I am not extremely modest, yet I am. I am very open and honest when discussion come up about the body and I don't mind other people touching my tummy. In many situations I am quite comfortable showing my belly to other ladies and even have had a photo session in the past for belly shots. Although, I must admit I have them put away for my viewing only. I don't have issue with belly shots on the wall it is just that when it came time to hang MY belly on the wall I decided I was content with just having them for a keepsake tucked safely away in their envelope.
But when it comes time to bare all.... really bare all... I have just not been comfortable with the idea of those present seeing it all for extended periods of time. With a waterbirth that means there are some limitations on what I can wear. Most ladies I see in birthing videos seem to go completely nude or wear a sports bra and go nude below the boobs. That is not gonna be modest enough for me and I have been trying to decide what to do about this. I was wanting something like a swimsuit, but with longer skirting. I had considered cutting the panties out of a one piece maternity swimsuit that I have, but a couple of weeks ago we were out of town and I used it in an indoor pool and decided I liked it too much to cut it up. I also considered wearing my prepregancy swimsuit tank top, but in my present condition it does not quite cover even my belly and therefore, would definitely not cover my "below areas".
This is NOT what I am wearing, but it is a great sample of the type of thing that would work well in my opinion and is similar to the one I purchased. Mine has no sequins or beads and is a black and white print. I thought black was a little dismal for the birth. I would have preferred a pretty color, but I only had two options in the Motherhood store I was shopping at.
I can actually get some other use out of my dress as well. I am not one to wear dresses this short, but I am considering wearing mine around the house for comfort in the coming weeks to get some extra use out of it. I will use it for my water birth. And after the fact it is very lightweight and I think it will work well for a classy little sleepdress and be nursing friendly due to the stretchiness of the top. If you are looking at this type of thing for an option I would recommend you choose one that is lightweight and is stretchy Lycra blend. Cotton t-shirt material would be too stretchy when wet... and too heavy.