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Best thing to be drinking during labor?

post #1 of 44
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I wont be eating much because I get very nauseous and vomity (new word!) during labor. So what would be the best thing to keep my energy up and stay nice and hydrated? Water? Gatorade? Something else?

Thanks!
post #2 of 44
I think its called recharge. I drank that. I vomited the whole labor even through pushing. until she was out. I also threw up the first 27 weeks of my pregnancy every day and night. I did have a disorder though. ANd it wasn't an eating disorder LOL!
post #3 of 44
unsweetened peppermint tea was a lifesaver for me during my last labor.
post #4 of 44
I'd go with a tea or plain water. Recharge (natural version of gatorade) is great if you need to replace electrolytes. Avoid anything acidic (orange juice = horrible to vomit). Some people recommend "white" sodas (like 7-up, ginger ale, Sprite) but I personally find sodas awful when they come back up - I was given some Sprite to drink during my first labor and cannot stand the stuff ever since.
post #5 of 44
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Originally Posted by hubris View Post
... I personally find sodas awful when they come back up
In addition to being terrible tasting the contain a lot of sugar. If you're going to take in some sugars it is best to get them from a natural source (as opposed to the chemically altered high fructose corn syrup).

I love Recharge. and of course...Water is always recommended.
post #6 of 44
I really like emerg-C and odwalla's green drink.
post #7 of 44
I drank Gatorade and water, but I have since cut HFCS out of my diet completely so I will probably try Recharge instead next time. I am not a puker though. I never had morning sickness and I never got sick during labor either. I gagged once when my midwife had me eat honey straight off a spoon but that was just because it tasted nasty!
post #8 of 44
Cold water. I had bought Gatorade, emergen-c, etc. to have on hand but none of it was appealing at the time.
post #9 of 44
I sipped mango juice through my labor and really enjoyed it. I think I was also offered water, but I kept asking for more mango juice.
post #10 of 44
I threw up alot during my pg and became addicted to lemonade. So I sipped lemonade during labor.
post #11 of 44
Honey--either straight or in tea or lemonade or water etc...
post #12 of 44
Vodka???




Roflol! Just kidding, I don't even drink alcohol, I couldn't resist!

I drank RRL tea with honey! After the birth, chugged some Emergen-C, Chicken broth, and then ate like a starved pig!! :P
post #13 of 44
I mentioned this in another thread, but I now strongly encourage that moms drink a sports drink for at least part of their hydration, especially if you're not able to eat anything during a long labor. I used to just encourate "fluids", but my last mom had a seizure from an electrolyte imbalance after a long labor remaining "well hydrated" with water. Like anything else it's not a requirement and if the mom is opposed I can't make her drink it, but as long as it's an option I'd go with Gatorade or equivalent.
post #14 of 44
Recharge was awesome during my last labor. I don't vomit until it's almost time to push
post #15 of 44
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I drank RRL tea with honey!
Oh, cool. I was about to ask about this. I've read the 'drink a gigantic brew of RRL as soon as your labour starts' idea, but I wasn't sure if you were supposed/allowed to keep sipping it for the rest of the event. Did you notice it made any difference to the pain, or anything (she asks hopefully)?

I've been trying to make myself drink hot RRL tea with honey, which isn't much fun in hot weather, but last night I tried some cold and unsweetened, and found it surprisingly pleasant.
post #16 of 44
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post
Oh, cool. I was about to ask about this. I've read the 'drink a gigantic brew of RRL as soon as your labour starts' idea, but I wasn't sure if you were supposed/allowed to keep sipping it for the rest of the event. Did you notice it made any difference to the pain, or anything (she asks hopefully)?

I've been trying to make myself drink hot RRL tea with honey, which isn't much fun in hot weather, but last night I tried some cold and unsweetened, and found it surprisingly pleasant.
I've birthed 6 children, so it's very difficult to gage "pain" levels..For me, I think the RRL tea helped keep the contrax from petering out, but didn't make them any more intense, kwim? Honey kept my blood sugar levels up, and I ate light foods, as well!
The only thing, that helped "lessen" pain, for me, was to relax, and let go...MUCH easier said, than done, but when you release the fear/anxiety, and can find a comfortable place (for me, it was a warm tub) and just go with the contrax, and to not fight them (try not to tense up, but to "let go")..you'll find labor goes a bit more smoothly
btw, the placenta was not going to give up it's job, so easily, with my last birth...the cord kept pulsing for almost an hour! So I took a couple of dropperfuls of Angelica in some water, to speed things up!
More than you asked for, eh? lol!
post #17 of 44
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post
I've been trying to make myself drink hot RRL tea with honey, which isn't much fun in hot weather, but last night I tried some cold and unsweetened, and found it surprisingly pleasant.
You can stir the honey in hot RRL tea until it dissolves and then refrigerate it to make iced tea.

And WHERE are you to be having hot weather---I'm jealous!!! Just ignore if you don't want to tell the state/country on the internet, I understand
post #18 of 44
I drank Poweraid.
post #19 of 44
The only thing could drink was water - ANYTHING else made me incredibly nauseous. I know that my midwives wanted me to drink apple juice.
post #20 of 44
Have some selections available, things you usually like to drink when you're not in labor. I agree with Nashvillemw--water alone will not be enough if your labor is longish and especially you don't feel up to eating anything. That said, I have plenty of moms who only want water--but these moms have either had fairly short labors, or they were able to eat a few bites of something here and there to keep up their blood sugar and electrolytes.

I'm real 'non-interventive' but I do get a little pushy about getting in some calories after mom has labored 6hrs or so since last meal (unless of course she is just about to push baby out anyway). Juices/electrolyte drinks/sweetened teas/broth, light foods that mom either wants or at least feels she can manage like some yogurt, soup, toast. Once had a mom who really didn't want anything but water, and at about 14hrs from last pre-labor meal, she started to report dizziness and nausea (and possible transport). She felt those symptoms were a good reason NOT to try to eat. But I suggested that maybe they were symptoms of low blood sugar. We got her to eat some yogurt and a couple bites of granola bar....and she made an amazing recovery of her energy and pain tolerance, symptoms disappeared.

Point being that drinks are for fluid, and can also be for calories/electrolytes--all of which are necessary for a woman engaging in what is, after all, demanding physical LABOR
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