I know you have already been exposed to the preconceived ideas of what it will look like giving birth at a hospital. You've seen the moms that look fabulous giving in birth in the movies. I'll be honest, I did and I thought that was going to be me. Around the end of the second trimester I was determined to look good in the hospital. I ordered a maternity hospital gown that was darling. I thought I was going to go through the whole labor with it on. The reality was that it wasn't even an option.
What you need to know:
- Giving birth is hard work!! I like to think of it like an intense workout, except that it's way more! You're birthing a beautiful baby! That being said, during labor you're going to sweat. Remember this tip before you put fresh makeup on and quickly realize it's running down your face!
- If you're giving birth at a hospital, most require you to wear their hospital gown. It's for the best. Why? Because if something changes during labor and it requires immediate attention the gowns are specifically made for the staff to assess you. Example: I had to have an emergency c-section. It happened very quickly. If I was wearing my own gown the nurses would have spent time trying to figure out how to undo it.
- If you were allowed to wear your gown, I still wouldn't. In all honesty, if I would have worn my gown it would have gotten stained and actually not look cute anymore.
- Labor is an emotional time. I was crying when I got to hold my baby for the first time. Clearly, make up would have ran down my face. Also, the last thing on my mind was how I looked.
- You want to be comfortable. For me it was I didn't want my hair in my face. If you're uncomfortable with your hair down now, don't plan to have it down during labor + delivery. Not to mention my hair was actually a little wet from sitting a cloth on my head.
- Labor + delivery is a beautiful thing regardless of how "done up" you are. It's a miracle. You must appreciate your body and self during the process and not be hard on yourself.
- You can fix yourself up after labor + delivery. This was a fact I didn't know. Once I was placed in a room with my baby on my side. You do have a chance to refresh. Truth: Hours after birth are just as sentimental for pictures.
Tips for looking lovely after birth:
That being said, there are still ways to look fashionable and comfortable after birth. Here are couple tips on how to refresh yourself after the accomplishment of having a baby!
- After you return to your room, now is the time you can wear your own hospital gown or robe. So go for it!
- A robe is lovely to wear! A robe is so easy to put on and comfortable. It was wonderful to breastfeed in and looks darling.
- Gowns are perfect for your stay. They don't even need to be cute. You can throw on your robe with them to look cute.
- Pack clothes that are lose and easy to take on and off. Especially if you're having a c-section.
- You're bump doesn't just go away once the baby is delivered. It takes time. I somehow thought my bump was going to be gone but ended up throwing my maternity shirt on to go home because it fit how I felt comfortable.
- If you decide to throw a bra on be sure that it's comfortable and accessible for breastfeeding. I ended up packing a bra that was so uncomfortable. I refused to wear it.
- Only bring your go-to make up with you. You want to be able to put it on quickly. For me, I was picture ready with foundation + bronzer + blush.
- Bring comfy + cute slippers. I needed to go back and forth to the NICU for William so cute slippers are an item I wish I had. They give your gown a little extra chic.
- Headbands are a perfect way to look cute and hardly try. Throw a headband to accessorize.
Happy Bump Day! I hope these tips help in planning your hospital fashion!