Wearing own clothes during labor?

I know medussa posted that she planned to wear a nursing tank and a comfy skirt during labor/delivery instead of a hospital gown. I'm considering doing the same thing, but can't make up my mind. Here are my questions/concerns:

If I do wear a black nursing tank and skirt, will they come clean in the regular washer/dryer afterwards or should I plan to just toss them? Not a big deal either way, just wondering.

The hospital I'm delivering at routinely places the baby skin-to-skin on the mother's abdomen immediately following birth, which I'm really happy about. I'd like to have my whole front area open so that the baby can easily go from my abdomen to my breast, as I want to attempt breastfeeding right away. I was thinking, if I do hospital gowns, I can wear one backwards (opening in front) and then one forwards (opening in back) on top. Then after the delivery, I can slide up the top gown over my belly when they place the baby on my abdomen, and just remove the top gown altogether when I'm ready to nurse. If I wear the tank/skirt combo, I can just pull up my tank over my belly below my chest, and then unhook it when I'm ready to nurse. This would probably still work, but wouldn't be as "open".

Any suggestions/opinions? Thanks!
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
I know medussa posted that she planned to wear a nursing tank and a comfy skirt during labor/delivery instead of a hospital gown. I'm considering doing the same thing, but can't make up my mind. Here are my questions/concerns:

If I do wear a black nursing tank and skirt, will they come clean in the regular washer/dryer afterwards or should I plan to just toss them? Not a big deal either way, just wondering.
Originally Posted by PixieCurl
Yes. My daughter had a lot of vernix on her, so I had quite a bit of that waxy white stuff on my tank and skirt. It came out of the tank in the wash, but I had to do a hand wash for the skirt.
Yes. My daughter had a lot of vernix on her, so I had quite a bit of that waxy white stuff on my tank and skirt. It came out of the tank in the wash, but I had to do a hand wash for the skirt.
Originally Posted by medussa
Thanks medussa! I was hoping you'd chime in

What do you think of my concerns about the breastfeeding? Silly?
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
All body fluids wash out...just use cold water. When baby is born, it's really not that hard to just strip off whatever you have on top. It's kind of an instinctual thing to do anyway.
I never bothered with wearing my own clothes for labor and delivery with my hospital births. I wore my own for recovery though. I felt better in my own PJ's and underwear. I hated the mesh panties they give you. I much preferred my own pads and maternity underwear. If you get blood on something, you can use peroxide to get it out(which is what we did at my home birth).
Thanks for the replies. I do think I'll plan on wearing my own clothes for everything. If I change my mind, the gowns are there if I need them.

IC - I definitely will be bringing my own pads and undies, as well as clothes to wear for recovery. In fact, I got a few extra pairs of solid black boyshorts today so I don't have to worry about messing up any of my nicer undies (one of the baby sites where I read a "what to pack" list said not to bring underwear you don't want ruined).
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Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
I hated the mesh panties they give you.
Originally Posted by internetchick
:gasp: The mesh panties rocked! I still have some.


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I hated the mesh panties they give you.
Originally Posted by internetchick
:gasp: The mesh panties rocked! I still have some.
Originally Posted by DarkAngel
I liked the mesh panties. They're, like, one size fits all.

Is there a place I can buy some?
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The hospital where I delivered had tubs that you could labor in, so you may want to bring along extra tops. I labored in the tub nude but that was only because it was poor planning on my part. I would have prefered a tank or sports bra or something.

Also, if you do hospital gowns, they have some with slits in the front for breastfeeding, then you can wear your own robe over it. Or one of theirs, whatever.

You guys must be getting so excited!
I was planning on doing this, but I was also planning on having the week after my due date to get the stuff, so I was unprepared when labour hit! As it turned out, wearing the hospital gown wasn't a big deal to me even being the fashionista that I am! I bled through several of them and was kind of glad it wasn't my clothes - and the gown was easy to open for skin to skin contact and nursing. I was too preoccupied to really think about what I was wearing or how I looked in pictures. However, go for it if it is a big thing for you! I may do it with #2 and see if I feel any different. I agree that something with easy access to the chest would be good.
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I hated the mesh panties they give you.
Originally Posted by internetchick
:gasp: The mesh panties rocked! I still have some.
Originally Posted by DarkAngel
They never stayed up over my ass. They were rectangle shaped too, which made them just plain awkward to wear.
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I hated the mesh panties they give you.
Originally Posted by internetchick
:gasp: The mesh panties rocked! I still have some.
Originally Posted by DarkAngel
I liked the mesh panties. They're, like, one size fits all.

Is there a place I can buy some?
Originally Posted by Po

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I still have mine, too! hahaha
with my first son the hospital gown was driving me nuts while pushing so I ended up ripping it off and just going naked....those poor nurses







I really wanted to wear my own clothes, when push came to shove, i was much more comfortable in the gown during actual delivery. I did wear my own clothes until my water broke, and then i changed into the hospital gown. This way it was one less thing for me to clean when i got home.

Right after delivery i changed (within 1hour) into something i was more comfotable in (a nursing tank and boy shorts with a robe) and i had lounge pants i could throw on if i wanted more coverage (and when i left)
The clothes were the last thing on my mind. I wore two hospital gowns, one open in back the other open in front. Then I got naked and went into the bathtub and stayed naked while I delivered. At that point I just did not notice or care what I was wearing. Two clean hospital gowns afterwards. I went home that same day, so I did not bother changing till I was ready to leave.
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I would have to agree with everyone in that the last thing you are thinking of is what you are wearing and belive me the most comfortable thing to wear is nothing. You will bleed through your clothes, When they broke my water it was all over the place. Also wering the hospital gowns after delivery made going to the bathroom very easy. you don't have to worry about pulling things up or down.
With my first two births I had a problem with the multiple gown wrap thingy they do, to keep you well covered (one open at the back and the other open to the front). Just too many dang layers. Plus they were a little too big and kept falling off my shoulders. The tank and skirt were way more comfy for me. I was on a birthing ball, on all fours and running back and forth to the toilet. The skirt never got in the way, I just lifted it up. And this may sound weird but I love wearing the skirt and top I gave birth to my daughter in.

Wear what you want to birth in. If you get to the hospital and change your mind, the gowns will be there.

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