Navigating the world as a new mom can be challenging, and that starts right from the moment you’re preparing your hospital bag. What should you wear home from the hospital after birth? You might have spent countless hours choosing an adorable first outfit for your newborn, but have you given thought to what you’ll don on your journey home?
While it’s tempting to pack a cute outfit, remember that comfort is key during this period. Your post-birth body will still be adjusting, so clothes with easy access and stretchy waistbands are ideal. The last thing you want to worry about when headed home with your new baby is uncomfortable clothing.
This article is set to guide you through picking out the perfect going-home outfit, considering factors like your own comfort and ease during this postpartum period. Whether it’s selecting breathable fabric or ensuring extra support where needed, we’ve got all bases covered in this ultimate guide designed just for you!
Preparing for your hospital stay and body changes
Stepping out of the hospital with your newborn baby is a momentous occasion. Comfort should be your top priority when choosing what to wear home from the hospital after birth. After all, you’ve just been through a physically demanding experience and your changing body is in recovery mode. It’s important that what you wear doesn’t add to any discomfort.
The most important thing to remember is that every woman’s postpartum recovery time varies significantly so don’t pressure yourself to bounce back immediately. During this period, you’ll likely experience changes such as weight shift, hormonal fluctuations, and breast enlargement if you’re breastfeeding.
While some women find that their pre-pregnancy clothes fit shortly after birth, others might need to wear their maternity clothes for weeks or even months postpartum. So it’s best not to pack away those comfy maternity jeans just yet!
It can be helpful to think of dressing during the postpartum period as a continuation of pregnancy rather than an immediate return to your “normal” wardrobe. Embrace loose-fitting dresses, cozy socks, and oversized sweaters that make feeding easier and give space for any post-baby body changes.
What To Wear After Giving Birth
The hospital will not be providing you with clothes, well at least the kind you’ll want to wear after giving birth.
Um, hello open back hospital gown.
Remember how cold it was when you took your hospital tour? Yeah, it’s that cold 24/7.
Here are some practical tips on dressing your post-baby body:
- Comfortable shoes: Swelling can continue after birth so opt for a pair of slip-on shoes which won’t squeeze.
- Nursing-friendly tops: If you’re breastfeeding, tops with easy breastfeeding access like nursing tank tops would be beneficial.
- Comfy clothes: Choose comfy clothes like a pajama set or maternity jeans with stretchy pants which will not put pressure on the wrong places.
- Breathable fabric: Light, breathable fabrics are a good choice as your body temperature can fluctuate post-birth.
Dressing for comfort doesn’t mean sacrificing style. There’s plenty of maternity and postpartum outfits available in different styles that could be both functional and fashionable.
Checklist: What To Wear After Giving Birth In The Hospital
1. Comfortable Underwear
There’s a reason this is at the top of my list.
When you’ve given birth and you want to hold it all in, comfortable underwear is going to be your best friend.
Whether you’ve given birth vaginally or c-section, you will want the comfort and security of full underwear.
Now is not the time for those barely there underwear, thongs, cheeksters, etc. You get my drift?
Consider your healing: If you have had a C-section, you will need to take extra care when choosing what to wear. Avoid anything that puts pressure on your stomach or back, as this can delay healing and cause discomfort. Look at maternity underwear or high-waisted options that won’t rub against any c-section incisions. Breathable fabric is also something to consider for both comfort and hygiene reasons.
After delivery, many women experience bleeding, much like a heavy period. Disposable or mesh underwear can comfortably hold large maternity pads in place. Additionally, if needed, you can also fit in ice packs or witch hazel pads to help soothe and reduce swelling.
2. Maternity or Nursing Bra
Your breasts may have increased in size due to milk production, making it necessary to invest in comfortable maternity bras that offer extra support. Nursing bras are a good idea as they provide easy access when nursing your newborn baby – a top priority during those first days at home.
You won’t want to wear a conventional bra with wires, stiff cups, or itchy material. There are so many cute nursing bra options and the cool thing is that they come with straps that drop down with one hand for easy access to the breast.
If you’re not nursing these are just plain comfortable. No underwire and stretchy breathable fabric for your changing breasts.
3. Cozy Socks/ Slipper Socks
When it’s time to leave the hospital after birth, what you wear on your feet matters as much as your after birth clothes. As a new mom, comfort is key during this period – including when it comes to footwear.
Your hospital stay is over and now you’re preparing to bring your new baby home. It’s crucial that you consider practicality and comfort in all aspects of your going-home outfit. High heels or tight-fitting shoes may have been part of your pre-baby wardrobe, but they aren’t a great option for this specific journey.
Your body has gone through significant changes during childbirth, making comfortable footwear a necessity rather than just a good idea.
Swelling in the feet post-delivery is common due to fluid shifts in the body; hence loose-fitting, easy-to-wear shoes make an excellent choice for postpartum periods. Here are some options:
Slip-on Shoes: A pair of slip-on shoes can be one of the best choices for leaving the hospital after delivery. They provide extra support without being restrictive.
Sandals: During summer months, sandals can be a good option. Opt for ones with adjustable straps so you can modify them according to swelling needs.
Cozy Socks: If weather permits and you don’t need outdoor shoes immediately (for instance if you’re heading straight from the maternity ward into a car), a pair of cozy socks might suffice!
This is completely optional, but I think it adds a nice touch to your hospital outfit if you’re having photos taken at the hospital.
The pretty print is sure to brighten up your hospital room. It can also help you feel cute during a time where it’s easy to feel a little less confident.
Greet visitors in style and cherish your hospital photos with your little bundle of joy in your stylish robe.
