What should I wear to give birth in?

September 14, 2018

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), a higher percentage of babies are born in September and early October than in any other month in the year. If this is your first pregnancy you're probably confused and overwhelmed by the thought of giving birth. Planning in advance can take some of the tension away and being fully prepared encourages relaxation and in turn a smoother labour.

Don't forget to pack something comfortable in your hospital bag to wear during labour.

And yes it might seem silly to think about what you're going to wear when giving birth (because will you even care when you're doubled over with the pain of contractions?) but it can help you to feel better prepared and in control of the situation from the outset.

The truth is you can wear anything you like during labour and birth but many women opt for something soft and comfortable. From a pair of comfy sweatpants and a T-shirt to a longline nightdress, anything goes. 

A knee-length top alone can be ideal because it's loose, covers you up and allows the midwife easy access for examinations. Plus, it means you can walk around the ward corridors, if you feel up to it, without feeling self-conscious.

For those of you who are opting for a water birth you'll need a swimsuit/bikini or a T-shirt you can wear while you're in the pool. Also, pack another outfit in case you want to dry off and give birth outside of the water.

Whatever you choose to wear, bear in mind that birth is messy. You might like to wear something cheap that you can throw away afterwards or opt for a dark-coloured outfit that's less likely to stain and you can keep as a treasured memento.


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