ice chips ice chips ice chips!!!
don't you know the American Birthing Machine runs on ice chips and 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 PUSH!!!! commands!
Nothing by mouth is an archaic, and often practiced, hospital rule that limits surgery patients--and OB patients, who are ALL POTENTIAL surgery patients--to nothing, or ice chips, to prevent a potential (and rare) complication of aspirating food contents into the lungs during general anesthesia.
who would run a marathon on ice chips?!?!?! you need water and food! labor is hard work!
Here's another great article from the same magazine: