Updated: Jul 19
As your due date approaches, one of the things you'll want to start thinking about is what to wear during labour. While comfort is a top priority, there are a few other factors to consider when choosing your labour attire.
Loose, comfortable clothing
The most important factor when choosing what to wear is comfort. You'll want to wear loose, comfortable clothing that won't restrict your movements. Consider wearing a loose-fitting, comfortable cotton dress, a soft
and comfortable nightgown or a large t-shirt. These options
provide room to move, which is important during labor.
Slip-on shoes or Slippers
If you are giving birth in a hospital or birthing centre, you will probably want to wear something on your feet. Slip-on shoes or slippers are a good option as they are easy to put on and take off. Also, some women complain of having cold feet during labour and so you may want to pack some cozy socks as well!
Labour can be a long process, and your body temperature and the room temperature may fluctuate. It's a good idea to wear layers so you can adjust your clothing as needed. Consider bringing a comfortable cardigan or dressing gown that you can put on or take off easily.
Dark Colored Clothing
Labour can be messy, so it's a good idea to wear dark-colored clothing that won't show stains or alternatively pack something which you don’t want to wear again.
Comfortable Underwear or Swimwear
Comfort is key during labour and so when it comes to underwear consider wearing lose and disposable underwear that you can throw away after labor. This way, you won't have to worry about ruining your favorite underwear. If you are in a birth pool, you may want to wear a bikini top instead of a bra.
…And sometimes, it's easier just to be naked! This may fill you with dread thinking about it but when you are in labour, you may find being naked the best option.
Whatever you decide, it is totally up to you. Remember, the midwives have seen it all before and won’t care what you are / aren’t wearing. Feeling comfortable will help you relax and boost that lovely hormone, oxytocin.