Hospital gowns come in one style: itchy, paper-thin and wildly exposing — everything you’re not going for when you’re nine months pregnant and ready to pop. Granted, when you’re hours from giving birth, what is or isn’t fashionable is probably going to be the least of your worries. Comfort on the other hand is crucial, so while you’re preemptively packing your hospital bag, consider packing a labor and delivery gown next to your newborn’s homecoming outfit.
Let’s face it: There’s no such thing as one size or style fits all, and this is especially true when it comes to what is going to make you feel most comfortable during labor. Pregnancy is a personal experience, and when that special moment comes when your little bundle of joy is ready to make their entrance into the world, the last thing you want to be thinking about is the draft coming through the back of your hospital gown.
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Luckily, you do have the option to BYOG (bring your own gown), as long as the piece gives doctors and nurses all the necessary access to your body. From what kind of material you feel cozy in to the patterns that suit your personality, below you can choose from the best labor and delivery gowns that suit your preferences.
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1. Motherhood Maternity 3-in-1 Labor Gown
How do we even begin to count the ways in which we are obsessed with this labor and delivery gown from Motherhood Maternity? This chic LBD (long black dress, in this case) hits right above the knee and features snap openings at the front and back of the gown for easy access to these areas during delivery. Made of 58 percent cotton, 41 percent Modal and 1 percent Spandex, this pick is super comfy and versatile: It can be worn during labor, delivery and after the fact. Bonus: Breastfeeding moms can wear the piece as a nursing gown since it also features three snap closures at each shoulder for easy, convenient access for baby.
2. Baby Be Mine 3-in-1 Hospital Gown
Black is always a classic choice, but if your personal style involves color and fun prints, check out these labor and delivery gowns from Baby Be Mine. From florals and stripes to even a few pastel numbers, these gorgeous dresses put paper hospital garments to shame. Designed with an empire waist for a loose, comfortable fit, this pick marries fashion and function harmoniously as it features discreet clasps in the front and back, providing easy access for your doctors and nurses during labor. The 100 percent cotton-jersey knit dress is also perfect for nursing with front flaps that are easy to maneuver when it’s time to feed.
3. Ekouaer Hospital Gown
If we had to describe Ekouaer’s hospital gowns in one word, it would be sweet. These simple yet gorgeous dresses are incredibly soft, so whether you choose to wear them during or post delivery, you’ll be comfortable. Buttons lining under the shoulder and around the breast area make nursing easy, and because the material is naturally breathable and flowy, there’s no need for snaps or clips to give doctors access to wherever they need to go during delivery. This pick is also extremely versatile, so you can wear it during labor, delivery, postpartum, nursing and it can even be a staple in your wardrobe as your bump grows.