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post #21 of 50
It's an archaic and outdated practice that isn't backed up by research. I had a very quick labor, with an IV (hadn't planned on it, but ended up with a fever and decided to go with the antibiotics), so I didn't need to eat anythiing, but I can NOT imagine not drinking water during labor. My dh and doula just brought me the ice water, and the nurse looked the other way. We had also brought light snacks to sneak in, but I didn't end up using them.

I don't care what the "hospital policy" says. I am not a sheep. I do the research and then make my own decisions. It's not like the nurses are watching you every second (heck, ours was hardly ever in the room). What are they going to do, pump my stomach after I've eaten?? My dh and doula were there to TELL them I'd eaten if the genreal anesthesia/emergency situation came up, so they could take it into account.
post #22 of 50
Yes, it is outdated, but they still do it, don't they?

Hospital policies change slowly. Not too long ago, women would get routine 3H enema, complete pubic shave, intravenous line, external monitor, internal monitor, vaginal examination to establish progress, put to bed and no food on admission and before the DH was allowed to rejoin his DW.

Anything out of the ordinary is encountered with resistance. Things have changed a bit, but the same people are in charge.

I really think if you want to eat during labor, you should consider a homebirth and stop trying to see what kind of mayhem you can create for the staff during labor. Hospitals are not known for their sense of humor in these situations, especially old labor and delivery nurses.

They have "vays of making you comply mit der master plan"!

And actually, yes, an emergency in labor presents itself and it is necessary to use general anesthesia, they will pump your stomach, although, if it is a true time pinch emergency, I cannot see where the time for that would come in.... Sounds like fun.
post #23 of 50
Such a stupid rule. So, JUST IN CASE, you need an emergency section you aren't supposed to eat, right? Well, what if you're 36 weeks along and have an emergency (can't think of what) that requires an emergency section... oh no!!! You weren't in labor so you didn't know not to eat! Uh oh! So, should pregnant women stop eating in the third trimester, just in case???
~rolls eyes~
post #24 of 50
I tried to eat with my first during early labor, but it came right up. I drank water all the way through, though. I just took a tour of the hospital I will be giving birth at and the nurse also said no eating etc. But she said under her breath "If a pregnant woman wants to eat, she's going to eat...who will stop her?" I agree, if I am hungry, I will eat...granted, it might come up.
post #25 of 50
Wow. I guess I gave birth at a progressive hospital. The nurse brought me fruit and encouraged me to drink water. I didn't eat a lot of fruit, but the little bit was wonderful. She frequently brought me fresh ice water. She was an angel.
post #26 of 50
I saw a midwife recently who said that the policy at the hospital is that I won't be allowed to eat. Then she said, "What you do is bring some snacks for your husband, and if one of those crackers just happens to accidentally fall in your mouth, oh well... Just don't let any of the nurses see it happen." That was pretty encouraging.
post #27 of 50
It's not research-based at all. The one study I know about that discussed aspirating food while under a general anesthesia came to the conclusion that the likelihood of aspirating under a general was related to the experience level of the anesthetist (more skill=fewer aspirations). The actual number of aspirations is very low, low, low.

This thread reminded me of a birth I attended recently. The woman was in the tub pushing, after a fast first stage, and in the minute or so between her pushes she was munching on an apple! Giant, huge bites -- she said she was starving. Then she downed a big glass of milk, got out of the tub (her choice of course), sat on the birth stool, and pushed out her baby. She literally ate til the baby crowned (the apple followed her). It was pretty cute -- she rocked.
post #28 of 50
I had my kids in a birthing center within a hospital. My MW MADE me eat - I wasn't hungry but I'd been up all night laboring and hadn't eaten in about 15 hours. She had DH go fetch muffins and juice - I didn't want any but she insisted, and even hand-fed me. I was getting tired and my blood sugar was getting low. I'm glad she insisted - I didn't give birth for almost 12 more hours and it was a long, tough day. I did need that little bit of sustanance.
post #29 of 50
Yet more reasons to homebirth or at least wait until the last possible second to go to the hospital.
post #30 of 50
I was told no eating or drinking during labor with DS1, they didn't seem to care with DS2. Different hospitals and their policies I guess.
post #31 of 50
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Originally Posted by amydidit
Such a stupid rule. So, JUST IN CASE, you need an emergency section you aren't supposed to eat, right? Well, what if you're 36 weeks along and have an emergency (can't think of what) that requires an emergency section... oh no!!! You weren't in labor so you didn't know not to eat! Uh oh! So, should pregnant women stop eating in the third trimester, just in case???
~rolls eyes~
Actually they might do what the : nurse did to me when I had to go back into surgery following a tonsillectomy that bled. I obviously didn't know that morning that I'd be back under general when my throat began bleeding, so when they administered the IV, the nurse was *nice* enough to press her thumb against my esophogus, basically pinching it off, so incase I vomitted, it would stay in my digestive track and not enter my larynx. Grrr ... it hurt and felt like I was being choked!

