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post #21 of 38
I just never got why I should lie, or hide it for that matter.

I am not usually hungry when I am in labor, but if I am, I will eat whatever I want no matter who is around. I just laughed when I was having my son and the nurse told my DH that he could have some sode but that I could not have anything. I just sent him back to get another one after I finished his.

If they would have asked, I would have told them. They just happened to not be around when I drank it.
post #22 of 38
I just do what I want. If I'm hungry I eat if I'm not I don't. What exactly are they going to do to me if I refuse to follow a no food policy? Steal it (take it away)? Stealing is going to cause serious problems to who ever does physically takes it away from me. I'm talking calling the cops or security. I'm not a prinsoner once I walk into a hospital. As an informed paticent of the hospital I know that there is little risk to eating while in labor and big ones if I don't. And any hospital/doctor/nurse who is informed will as well.

The no food by mouth order is mostly a hold over from the days of twilight sleep. And it's not like they are going to refuse to do an emergancy C just because you've eaten, after all they operate on injured car accident victims if needed after the accident no matter when they've eaten.
post #23 of 38
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I dunno, I was a homebirth/emergency transfer with my son - to the other hospital in town. The attitude in the hospital is that home birth is child abuse.

As far as what can they do to you if you 'break their rules' or if you don't just go along with what they want...well, sometimes they can make things just tough for you in general.

I'm not worried about them wrestling away the food, I'm more worried about them hassling me and keeping the baby in the hospital longer than is really necessary because they feel negatively toward me/don't trust me, etc.
post #24 of 38
Sigh...seriously they don't want you to eat in labor at a hospital? My husband and I took that out of the birth plan 'cause we thought it is self understood to eat when you are hungry. I am awful when I am "undersugared" and we already packed lots of snacks in the hospital bag (mostly crackers, granola bars). I was even thinking of preparing some sandwiches when I am in early labor so I can eat right after birth as well.
post #25 of 38
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I dunno, I was a homebirth/emergency transfer with my son - to the other hospital in town. The attitude in the hospital is that home birth is child abuse.

As far as what can they do to you if you 'break their rules' or if you don't just go along with what they want...well, sometimes they can make things just tough for you in general.

I'm not worried about them wrestling away the food, I'm more worried about them hassling me and keeping the baby in the hospital longer than is really necessary because they feel negatively toward me/don't trust me, etc.
This is a valid concern if you must birth in a hospital.
post #26 of 38
Our hospital has a fridge stocked with sandwhiches, cheese, yogurts and juice for patients. I was encouraged to eat to keep my energy up but eating is the last thing on my mind when I'm in labour. Instead I drink lots of electrolyte type drinks and juice.

I don't get why you can't eat but for me, I prefer to be the placent (to a point) patient and fight for what's really important to me. Plus I too would sneak in some granola bars.
post #27 of 38
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I'm not worried about them wrestling away the food, I'm more worried about them hassling me and keeping the baby in the hospital longer than is really necessary because they feel negatively toward me/don't trust me, etc.
Yes, yes, yes, yes yes! If I should end up in a hospital with my next, I will be fighting for a lot in a hostile place. (VBAC, no interventions) I'm not wasting my energy on silly policies like eating.

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Sigh...seriously they don't want you to eat in labor at a hospital? My husband and I took that out of the birth plan 'cause we thought it is self understood to eat when you are hungry. I am awful when I am "undersugared" and we already packed lots of snacks in the hospital bag (mostly crackers, granola bars). I was even thinking of preparing some sandwiches when I am in early labor so I can eat right after birth as well.
I took that out of my birth plan (last time and next time) because I know that they are not going to "allow" it, and I am not going to listen to them. So why bother?

None of the many, many hospitals here allow eating and drinking in labor, from what I know.

And I also lied about when I last ate when I went in for my section - grabbed a banana on my way out the door because I hadn't eaten in 18 hours and I knew they were going to starve me. (Good thing too - they starved me for over 24 hours.)
post #28 of 38
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I'm not worried about them wrestling away the food, I'm more worried about them hassling me and keeping the baby in the hospital longer than is really necessary because they feel negatively toward me/don't trust me, etc.
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This is a valid concern if you must birth in a hospital.
IDK, for my hospital birth, I had to be assertive and made a general nussance of myself. And sure, I had to fight for what I wanted, but that just made them more than happy to be rid of me.

I supose it may not work that way all the time, but, I will not give up my rights for fear of retaliation. I will just be vigilant, knowledgeable and well educated on my patient rights, and understanding of the care I need so I can made informed decisions (not to mention having a good advocate there to cover your back!).
post #29 of 38
I brought food in case I was hungry, but I didn't want to eat AT ALL while I was in labor. I forced myself to eat a granola bar on the way to the hospital because I went into labor first thing in the morning and I hadn't eaten since dinnertime the night before. All in all I went about 24 hours without eating and still wasn't starving. But, on the other hand, I normally don't have blood sugar issues and easily go 12 hours without eating under normal circumstances.

