Are you wondering what to wear after c section in hospital?
Well, apart from the postpartum pads and underwear, you will need comfortable clothing. Some new moms choose to wear trackies or pajama pants that go over the wound while others prefer maternity leggings and nighties made from soft cotton material.
If you don’t like spending those few days in the hospital gown, whatever you wear should not have a waist that will tightly cover your wound.
So what exactly should you wear after c section in the hospital?
1. High waist underwear
First and foremost, you will need comfortable underwear to hold huge pads in place. There are special pants designed for after C-section such as these INNERSY cotton soft briefs. They have a high waist that ensures they go all the way up over the incision and a waistband at the top that prevents them from sliding down.
2. Maternity dresses
Yes, you are not done with maternity dresses yet. Unless you want to spend your hospital days in the hospital gown, your maternity dresses will come in handy.
This is because they are free-flowing dresses; hence, they do not aggravate your incision. They also tend to be very comfortable and give you easy access to breastfeed.
3. Maternity or nursing nightgowns
Maternity nightgowns may look like your ordinary hospital issued gowns but they are quite different. Unlike the hospital ones which are cumbersome to wear and often leave your back open, these nursing gowns are discreet in that they cover you fully such as this hospital gown.
You do not have to be ashamed to welcome your visitors or even walk around when wearing one of these. In addition, they are more stylish since they come in different colors and designs.
4. Postpartum girdle
After a C-section, even a slight movement may create some discomfort or pain in the incision area. This is why there are specially designed girdles for post C-section such as the Bellefit Compression Girdle.
This girdle is highly recommended by doctors to provide you with adequate support around the waist and the lower abdomen so that you can regain your mobility sooner. It also offers compression, which reduces swelling by enabling the uterus to eliminate excess fluids so that you can go back to your pre-pregnancy body sooner.
4. A tank top or loose shirt with maternity leggings
Tank tops are a must-have breastfeeding clothing. They double as nursing bras but they are not as tight since most do not have an underwire. The first few weeks after c section, a nursing tank like the BRAVADO nursing tank top will help to slightly compress your midsection so that you can quickly lose a few inches around your belly.
You can pair your tank top with a pair of maternity leggings with a belly band that goes over the incision for comfort. If it has a compression band, make sure stretchy and holds up without sliding down as you walk as this may irritate the incision.
Don’t be surprised when you find yourself wearing your pj’s too often than you should be. You are not alone. The majority of new moms tend to wear them throughout the day since they are quite comfortable.
All you need is to find a material that feels soft and comfortable such as these comfy lounge pants. If you choose to wear pajama pants, make sure the waistband can go all the way up over the incision so that it does not aggravate it.
What should you not wear after c-section?
1. Avoid buttoned pants since they may rub against the incision and cause irritation
2. Choose light and breathable clothing
3. Avoid tight dresses and pants that may irritate the healing wound
4. Go for clothes that are comfortable to breastfeed in like tank tops and dresses that give you easy access
5. Shorts and pants that have an elastic waistband should be avoided since they may be too tight around the incision
See also: Bras to wear while breastfeeding
The most important thing to consider about what to wear after c section in hospital is that whatever you choose should not interfere with the incision. Maternity dresses and nursing nightgowns are more suitable since they do not have waistbands for you to worry about. However, if you love pants, leggings, and shorts, make sure the waistband goes all the way up so as to keep the wound clean and facilitate faster healing.