ETA: And yep, I wasn't allowed to eat with either boy (both hospital births) though with ds#2 I was only there for about 50 minutes before I started pushing and honestly didn't eat all day at home because I couldn't fathom the thought of it. With ds#1 though I was there about 5 hours before pushing and was given ice chips only. I remember asking my fil to go get me breakfast as soon as ds was born; I was starving!

I'm looking forward to my homebirth - no stupid rules like that to "follow".
post #32 of 50
Do you that you can still aspirate on your stomach acid if you didn't eat and had to for some reason have an emergency C-Section under general anesthesia?

It is a "rule" at our hospitals too but the nurses will turn a blind eye if you bring/eat food.

As for me, I homebirth but I never really wanted to eat much in labour. I couple pieces of fruit and that's it. After my DD was born I was told not to eat by my midwives because it looked like I might need surgery. DD was born at 2:30pm and it was near midnight when they *the OBs...I was transferred after the birth* decided I wouldn't need surgery. We couldn't find food at that hour and the next morning they brought me a liquid diet...******AHG*****

Katrina
post #33 of 50
I knew they wouldn't let me eat at the hospital where I had dd (we're using a different birthing center this time) so when my water broke, I sat down w/ a big bowl of soy ice cream & strawberries because I had been looking forward to it & knew I wouldn't get to eat for awhile . I wasn't having any serious/regular contractions at that point, so I figured, why not?

The birthing center we are using this time is pretty liberal about eating during labor - they recommend you keep it light, but they don't forbid you from eating.
post #34 of 50
I was in labor for 37 hours total. THIRTY SEVEN. I'd like to have seen someone try to keep me from eating.

Of course, I HB'd with a fantabulous mw, so there was no issue. But, really; I'd like to have seen someone TRY.
post #35 of 50
That's the rule where we gave birth, too. BUT, I also birthed with midwives who said, "so, you bring a canvas bag or a backpack that can't be seen through...here's what we suggest you pack(easily digestible, high energy foods). If anyone sees you eating, you tell them you're my patient and I ok'd it, but they should already know that and not say anything."

As it was, I got to the hospital well into active labor (at min of 6.5 cm), and I had eaten plenty at home...wasn't in the mood for snacking any more either time. I did drink water and gatorade all the way through both labors and births, even at the hospital. And not even the intake nurse blinked an eye. Here's something I've learned from spending a lot of time in hospitals, though. If you act like it's perfectly natural and allowed, the staff tends to believe it's so...Not everywhere, of course, but I tend to act first (as long as I know it's evidence based and safe), beg apology (or not) later!
post #36 of 50
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jlpolzin
But they do know why...because their doctors said so!
Excellent point.
post #37 of 50
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MerryOne
It's pretty much standard all over the world, that you aren't allowed more that fluids when in labour, when I had ds 10 years ago where I had him (caribbean) allowed ice chips only.
And all my friends who were training were taught the same thing no matter where they went to med school
But see if it's standard, why was I allowed to eat when DD was born almost 9 years ago? We had food lined up on the windowsill and not one nurse mentioned at anytime that I shouldn't touch the food and shouldn't eat. I suppose they could have mentioned it to my family or my midwife who didn't bother to tell me...
post #38 of 50
I don't think it is standard all over the world. It is a very Western doctor thing. My midwives encouraged me to eat.
post #39 of 50
Around here, it's the anesthesiologists' call...I was told by a midwife at my OB practice that it's outdated policy, but they don't have a say in it. Basically, if a practitioner ticks off the anesthesiologists, they might lose their hospital privileges...and there's only one hospital in town.
post #40 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by MerryOne
It's pretty much standard all over the world
Not true - it's only in America. Henci Goer has an entire chapter on why this practice is wrong (not to mention stupid) in "A Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth".
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