebay. I'm glad you asked this because I need to plan what else to bring. I'm thinking some sort of sports/shelf bra and a bathrobe. I'll probably end up naked in the tub again... but at least I'll have something if I want it.
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