I like bringing peanut butter (or any nut butter) because I think one spoonful would give you lots of good energy and it's nothing much to chew. I also bring chewy granola bars, although normally I prefer crunchy ones.
post #30 of 38
They make these little packets of almond butter mixed with honey or maple syrup. They sell them at REI (camping store). They are delicious. I would also bring a sportsdrink with electrolytes. Bananas are good. I have also heard of bringing a box of chocolates to give your labor and delivery nurses (bribery). But maybe you should eat what I eat at my birth (at home) rice crispy treats. I know that is disgusting, but it goes down easily and gives a lot of energy. Also my mom made them for me and I couldn't resist. Yum. If you want to continue with the junk food cereal theme, I also like Chex cereal made into "muddy buddies." You add chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter and melt together, dump in the cereal and shake in a plastic bag with powdered sugar. Okay, so maybe I'll end up with thrush after all that white flour and sugar, but when I'm in labor, it sounds like a good idea. Don't judge me, I'm normally a nourishing traditions purist
post #31 of 38
I'd recommend that you bring stuff - don't assume your husband will go to the cafeteria to get food. Recharge ("natural Gatorade") was a life-saver for me - I drank 3 large bottles of it. I also had those packets of almond butter and peanut butter a PP mentioned. A honey energy bar also worked for me.

I was a (successful!) VBAC in a hospital with a midwife. Like you, I had to get an IV as soon as I got there, and was in the Jacuzzi tub with the waterproof monitor. I just kept drinking my Recharge, and never asked permission. I intended to eat as well, but forgot with the intensity of the labor. After pushing for 2 hours my contractions petered out. My midwife asked if I had any food with me, and if I did, she thinks my blood sugar is low and I need to eat. As I was eating my energy bar I asked her if eating was a good idea during pushing. She just shrugged and smiled, and said my body is getting tired. Sure enough, it came back up later during pushing, but I don't regret eating. Lesson: Always eat something that comes up as easily as it goes down. (I'm not sure how easily granola will be coming up.)

* Refuse to follow the No Eating rule - it's safer for you to be nourished. The problem with food in your stomach is from the years of twilight sleep - we don't do that anymore. Even the drugs from a C-section can handle food.
* Don't lie! Look them straight in the eye and tell them the truth.
* Have food and drink with you.
* Have soft foods. It's not a big deal if they come back up. You will be focusing on your baby!

Good luck with your VBAC!
post #32 of 38
Thread Starter 
They do allow clear liquids, so ReCharge wouldn't be a problem.
post #33 of 38
I am taking granola bars, almonds, spicy nuts. I don't expect to actually eat since my last labor was pretty fast and the one bite of pb sandwich I had tasted like dirt but I'd like the option. Besides, I can always eat them later.
post #34 of 38
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Originally Posted by Sweetiemommy View Post
They make these little packets of almond butter mixed with honey or maple syrup. They sell them at REI (camping store). They are delicious. I would also bring a sportsdrink with electrolytes.
Ooh, thanks for the reminder! I need to pack my coconut water. And that bottle of wine (for after the birth, of course! ).
post #35 of 38
Crashing...I've never really gone along with any rules re: eating during labor, but I've also never flaunted my "non-compliance". With my last birth, my OB told me to stop and eat on the way into the hospital, and we did. We also got food to go to take with us.

My husband usually eats his way though my labors, so I just make sure he's eating something I want, and I eat if I'm so inclined-which usually amounts to a few bites of something here and there. I'm a big fan of sandwiches during labor and the first few days following the birth . I'm also a transition vomiter, so I do try to keep in mind, what does down, will come up. Even with that being the case, I still pretty much eat whatever I want.
post #36 of 38
I had a box of granola bars in my bag, but the thing I took most comfort in was little packets of honey and peanut butter that I'd hoarded from breakfasts and hotels. I am pretty sure whatever it is you are eating or craving can be made in to a stealth snack. I was afraid of starving in labor, hence the granola and secret sachets. I had my husband make me a BLT while he was waiting for me to get ready for the hospital transfer. It kept him busy and made me feel more secure :^)
post #37 of 38
Thread Starter 
I made my list [we'll bring a little soft cooler]:

string cheese
grapes
apple slices
banana
pistachios [a lot of nuts can give me acid stomach pain - but pistachios are really agreeing with me right now]
sunbutter cracker sandwiches

grape juice
RRL tea
post #38 of 38
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Originally Posted by Sweetiemommy View Post
They make these little packets of almond butter mixed with honey or maple syrup. They sell them at REI (camping store). They are delicious. I would also bring a sportsdrink with electrolytes. Bananas are good. I have also heard of bringing a box of chocolates to give your labor and delivery nurses (bribery). But maybe you should eat what I eat at my birth (at home) rice crispy treats. I know that is disgusting, but it goes down easily and gives a lot of energy. Also my mom made them for me and I couldn't resist. Yum. If you want to continue with the junk food cereal theme, I also like Chex cereal made into "muddy buddies." You add chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter and melt together, dump in the cereal and shake in a plastic bag with powdered sugar. Okay, so maybe I'll end up with thrush after all that white flour and sugar, but when I'm in labor, it sounds like a good idea. Don't judge me, I'm normally a nourishing traditions purist
Ok, now I want all those things...for right now...my sweet tooth has kicked up a notch this week, ugh!

My hospital is another that encourages eating and drinking throughout your birth. They have little refrigerators in the rooms and kitchenettes on both sides of the unit as well as a beverage room. At the suggestion and advice of my midwives (since I've never done this before) we are bringing Recharge, graham crackers (honey) and peanut butter, bagels, probably string cheese. The cafeteria is closed 7PM to early morning, so we really only need to worry about having stuff between that time. Otherwise it is room service for whatever we want.
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