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Covert snacks for the hospital

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
Has anyone snuck 'illegal' nourishment into their hospital birth?

The hospital I'm going to only allows clear liquids.

When I was in my 5 days of painful prodromal labor with my first, I did not want to eat, but feel I might need nourishment this time, especially if I end up with a long labor.

Have you ever snuck food in? If so, what? Did you even want food?

I've been trying to think how I could make little bite-size sunbutter packs...or maybe bring honey sticks?

Although I've always tested negative for blood sugar problems, I definitely feel really horrible when my blood sugar gets low. I know once I go into true labor my body will switch to a different mode though.
post #2 of 38
I'm sneaking in a granola bar. I'll let you know if they confiscate it.
post #3 of 38
Thread Starter 
lol.

I'm counting on my husband and my doula to pretend it's for them.
post #4 of 38
Whenever your nurse leaves the room, you can take a bite of something like a snack/cereal bar. Maybe a luna bar? Oh and maybe some RRL tea, with RRL cubes in a bottle, so they don't know it's not water.

And avoid chips, fine going down, not so much coming up
post #5 of 38
That's such a ridiculous rule! If they weren't so CS happy it would be totally unnecessary.

Anyway, you could just pretend it's for your partner/doula and sneak bites.

In my one hospital birth I ate a PB&J on the way to the hospital. They were so mad when they found out. Whatever.
post #6 of 38
A bag of cashews or trail mix, a protein shake in a can like Spiruteen, stuff like that can fit pretty easily in your bag and you can nosh while they're out of the room. What can they do? It's just a policy, and they can't make you abide by it just because they have to! We snuck in all kinds of stuff - somebody made us a carrot/walnut bread and we brought the whole thing in! Dh was hungry too, after all! They noticed, but all we got were disapproving looks.
post #7 of 38
We don't have a rule like that at our hospital, but in our tranfer bag, we have granola bars and the like - you really can bring in whatever you like and pretend it's your husband's!
post #8 of 38
As a patient, you have rights, and not going with policy, including eating is one of those rights. Studies have shown that there are no more negative outcomes of eating and drinking in labour... I would bring whatever you feel like eating and just doing it.

Here is an article that you could bring with you if ever you want backup...
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/143640.php

btw... when I was in the beginning of labour with ds#2 the midwife sent us out for thai food across the street... it was delicious
post #9 of 38
Pretty much every one of my clients has chosen to sneak food and eat it. Mushy bland foods are good.
post #10 of 38
I always bring juice ice cubes for my clients to the hospital, and some bland kashi cereal, bananas, and some applesauce, and a couple of juice boxes of clear juices. We have some similar things in our transfer bag. I think the key thing is, that for me vomiting is a part of labor... at least around transition so I don't eat anything that would be horrible coming back up (like milk or meat)
Hope this helps.
post #11 of 38
if it were me (and maybe this is just because i'm in a pissy mood anyways)...

i'd bring whatever i wanted in the bag, and make sure i was noshing on a snack (protein/granola bar, something) as i walked in and got registered. and when they glare and say 'you're not supposed to do that', say 'well, damage is already done, no point bowing to so-called policy now...' and keep eating whenever and whatever. really, what can they do? take it away? somehow i don't think anyone would be brave enough to try to tackle a pregnant woman in labor to take her food away...
post #12 of 38
I didn't sneak anything. I ordered a big Turkey, swiss sandwich from the cafeteria when I was in the hospital with #3. If they had an issue I would sign an AMA form.

I really refused to feel like I had to sneak food like I was a prisoner.
post #13 of 38
Seriously?

My hospital has a refreshment area for laboring mothers and their partners - soda, juice, sandwiches, etc during hours that the cafeteria is closed...and the whole menu is available during those hours.

I have a bag of almonds and a few of my favorite granola bars in my bag, but that's because I know I can't get the stuff I really want while there.

