Do I currently have a craving? Is water wet? Do I perform better when I eat? Yes, gosh darn it, yes!
Eat! Acquire sustenance and fuel your body for the marathon that is labor!
Studies show that eating during labor can help stabilize what your body uses as energy sources (fat, protein, sugar) and can reduce the level of acidity in both your blood and baby’s blood, which WILL lead to more contractions (this is good) and a shorter labor (this is double chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream good!)
So now you’re probably thinking what you can eat, and how you can sneak double chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream into your delivery room. Let’s get serious though.
If you’re room or hospital provides you should at least pack a microwave meal or two, but most importantly you should pack snacks that are easy to digest, nutritious, and easy to pack. After all, you might have to be discreet as some Labor and Delivery staffs don’t like mom eating during labor (we’ll get into this on another blog later)
The following is a list of foods you may want to eat during labor:
Banana: comes with nature’s wrapper and can stay out for long periods of time. Great for increasing blood sugar too!
Berries: they’re tasty, and can be packed in a snack size Ziploc for easy access and disposal.
Baby carrots: they can sometimes come prepackaged and make for a crunchy snack that gets some vitamin A into you too!
Snack bars: Our favorite are the Larabar because they’re whole food based, and pack 28grams of carbs and 4 grams of protein.
Protein bars: Lenny and Larrys cookies are good pick but any easily digestible protein is a sure win.
Popsicles: bring a cooler with an icepack! A great way to hydrate and cool down too.
Peanut Butter: We like Laura Scudder’s Smooth and Unsalted variety, because there is only one ingredient; PEANUTS. Great with the carrot sticks or in a PB&J sandwich.
Trail mix: Whatever your heart desires.
Honey Sticks: easy to open and turns into energy very quickly!
DON’T FORGET TO HYDRATE!
Drink plenty of fluids, and have a sippy cup handy. You can fill the cup with water or a sports drink or with ice chips. I recommend going to 7eleven and buying a big gulp (what you fill it with is your choice) and using that as your water or ice chip cup. If you’re in a hospital; your Doula or your partner can ask for it to be filled for them so the staff can’t deny!
And we also can’t forget the postpartum food
Orange juice (Bradley Method students get this one) and a nutritious high protein, good fat and carb meal such as oatmeal, grilled cheese, or ALT (Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato). After all, you’re going to need the nutrients to recover and as preparation for breast feeding.
As always, if you have questions about what to eat, how to deal with hospital staff, our Doula Services, The Bradley Method, or anything else, please feel free to ask us via contact button or our Instagram: @babylovencp.com