What mom clothes to bring to hospital?

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What mom clothes to bring to hospital?
Fri, 06-06-2003 - 10:46am
Hi all,

I am scheduled to have a C-section on July 8th with my first child and was wondering what any of you BTDT moms or others could recommend for what clothes to bring in my bag to the hospital.

Someone told me that it was a good idea to get really high waist underwear so they didn't rub up agains the incision, but I was wondering about pants, shorts, gowns etc.

I plan on bfeeding too, so I'm thinking of getting some comfortable nursing shirts, but was curious what thoughts anyone had on wearing shorts...maternity, extra large, high waist etc.???

Any and all thoughts are appreciated!



EDD 7/8/03- with baby boy

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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 3:47pm
Seems like everyone has a different opinion ;) I ended up (after both my c/s and my vbac) just wearing the hospital gowns during the *vast* majority of my stay. Things were just messy and I preferred to get their stuff all messy- lol! I definitely trashed all my bikini underwear after my c/s since all it did was irritate my incision and bug the heck out of me (so sad- I don't like the higher stuff)I didn't have a lot of visitors with either birth, so I don't think I put on a real "outfit" until the day I went home both times. My maternity clothing was all that would fit me immediately after birth (and the shorts that are not jeans -- I mean the high waisted stretchy kind of shorts- were the most comfortable after the c/s). I never got nursing shirts, but nursed both kids well past a year. I found regular t-shirts to be the best anyway for nursing (and going naked on top with just a nursing bra at home in the beginning). In any case, your incision is likely to be tender for a while, so you're best off wearing high cotton underwear/shorts that don't have real contact points around your incision, imo.

good luck! hope everything goes well :)


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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 4:49pm

Thanks so much! Your advice is very very helpful. I was thinking since it's going to be July...even in the hospital with A/C I still might be a bit warm and figured that shorts would be the better option. I'll be sure to bring some cotton high elastic waisted or drawstring maternity or extra large shorts to wear while I'm in the hospital.

Thanks for the tip about regular T-shirts for nursing...I think I might get some cotton shirts too that button down the front.

Great!!! July 8th will be here before I know it.

Thanks Again!


EDD #1 baby boy 7/8/03 via IVF #2

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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 5:18pm
I totally agree with Kris. Wear their stuff in the hospital (they will have a special gown you can get on and off even with an IV if you have one the first day as well as nursing gowns to wear after that). You will be bleeding and baby will be pooping/drooling/spitting up (all those lovely things that babies do :-). There's no where for you to do laundry and babies have a way of spitting up on you as soon as you put something clean on. I am not planning on taking anything of my own to wear while I'm there, just some maternity clothes for the trip home (I'm not kidding myself this time that I will be out of maternity right away ;-).

Some moms feel strongly about wearing their own clothes in the hospital to help them feel less anxious and more comfortable. To me, it was just one less thing to worry about at a time when I had a LOT to focus on...by wearing hospital gowns I could at least scratch laundry off the list for a few days.

Take care,

Hillary, DD #1 6/22/00, DD #2 ERCS 7/1/03

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Sat, 06-07-2003 - 9:35pm
Bring stuff that is comfy and that you don't mind getting dirty.

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Tue, 06-10-2003 - 9:17pm
Well, I do think highwaisted cotton underwear are a good bet, and frankly if you already have some old ones or maternity ones -- take those, or buy inexpensive cotton ones (like Hanes). This is my logic -- no matter what kind of pad you wear you are going to have some leaks, and it was a moment of joy for me when I stopped bleeding to throw out those darn panties!

Unlike the women before me I was more, and am more, comfortable at the hospital wearing my own nightgowns. If you suspect you might be more comfortable in your own, definitely pack cotton and one for each day, those hormonal surges can be mighty hot. Also, you will need a robe and slippers. The sooner you get up and walk around the better off you will be. Bring somehting that fit around your 6th month of pregnancy to wear home. If all goes well (i.e., your water doesn't break on the way to the hospital) I would just wear what you wore to the hospital home. Also, this isn't a clothes item, but pack your blowdryer, even if not so inclined by vanity. After you shower this will help you (On low) get your incision nice and dry.

And don't forget to bring something for little one to wear home!

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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 3:35pm
My experience...I only brought an outfit for me to come home in and a robe. I didn't want to bring home a bunch of dirty laundry, and I'm glad I didn't since I had lots of discharge until I went home (yuck). I agree with the high waisted underwear once you get home, but the hospital should have those fancy mesh numbers that you can just throw away. If you are going to bring clothes, definitely bring maternity and comfortable!


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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 3:52pm
Thanks everyone!!! Much appreciated.

Love the idea of the blow dryer to help dry off the incision down below. I don't ever even use a blow dryer, as I have very curly hair and a blow dryer would only make it frizzy...but using it to dry the incision...GREAT IDEA!~!!!!!!

Thanks to all who responded, your advice is priceless!!!


EDD #1 A boy, 7/8

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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 4:00pm
Congrats and good luck!

As for what to take. . .with DD#1 I wasn't expecting a c/s and didn't know what to expect. I took nursing gowns along with some shorts and a t-shirt. I stayed in gowns/robes for most of my time there because it's what my mom told me to pack (LOL--and I was 28 so it's not like I was a kid!)

With #2 I expected more company than I got and I was determined to not be in gowns/robes. I wore hospital issue for day 1 (c/s day) then my own gown/robe on day 2. By day 3 I was in (my own pre-pg)sweats and a long-sleeved t-shirt (mid Feb) and on day 4 I had a pair of cuddly soft maternity pants and shirt to wear. BTW, I felt safe taking the sweats b/c we knew it was going to be a big baby so I figured I'd fit in those sweats just fine. It was nice to be in regular clothes and made me feel more like I was in a hotel than a hospital, pmp.

Speaking of underwear, I prefer high waist maternity wears for the first few days anyway. After a wk or so I could consider something else. Also, enquire NOW about the pad situation after delivery. After my 1st DD we had these awesome huge soft pads. But after my 2nd DD I was stuck with archaic belted pads and of course, the belt rubs right on the incision line. I was begging my mom to go to Walmart and get me pads (that's a long story on its own, lol). If there is ever a #3 I will have my own big wears and pads for after delievery.

I find nursing shirts are an unnecessary expense. Why not just look for twin sets? Or wear a tank top and a light blouse over. . .that hides ya even more. Both my girls nursed (#1 til 18 mo and #2 still going at 28 mo) without buying a single nursing shirt. Nursing gowns are nice though.

Julie w/Hannah (5) and Emmi (2)