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What is best to eat or drink during labour?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 14, 2012 at 4:50 AM

I've got about 8 weeks left til baby is supposed to arrive and trying to get as prepared as possible in advance so I don't resort to non-paleo options. (Already building up a stash of home made meals in the freezer, etc).

The hospital have provided a list of suggested things to bring, and the food/drink suggested is 'energy drinks and lollies' (lollies = candy).

Anyone got any better suggestions?

I have heard coconut water is fantastic.

What else? I need things that I can prepare in advance to have ready at home, and also things I can take with me to hospital.

8292546789ca48c32ead34c6e884d059

on November 23, 2012
at 11:05 PM

I don't think she needs to worry about her penis shrinking. :-/ She could make homemade popsicles if she's that worried.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on November 19, 2012
at 11:39 AM

I wasn't saying that they shouldn't be able to, Ashley. I just couldn't understand why they'd want to.

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

(605)

on November 18, 2012
at 11:52 PM

This is my first, so I have no idea whether I will want to eat or drink anything at all. But I know I am the kind of person who runs out of steam very quickly without fuel, so I want to be prepared.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on November 15, 2012
at 01:57 PM

Treat yourself to a sucker filled with tartrazine, that doesn't sound like a treat-that sounds like crap when your body needs the most nutrient dense food to repair itself.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on November 15, 2012
at 12:34 PM

Different people have different needs during labor. Why should a doctor or hospital using absolutely no peer reviewed research to back up their recommendation be able to make that call?

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

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on November 15, 2012
at 03:45 AM

Thanks for the tips Sarah, and... Frozen grapes! wonderful idea

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

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on November 15, 2012
at 03:41 AM

ooh thanks for the tip, I will keep it in mind!

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on November 14, 2012
at 05:23 AM

A thermos of bone broth might be nice for sipping, but during labor you're not going to feel much like eating.

I remember being very hungry after each birth, and they bring you horrible things to eat, especially if its in the middle of the night. A cooler of Paleo friendly foods would be great (or have friends on standby to bring you food). Get out of the hospital as soon as you can-the food will kill you.

Wishing you an easy birth.

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on November 14, 2012
at 10:01 AM

Coconut water was my saviour during labor. Also maybe have some orange slices around, or even mashed potatoes. Keep it super simple and energy dense. I would stay away from high fat or protein stuff unless you're super hungry and actually want it. Your muscles will be working incredibly hard with the contractions so keeping your glucose stores up is paramount. Also bring a happy attitude and don't bring any people who won't support you or will encourage you give up when it gets tough. Good luck momma! Sending happy birthy vibes your way.

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on November 14, 2012
at 10:20 AM

Apple juice. I couldn't eat anything, but when I found myself flagging I chugged a glass down and pushed that baby out.

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8292546789ca48c32ead34c6e884d059

on November 14, 2012
at 05:25 AM

Eat anything you think you can keep down! And eat well the days prior.

Eat before you get to the hospital. You may barf; have a barf bag in the car. I keep hearing that they won't let you eat once admitted. I've heard too many horror stories of women getting to the hospital, being told they can't eat anything for fear they might choke, then having to deal with family members eating around them. Damn jerks. I went through a midwife so I didn't have to deal with that B.S. But my labor was so fast it didn't matter. First kid too.

Frankly, I wasn't caring much for food that day until after birth. Then I sent hubby for a nice juicy bloody steak. I sucked that down and me and babe passed out for the night!

Also, it's birth time. Treat yourself. If a sucker sounds like a good idea during delivery go for it.

The only other side advice I'll give: Try and relax as much as possible. Any pain you feel is temporary; tomorrow feels much better.

BTW Congratulations!!!

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on November 15, 2012
at 01:57 PM

Treat yourself to a sucker filled with tartrazine, that doesn't sound like a treat-that sounds like crap when your body needs the most nutrient dense food to repair itself.

8292546789ca48c32ead34c6e884d059

on November 23, 2012
at 11:05 PM

I don't think she needs to worry about her penis shrinking. :-/ She could make homemade popsicles if she's that worried.

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Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on November 14, 2012
at 11:29 PM

Coconut Water.

Frozen grapes.

Apple Juice.

Carbonated water flavored WITH apple juice. Drink water. Push fluids.

I hope you have an easy labor. But if you're like me (my two labors have been 80 hours and almost 50 hours long) you will need to eat lots during labor to keep your strength up.

I ate mashed potatoes, chicken broth, beef broth, and even some stew meat and cooked carrots during my insanely long labors.

But I hope you have a short little 7 hour labor. :-)

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

(605)

on November 15, 2012
at 03:45 AM

Thanks for the tips Sarah, and... Frozen grapes! wonderful idea

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on November 14, 2012
at 11:09 PM

This isn't really the question you asked, but as you get to your due date, there's a theory that salmon has natural prostoglandins that will stimulate labor. I fed my full-term pregnant friend a salmon dinner and she went into labor that night. I had a salmon dinner on my due date with my first pregnancy and went into labor the next morning. Didn't work on the second one, though--she was 10 days late!

Could be coincidence, but at that point in time you're READY to have it over with, so anything that might get things going is good. Make sure it's good, wild caught salmon!

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

(605)

on November 15, 2012
at 03:41 AM

ooh thanks for the tip, I will keep it in mind!

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on November 15, 2012
at 11:23 AM

I had no interest in eating or drinking during my labors, except for little sips of the apple juice they brought me. When I read about women online who are fighting for the ability to eat during labor, I wonder, "Why?" Food was revolting to me! (And for the first, it was 18 hours of food being revolting.)

Sending good baby vibes your way. Enjoy your last weeks of pregnancy.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 15, 2012
at 12:34 PM

Different people have different needs during labor. Why should a doctor or hospital using absolutely no peer reviewed research to back up their recommendation be able to make that call?

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

(605)

on November 18, 2012
at 11:52 PM

This is my first, so I have no idea whether I will want to eat or drink anything at all. But I know I am the kind of person who runs out of steam very quickly without fuel, so I want to be prepared.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on November 19, 2012
at 11:39 AM

I wasn't saying that they shouldn't be able to, Ashley. I just couldn't understand why they'd want to.

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