What to wear?
It can only have taken supporting four or five women in their labours for ‘nakedness’ to become invisible to me! The way a midwife, doula, doctor or birth professional sees a naked body is so so different from how most people see one! To us it is no different than how a dentist sees teeth!
Something I’m often asked as a hypnobirthing teacher is ‘what should you wear in labour’? And the answer is, whatever you want!
On or off?
Chances are, you’ll probably do early labour in whatever it is you’d been wearing when early labour starts! You might reach a time where you want to be comfy, and stick on pj bottoms or leggings.. you might reach a time where you want it OFF! ALL OF IT! And whilst that might feel totally weird whilst you think about it now, pregnant and NOT in labour; it will likely feel like the most natural thing in the world when the time comes. When our hormones are working in labour, we move into our primal brains, meaning our inhibitions disappear; we say what’s on our mind, we speak directly, we take our clothes off, we adopt all manner of positions, we become the most natural version of ourselves. Of course if you feel more comfortable in a bra or t shirt or nightie, pack one in your bag, there aren’t any rules to giving birth, you do what makes you feel safe and don’t worry about what the woman in the next room might be doing.
We’re all unique
One of the most personal things I ever took from supporting women in labour is that our bodies are so incredibly unique and in all honestly, completely the same, (all at once). Your pregnant (and your not pregnant) bodies are utterly incredible, I’m in awe of us all every day, so go give your bump or your tiger striped tummy a little squeeze and remind yourself what that body of yours has done!
Megan Rossiter offers hypnobirthing classes in Surrey. Scroll down to view her profile.