Many women aren’t sure what to wear during labor – they’re worried about modesty, comfort and whether what they choose to labor in is ‘normal.’
The truth is, there is no normal when it comes to what you wear during labor. So choose what you’re happy with and remember that you may change your mind when you’re actually in the middle of it. Here are some of the more common options women choose.
A Hospital Gown
Some women aren’t too picky about what they wear in labor and don’t really see the need to have a special outfit. If this is you, check with your hospital whether you can just use one of their gowns once you arrive at the hospital.
A Custom Labor Gown
Some women want to bring their own clothes but also don’t want to have to worry about cleaning, removing and changing with clothes that may not give the best access for birth. Custom labor gowns are designed to be disposable, easy for medical staff to check you and easy to remove and put back on. Check out some Custom Labor Gowns
Your Own Clothes
If you’re more comfortable in your own clothes, go ahead and wear something. Just keep in mind:
- They should be clothes you don’t mind having blood, mucous or discharge on.
- They should be loose and comfortable with easy access, such as a dress.
- They should be easy to remove.
- They should be easy to pull down for breastfeeding, if you plan to breastfeed after birth.
A Bikini Top
Some women are fine with their lower half being nude but want to keep some modesty during the process – a bikini top is small enough not to get in the way while still giving some modesty during labor. It’s also a great choice if you’re planning a waterbirth or shower birth.
If you’re comfortable with your body (or past the point of caring) going naked is a great way to birth. You don’t have to worry about the constraints of clothing or stripping off during checks. If you get cold, nurses will usually supply you a blanket, or you can redress if you want to leave the birthing suite or don’t feel comfortable. Remember that it’s your legal right to refuse any procedure or attendant that you don’t want with you, so if you want to labor nude but without lots of strangers around, let your doctor or midwife know that you would like only one or two people in the room at a time.