I guess that's routine, but isn't that sort of crazy when you're pregnant? I know in hospitals laboring women often aren't allowed water or ice.
I am scheduled for a cesarean birth tomorrow because my baby is breech (long story). It is scheduled for 1pm. The hospital did a pre-admission process over the phone this morning and told me not to have any food, water, candy, or ice from 12 midnight tonight until after the birth.
However, the midwife at my OB's office had told me no food from 6am tomorrow on. I can understand no food, and no water once they start the IV a couple of hours beforehand, but going 12 hours with no fluids at all sounds crazy to me. I've had issues with low amniotic fluid and dehydration during the last few weeks and unless I stay well-hydrated (including drinking water at night), I get EXTREMELY thirsty, my hands and feet swell up, and I get lots of contractions.
I guess they want to eliminate any risk of aspiration or something, but does it make sense to intentionally go into a surgical procedure all dehydrated? Could no water from 12 midnight to 11am the next day (when they hook up the IV) put stress on the baby?
Were you able to drink water a few hours before your C/S?