Now let’s talk about specific outfit ideas for that ride home with a newborn baby. A loose-fitting dress can make for an excellent going-home outfit after giving birth; it’s easy to put on and requires no fussing around with separate tops and bottoms.
However, if you’re birthing in the colder months, dresses may not be practical.
That’s when pajama sets come into play! Maternity pajamas ensure maximum comfort while also offering easy breastfeeding access – making them one of the best things you can include in your hospital bag.
6. Headwrap/hair ties/ headband
Chances are you will probably want your hair up and out of the way.
Unless you already planned some type of hair style or protective hair style, post baby hospital stay is not the time to do your hair.
A breathable fabric headband or hair ties can keep those locks out of your way while attending to your new baby.
7. Leggings/Joggers/Stretchy Pants
Opt for loose, non-restrictive garments. Maternity leggings with a stretchy waistband or maternity dresses made of breathable fabric can be great choices.
The fabric needs to be stretchy. Fitted pants are just not going to be something you’ll want to wear.
Avoid anything too tight or restrictive such as non-stretch jeans. These make it easy to cherish every moment with your little one without feeling constricted.
8. Basic Tee Or Nursing Top
A soft cotton or breathable fabric shirt can provide that much-needed comfort, allowing your skin to breathe and helping you relax during your hospital stay.
If you’re breastfeeding, having a shirt that’s easy to unbutton or lift ensures that nursing your newborn isn’t a chore.
You’ll be spending a lot of time feeding your baby during those initial days, so convenience is essential.
If you’ve had a cesarean delivery, the region around the c-section incision is extremely sensitive. Wearing a soft, loose-fitting shirt can help protect this area from any unnecessary friction.
Related: How To Find The Best Nursing Tops
9. Hospital Bag
Although it’s not necessarily something to wear, having a well-prepared bag for your time in the hospital is a great idea, and there are certain essentials you shouldn’t overlook.
Your cell phone is indispensable, not just for staying connected with loved ones, but also for keeping track of important details like blood pressure readings or notes from healthcare providers.
Your insurance card should be easily accessible, ensuring a smooth check-in process and handling of any hospital formalities.
A lip balm can be a lifesaver. Including your birth plan provides a clear guideline for hospital staff, ensuring that your preferences and wishes during labor and delivery are known and respected.
Breast pads are another thoughtful addition. With the onset of milk production, these pads can prevent potential leaks and keep you feeling dry and comfortable.
If you require glasses or contact lenses, remember to pack them. You’ll want to see every precious moment with your newborn clearly and comfortably.
Season-Appropriate Clothing: A Guide for New Moms Post-Birth
As fresh moms navigate their early days post-birth, it’s essential not only to have clothes that provide ease but also cater to any seasonal needs.
Summer: Choose light-colored clothing which reflects heat instead of absorbing it—think flowing dresses made from breathable fabric. Don’t forget your sunglasses for the ride home!
Fall: Layering is a great way to stay warm without overheating—pair maternity jeans with a comfy sweater and add a scarf if it’s particularly chilly.
Winter: Opt for cozy, warm clothes—a pair of slip-on shoes, thick leggings, and an oversized sweater are perfect. And don’t overlook non-skid socks; hospital floors can be slick!
Spring: Light jackets or cardigans over easy-access tops offer comfort and style.
Can You Wear Jeans After Giving Birth?
The answer is yes, but you probably won’t want to right away. Immediately after giving birth your first choice will likely be soft, stretchy, forgiving fabrics that will allow your body to heal. Think, leggings or pajama pants.
But, just because your post-baby body is different, doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite jeans. You can still wear jeans after giving birth, you just might need to look for a different style or material.
For example, many new moms love jeggings. Jeggings are like leggings, but they look like jeans. They’re usually made of a stretchy material, so they’re comfortable to wear. And, they have a waistband that sits below the belly, so it’s perfect for hiding any extra weight around the midsection.
Can You Wear Compression Leggings After Giving Birth?
Compression leggings are designed to help with circulation and support your muscles. They may be worn during pregnancy and postpartum, but make sure to check with your doctor first.
After delivery, you’ll want to make sure the leggings have a comfortable waistband that won’t put any pressure on your incision site. Look for a pair made from breathable material that will help you stay cool and comfortable as you heal.
What To Wear After Labor And Delivery
There you have it, a list of maternity clothes and essentials that will help you get your hospital bag together.
While social media might have us believe that we need to look picture-perfect after giving birth, let’s face it; comfort takes precedence over style here. Not only will comfy clothes help ease any physical discomfort but they’ll also make taking care of your newborn baby easier too.
Remember that everyone’s post-baby body is different and changes differently too. So even if something worked well during pregnancy or was suggested by a family member or friend who recently had their first baby, it doesn’t mean it’ll work for you too. It’s all about personal preference here!
In the event your due date is not a firmly scheduled date, you won’t know when you’ll go into labor. Therefore, you’ll want to pack your bag in advance. Packing your bag and having your own soft, comfortable clothes has its advantages.
By all means, you could forgo this list and wear the hospital gown. However, bringing your own clothes gives you a couple of perks:
- You’ll feel more comfortable in your own clothes
- When visitors stop by you’ll be presentable
- Prepared for hospital temperatures which can be extremely cold
- Having post delivery clothes, you won’t ruin your nice clothes
Congratulations mama! Wishing you a happy, healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery.
Let me know in the comments if you’re a last minute procrastinator or is your hospital bag packed and ready by the door? What trimester did you start preparing? I’d love to hear about it!