With our upcoming How to Pack You Hospital Bag event happening at Calgary’s Baby & Me Maternity this week, I have been thinking about my favourite things to have for my hospital stay after giving birth. One of the things you may be wondering about, is what you should wear home from the hospital. While you know you won’t be slipping right back into your pre-pregnancy jeans, you still want to look and feel great as you make your debut in the world as a parent!
You may still have a round tummy after you baby is born. You flow can be quite heavy and you may be susceptible to gushes. I highly recommend you try Tena disposable panties. This way you won’t ruin any of your panties and it’s one less thing to worry about. If disposable panties are not for you, the mesh panties from the hospital are a great option. If you’re eager to get back to cotton, maternity underwear will likely be most comfortable, especially if you gave birth surgically.
If you’re breastfeeding, a nursing bra is ideal. It can be challenging to find just the right size so I always recommend you start with either a nursing tank with a “built in bra” or a comfort style nursing bra such as Bravado Original Nursing Bra or Cake Cotton Candy Seamless Nursing Bra.
If you are not breastfeeding, a comfort bra is still a great choice. Unless a medical condition prevents it, your milk will still come in and your breasts will increase in size unpredictably. Don’t forget nursing pads. Bamboobies are a favorite!
Maternity pants are still a great choice for the postpartum period. Your tummy may still be round and if you have an incision, that area will be sensitive. I recommend a loose maternity yoga pant like Belabumbum Yoga Jogger Pants. Many moms choose comfortable leggings to wear home.
A loose and flowy maternity or nursing top will be ideal. If you have a longer drive home that may require stops a nursing top is best.
In the summer time, you can forego the tops and bottoms for a comfortable maxi-dress. Keep in mind that your breasts may be larger than ever before, so something with lots of room in the chest area will be more comfortable.
It’s normal to experience some swelling in your feet after birth. Flip flops are great if its warm enough. You definitely want something comfortable, that will accommodate your feet if they’re a little larger.
We will be at Baby and Me Maternity on Thursday December 8 at 6:30 PM talking about what to pack in your hospital bag. We’d love to see you there. Please RSVP. If you can’t make the event, the staff are always available to help you choose the perfect going home outfit for you and your baby!