Think about it this way, if you were in a horrific car accident today right after having a huge lunch you think they'd NOT do surgery on you because your stomach is full? No, of course they wouldn't even think about it. WHY wouldn't you eat during labor?
post #14 of 38
I'm VBAC, so yeah-they're going to want me NPO while in labor. Ptttt.

I'm taking some granola bars and juice. I will just eat when the nurse isn't in the room and avoid any conflict.
post #15 of 38
When we transferred to the hospital, I ate whole wheat crackers and drank labor-ade the whole way there in the car. While trying to get Edelweiss to turn from breech to vertex in the hospital (at 7cm, no less) I ate peanut butter cracker sandwiches in the bathroom when the nurses left my room. I also sipped water with pulsatilla to try to turn her. When the anesthesiologist asked when I last ate or drank, I lied.

Amy
post #16 of 38
The food I'm bringing in includes trail mix, lara bars and other nutty type snacks. I might add some applesauce and fruit leathers in there - that was a good suggestion. I finally got the "clearance" to eat something at my last labor and I took one bite and was not hungry anymore so it's good to have those things but from my experience eating made me nauseous!
post #17 of 38
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone!

sounds like granola bars are on a lot of people's lists.

i've been eating a lot of pistachios lately, maybe i'll bring some of those.

and maybe i'll make up some little bite sized sunbutter cracker sandwiches.

maybe a banana. dried fruit.


yeah, of course i think the whole not eating thing is utterly ridiculous, but i'd rather sneak food and save my fighting for the baby's eye drops.
post #18 of 38
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Originally Posted by jtrt View Post
When we transferred to the hospital, I ate whole wheat crackers and drank labor-ade the whole way there in the car. While trying to get Edelweiss to turn from breech to vertex in the hospital (at 7cm, no less) I ate peanut butter cracker sandwiches in the bathroom when the nurses left my room. I also sipped water with pulsatilla to try to turn her. When the anesthesiologist asked when I last ate or drank, I lied.

Amy
Couldn't that be dangerous? I mean, if they're not prepared for a full stomach and you start upchucking? I would eat, but be honest if asked, just in case.

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Originally Posted by akat View Post
thanks everyone!

sounds like granola bars are on a lot of people's lists.

i've been eating a lot of pistachios lately, maybe i'll bring some of those.

and maybe i'll make up some little bite sized sunbutter cracker sandwiches.

maybe a banana. dried fruit.


yeah, of course i think the whole not eating thing is utterly ridiculous, but i'd rather sneak food and save my fighting for the baby's eye drops.
This. I've got several friends with hospital horror stories. I decided at the beginning of this pg that if I had to transfer, God forbid, I was going to be the most charming complacent pg patient they ever had. Once I had everyone on my side then the claws would come out for the baby's sake. You know?
post #19 of 38
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Originally Posted by AfricanQueen99 View Post
Seriously?

My hospital has a refreshment area for laboring mothers and their partners - soda, juice, sandwiches, etc during hours that the cafeteria is closed...and the whole menu is available during those hours.

I have a bag of almonds and a few of my favorite granola bars in my bag, but that's because I know I can't get the stuff I really want while there.

Think about it this way, if you were in a horrific car accident today right after having a huge lunch you think they'd NOT do surgery on you because your stomach is full? No, of course they wouldn't even think about it. WHY wouldn't you eat during labor?
Mine had that last time, too. I thought they stopped banning food in labor quite some time ago! But I do like to have my own bananas, protein shakes, electrolyte drinks, and trail mix/granola bars.
post #20 of 38
Thread Starter 
It might be because I'm a VBAC. They have a lot of extra requirements for me. I have to get an IV installed as soon as I get there even though it won't be attached to anything. And I have to be monitored - thankfully the monitors are all remote and waterproof, so that won't limit my mobility...so they say. I also have the only 2 midwives with hospital privileges [CNMs]. It's my understanding that the other hospital in town doesn't allow VBACs at all.

It's weird how backwards both hospitals in town are, considering it's a very liberal town.
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