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Pregnant and getting ready for your hospital delivery? After four babies I can tell you you'll want a maternity hospital gown you LOVE.
You'll want one that's
- provides access for hospital personnel
- allows you to breastfeed easily, at your option
- makes you feel NOT pregnant!
Simple enough, right?
Maternity hospital gown tips.
==> Ease of use.
Make sure your maternity gown is easy to put on and off. Your body will be sore and tender after delivery and you won't want any complicated hospital gown to deal with.
==> Covers you up.
Forget those peek-a-boo open back hospital gowns. Buy yourself 2 or 3 maternity hospital gowns that cover you front and back but still allow for ease of use by your nurses and doctor.
==> Easy care.
Choose sturdy fabrics that are soft and machine wash and dry. And just
so you know, you may find that you don't want to keep them after you
get home from the hospital due to their being soiled or you simply
feeling finished with them. That's fine. I personally feel that maternity hospital gowns are part of the cost of your baby's delivery.
You are going to be working hard in that hospital and the last thing
you need to concern yourself with is your hospital gown not behaving
==> On the other hand...
The above being true, you also might want to consider the fact that if you choose your maternity hospital gown carefully,
you may find you WANT to wear it for a day or two after you bring your
baby home. Whether you've been sleeping in a maternity air bed or a conventional bed, you will still need a great deal of comfort, plus you'll find
that you'll be sleeping when your baby sleeps and your maternity gown
may be just the ticket.
So, again, choose wisely. Pick maternity gowns in colors and prints that make you feel great.
==> Will you be breastfeeding?
If so, purchase maternity hospital gowns that are easy for you to slip off your shoulders to nurse your baby.
I can tell you from experience, it's very difficult to be juggling a
tiny newborn with one hand (especially if it's your first baby) and
plucking at the strings of your hospital gown with the other, trying to
position yourself to nurse your baby. The right gown in this case will
make all the difference for both you and your baby.
==> Don't forget the pictures.
I touched on this issue a tiny bit above, but don't forget all of those
pictures you'll be taking while still in the hospital of you and your
new baby. Here's something to consider: you'll be looking at those
pictures for a long, long time...what kind of maternity hospital gown do you want to be seen in everytime someone pulls out those pictures?
Truthfully, what you're wearing doesn't matter one iota to your baby,
but you need to feel comfortable and relaxed and if what you're wearing
will contribute to that either positively or negatively, then it's
worth getting the right gowns.
==> What about pants?
There are some very attractive maternity hospital pant sets available
on the market today. However, you might want to think twice before
taking these to your delivery. Obviously you can't wear pants during
the birth and afterwards they will be a pain to take on and off and
they won't stay clean. I have a hard time recommending maternity pant sets to you (while you're in the hospital) for those reasons.
==> Check with your hospital.
Make sure your hospital will allow you to bring your own maternity hospital gowns. I can't imagine what the problem would be but it doesn't hurt to verify ahead of time for your own peace of mind.
Maternity hospital gowns are here to stay.
Find the maternity gowns you feel great in and have them packed and ready for your hospital stay.
It's a very
exciting time to be awaiting the birth of your baby. I wish you and
your new baby all the best during this precious season of mothering.
Colleen Langenfeld is a mother with over 29 years of parenting experience and helps other busy moms around the globe at www.paintedgold.com.
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