Can I Eat During Labor?

Do I currently have a craving? Is water wet? Do I perform better when I eat? Yes, gosh darn it, yes!

eating during labor

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:

healthy food 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

snacks during labor

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

Can I Eat Sushi While Pregnant?

Yes - The End...Nom Nom Nom!

Wish it were that easy lady. But, its also isn't as hard as everyone makes it out to be either. The real questions that need to be asked--when fantasizing about that tempura crunchy roll-- are:

1. Is it cooked?

        While there are many sushi recipes that include raw fish, there are just as many that include cooked fish. While eating raw cuts of tuna may sound delicious, eating any raw fish increases your risk of ingesting harmful bacteria that can negatively affect you and your baby during your most vulnerable time.

Remember that everything your body takes in is absorbed and passes throughout your organs and blood, and then into your baby's developing body. Our suggestion is stick with cooked fish recipes. Some examples include California rolls, Popcorn Lobster Rolls, or if you're vegan/vegetarian, a veggie roll. Yum!

wait, wait, wait... put that DoorDash app on pause! You still gotta check what types of cooked fish are safest. The next questions helps you choose the roll with more taste, and less neurotoxins.

2. How much mercury is in this fish?

       The possible addition of mercury within your fish might make you want to just say no to fish all together. If you do swear off fish, you're going to want to make sure you're supplementing for the possible missing nutrients, vitamins, and fats you'll also be avoiding.

Now, let's get something straight, you don't need to eat fish to be healthy. Yeah, vegetarians, fruitarians, vegans, elephants, giraffes, etc., all live long healthy lives without the need to consume fish.

For everyone else, just make sure to avoid fish with high levels of mercury such as Tuna, swordfish, tilefish, shark, and king mackerel to name a few. They tend to exceed the 0.3 parts per million classifying the fish as a "High Mercury" fish. Now there are many other fish you might want to avoid because of mercury levels, or just because they're anchovies. *shudders* anchovies. For a full list of fish that are on the "No Bueno" list, and the ones that are okay in portions of 6 oz. or less twice a week, visit the following page: NRDC MERCURY LIST

As always, consult with your primary care physician, midwife, doula, birth professional, or trusted family/friends. ABOVE ALL, do your research!

 

Your Sushi Dream Saving Friend,

Ernie Gochez

 

P.S. I love me some of that vegan bean roll from WholeFoods!