First and foremost, I have to mention that yesterday was my first baby’s 6th birthday! I got all teary and sentimental scrolling through the photos of those first few days that she made me a mama. I remember the very first words that came out of my mouth when I held her for the first time were, “She looks smarter than me.” Truer words have never been spoken, and still stand true today. Proud mama, right here.
Anyway, I think the combination of me looking through the actual “birth day” photos of my firstborn, coupled with the bombardment of images I’ve seen of the beautiful new mama, Duchess Catherine, inspired me to put together some easy-comfy, yet pulled-together looks for your hospital bag. It’s super easy to feel frumpy after giving birth – despite the ecstasy of snuggling up with your precious, brand-new Tiny. Everybody is certainly different, but for me, showering and getting out of that awful hospital gown, and slipping into something that resembled normal clothing helped me feel a million times better. I bet that chic, little blue dot dress (or LBDD – it really should have its own acronym, it’s so darling) did the trick for the duchess. Needless to say, I had a lot of fun pulling some options that I would personally be quite happy to wear during my hospital stay. But hey, if you’re feelin’ fab in that blue-and-white print gown, work it, mama! P.S. The shapewear below is just an option for wearing home; it’s definitely not meant to be worn during recovery at the hospital (this sentence should be read in a low, fast, disclaimer voice).
I never knew cute hospital gowns existed in the world! One of these would’ve definitely become my Hospital BFF, had I known about these sisters. If you end up befriending one, I would suggest wearing her after giving birth? There’d just be less chance of getting that cuteness messed up, and thus, spoiling what could have been a really amazing friendship. Let that awful hospital gown take one for the team.
I also recommend packing some light reading material for the labor process – especially if you get an epidural. There will likely be quite a few, very interrupted hours that will pass before Game Time. So, something light and fun to flip through, like a fashion mag, is great; save that concentration for labor. I always packed the current issue of InStyle, and refused to let myself look at it, so I had something to look forward to during labor – ha! Yes, I actually did that. I posted photos of my laboring self, clutching my coveted InStyle mags at the end of this blog, to prove it. I had priorities, people. Huge labor and delivery priorities.
Post delivery, and post glorious shower, I really liked wearing leggings for the rest of my hospital stay. They’re super comfy, they provide great tummy support, and they keep those giganto maxi pads in place. If this is your first pregnancy, you’re in for a ruuullll treat. I think my eyes bugged-out the first time I saw the massive, massive size of those pads; they’re a bit of a phenomenon, really.
Having some rubber flip-flops at your bedside is really easy and great for keeping your footsies clean to-and-from the restroom; plus, they’re easy to wash off, if necessary.
If you plan to breastfeed, I highly recommend the above bra! It’s super comfy. I always wore a nursing bra like that one during labor, so I could easily nurse right after delivery. I just felt frumpy and weird contemplating going through the labor process braless, but I think I might be the only one that feels that way? Or maybe I’m just super uptight? I never thought of that.
I also added a cute, striped, tunic-length nursing top to pair with the leggings, if you want to give your cute BFF gown a break (she might get really, really tired. And might be traumatized from seeing waaaaay too many things she wished she hadn’t). I kept everything in the black family for strategic-defense reasons – not because I’m doomy and gloomy about post-birth. Ahem. Let’s just say, black looks much less mortifying, if there is an accident. Plus, black is always chic. Duh.
To prove I’m not all doomy and gloomy about post-birth, I put together some bright, cheery, comfy options to wear home from the hospital. It’s a crazy-happy day! Why not look it?
Hospital Bag: SMP Mama Style by style-me-perfect
I chose bright pops of color, and a mix of prints because they look happpppy! And they totally compensate for the absence of accessories. Accessories feel a little bit fussy, and I just wanted to keep everything as simple and as easy as possible, without going all sweatpants on you. To be frank, you will be dog-tired when it’s time to leave. If you want to fiddle with accessories on the day you’re released from the hospital, then I will forever hail thee, with solemn awe, as Chief Fashionista Wondermama. True inspiration right there.
Talk about true inspiration… Can we please take a moment to thank Sara Blakely, founder of the magical Spanx, Inc.? God bless her spandex-loving soul. I’d kiss her feet if I could. For me, the Assets shapewear (less expensive version of Spanx) in the first hospital set was my can’t-live-without piece. I discovered this shapewear after my second baby, and can tell you there was a marked difference in how they made me feel going home from the hospital (and long after, for that matter). Like the leggings, they kept my pad in place, smoothed e-he-he-verything all out, yawll, and it helped me look and feel really good wearing my normal clothes home. Plus, mine were very comfy; I’d seriously forget I was wearing them (the women that complain that they can’t breathe in them, might have bought them too small?). I proceeded to live in a few pairs of those blessed Assets for the next month or two, as well; they’re my true BFFs. We’ve been through a lot together, and they will always have a special, spanxy place in my heart. I also provided c-section-appropriate shapewear in the first set; it supposedly has a space for your incision dressing, but I can’t personally vouch for the comfort of it, as I have never had a c-section. So, pro-ceed with caution, I advise.
So, let’s talk dresses; they’re inspiring, too! I threw in some very easy dress options à la Duchess Kate. Dresses instantly look pulled-together, and are the easiest things in the world to wear after giving birth (plus, they can hide the bulkiness of your maxi pad). For you nursing mamas, the navy, knit, hi-lo dress has a secret front panel that you can pull to the side to nurse. Genius! I also love the adorable chevron-striped maternity dress. Because our tummies don’t instantly go flat after giving birth, like in the movies, a good rule of thumb is to plan to dress your post-baby body according to how you looked at about five or six months preggers. So, comfy maternity clothing at that preggo stage is definitely a good choice.
If you’re a jeans girl, you can pack some of your maternity skinnies, and pair them with a cheery, coral-striped nursing top, like the one above (it has a secret pull-down panel for nursing). Throw on a happy, yellow cardi (it can also hide back fat – yay!), and some sassy cheetah loafers, and you’re ready to celebrate in style!
Speaking of “in style” (tee-hee), here are the photos of me with the fab glossy I mentioned earlier:
I did have an InStyle mag for my first labor/delivery, but apparently, I didn’t have a photo taken with it (bummer). Since it was my very first baby’s birthday yesterday, I think it fitting that there is a photo of her, instead of the ol’ InStyle mag, anyway. Happy 6th Birthday to my beautiful Scarlett Elisabeth! And happy future birthday to your soon-to-be-baby! I sincerely hope your labor and delivery is blessed start-to-finish, and also hope that you have lovely BFF gowns and shapewear to help lift your mood in and out of the hospital. Wink, wink.
Until next Wednesday…
-Carrie J (proud mama of 4)