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What to Wear Postpartum: Everything You Need to Be Comfortable After Labor & Delivery

September 12, 2020

What to Wear at the End of Pregnancy and After Baby Arrives

While you’re preparing for baby’s arrival, you may start thinking a little about what to wear postpartum, and what you’ll need right away to stay comfortable.

Doing a quick inventory and getting your postpartum wardrobe together before your baby arrives is a super helpful step that’s great to get done in your third trimester. And you really shouldn’t need much – just a very comfortable outfit to come home from the hospital in, and soft, easy clothes to wear those first few weeks.

After giving birth, you’ll be spending a lot of time at home healing, snuggling with baby, and if you’ve chosen to, breastfeeding, and all I wanted to wear as a new mom were comfortable, stretchy, breastfeeding friendly clothes.

So after two babies, here are my favorite loungewear items and postpartum clothing must-haves that are both cute and comfy.

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All of these are also good items to pack in your hospital bag. If you’re still getting your bag together and figuring out what to wear postpartum in the hospital, check out my free printable checklist to get a full list of must-haves for you, your partner, and your baby.


Must-Have #1: Leggings and Comfortable Pants

Best Postpartum Leggings and Bottoms

I lived in comfortable lounge pants and shorts during those first few weeks of postpartum life. In the beginning, especially if you’ve had a c-section, you’ll probably want to stick to looser pants or drawstrings.

None of my old jeans fit right away, so if you need to wear something other than leggings or loungewear, I would expect to stick with your maternity jeans for a little while – and that is perfectly normal!

Zella Live in Leggings

Zella Live in leggings are a staple in my mom closet. They are flattering, high-waisted, and comfortable. I did not have a c-section, but since these are fairly snug and come up high on your waist, I probably would not recommend these if you did have a c-section.

Offline Warmup High Waisted Legging

I love that these leggings come in a short option, and they have POCKETS. Best thing ever for new moms who are breastfeeding and can’t get up to grab the one thing (ok, or many things) they forgot in the other room.

These are also a little less snug on the waist, so they are extra comfortable.

Nordstrom Lazy Morning Lounge Pants

These pants are super comfortable and fairly lightweight. The only downside is no pockets, but for the price, they’re a good postpartum loungewear staple for your closet.

Must-Have #2: Comfortable, Breastfeeding Friendly Tops

Best Postpartum Tops

Amazon has some of the best postpartum tops, and comfortable postpartum clothes in general. The prices are usually very affordable, making it easy to stock up on a few of one item and rotate through those in the early days when you’re at home with your newborn and frequently nursing.

I also love Gap for more streetwear friendly postpartum clothes, and Aerie/American Eagle for great loungewear.

Maternity Double-Layer Nursing Tank Top

You can see my full list of favorite tops and postpartum dresses that are breastfeeding friendly here — and this top from Gap is at the top of my list. It is super comfortable and comes in several colors.

Double Layer Nursing Tank

Gets amazing reviews, comes in a ton of different colors, super affordable, and would work as a layer underneath of a cardi, or on its own.

Aerie Henley

Aerie has some of the most comfortable henleys, and they’re button down, which makes them great for breastfeeding. If you can catch them on sale, they’re usually a great price.

I love this one, and it comes in a bunch of different cute colors and patterns.

Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan

This cardigan is a splurge, but has been one of my most worn pieces, postpartum and beyond — enough that I purchased a second color.

Barefoot Dreams has the softest fabric that also feels amazing on. This cardigan is great for cozying up at home, or wearing out.

Another much more affordable cozy sweatshirt option is this one from Gap’s maternity line.


Related Reading: What You Actually Need in Your Postpartum Care Kit


Must-Have #3: Comfortable Bras

Best Nursing and Postpartum Bras

Having good nursing bras, preferably without underwire, is really key for staying comfortable postpartum. These are also great for an ever changing bra size during pregnancy, so don’t be afraid to buy early and get even more use out of these.

Bravado Seamless Bra

I lived in these Bravado bras for many many months. These are both stretchy and supportive – which means they work for bustier women as well (*raises hand*). These are incredibly comfortable and work well for those last few months of pregnancy and postpartum.

Cayke Sleep Nursing Bras

Those first few weeks postpartum, you’ll probably want to wear a bra while you sleep so that you can wear nursing pads and contain the leaking breastmilk.

These Cayke bras are great for sleeping, because they’re super soft, have zero wiring or metal hooks, and are easy to nurse in. They come in a three pack, so you only need one or two packs.


Other Good Postpartum Clothing and Accessories to Have

Cozy Socks

Having some good cozy socks to wander around in is always a good idea. Stick with socks with grips on the bottom, to help you avoid any slips or falls, especially with precious cargo in your arms. These Dr. Scholl’s socks get pretty amazing reviews.

Robe

A robe to lounge around is another piece that you’ll want to have in your postpartum wardrobe.

If you need a lighter weight robe, this Honeydew jersey robe is a great option. If you live in a colder climate, I love Pottery Barn robes – they are some of the softest, warmest robes out there.

Slippers

A good pair of slippers is a must-have for those long days where you’re tired and just want to spend most of the day indoors.

Amazon Cross Band Plush Slippers

I love these slippers – for both the price and the comfort. I’ve had these for almost a year and they’ve held up really well after several washes, and they’re great if you live in a warmer climate.

Ugg Slippers

These UGG slippers get amazing reviews. I’ve been living in tropical or near tropical climates for the last 5 years, so I don’t have a pair, but if you ever owned a pair of the quintessential UGG boots, you know how comfortable those are.

Wrap for Baby

This list is all about mom, but one great item to have and wear that’s not quite for you, but will be a huge help, is a fabric wrap.

I used a Happy Wrap for both of my babies, and it was great for snuggling with them and for letting them take a nap when they needed that seemingly constant skin-to-skin contact in order to sleep well.

Boba Wraps are essentially the same style, a little cheaper, and also get great reviews.


What are your go-to comfortable pieces?

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What to Wear in the Hospital After Giving Birth

5 Comments

  • Sarah Althouse September 15, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Comfy postpartum clothes were a lifesaver for me! haha

    • Lisa September 20, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Same! One less thing to think about too.

  • Charissa September 20, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Yes to double layer nursing tops! They were a postpartum staple with all four of my kids!

    • Lisa September 20, 2020 at 10:22 pm

      Seriously a favorite. I didn’t buy a ton of breastfeeding specific tops, but I actually still wear that one since it’s a cute, normal looking top!

  • Priyanka September 21, 2020 at 12:24 am

    comfortable ideas! Wish I had read this when my son was born… but will definitely keep it in mind for the next one 🙂

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