I'm 35 weeks with my 5th baby and gearing up for birth. This will be my first natural experience though and I am delivering at a natural friendly hospital with a midwife. She told me that I can bring snacks if I want to munch on through labor. I've never been allowed to eat during labor before, so I have no idea what to bring. Any suggestions?
Fledgling midwife on hiatus, Wife to B, mama to C (c/s 12/04) and S (12/07), m/c (3/12) and expecting another bean 6/13 .
My go-to labor food is a banana-peanut butter smoothie. My midwife made me one with my first labor and I craved it for my second. Easy to digest and comforting.
SAHM to DS BuggaBoo 12/07, and DD Doozer 03/10. Sharing life with The Hubby since 01/05.
Katie - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13
I'm in awe of all the ladies that can and want to eat during labor. I labored for 24 hours (not counting the contractions I'd been having for weeks, I started labor already 100% effaced and fairly dilated), and let me tell you, I didn't want a single, solitary thing to eat. Not so much as a Jolly Rancher (which my husband had lovingly purchased and had ready for me, since they're my #1 garbage candy to eat).
Right afterwards though? Ha. My breakfast order was literally "one of everything". (No, I didn't actually manage to eat it all.)
And on 09/23/2011, we were three; husband, daughter, and me!
I associate birth with cravings so its hard to predict what would appeal to others. For me, I suddenly craved grape juice. No other juice would do, and I had had no similar craving for grape juice in pregnancy.
mmm...I'm thinking that fruits sounds really good and also the smoothie, but I don't think that will travel well :)
And I may not even want to eat...I was just so excited to be "allowed" to!
With both of mine I had no desire to eat once I was in active labour, but ate normally in early labour.
This time my plan includes the fruit puree freezies from Trader Joes.
Make sure you have good access to food post partum. With my second, the first thing my nurse brought to the post partum room was a sandwich. I loved him. It was 1 am and the kitchen was closed.
With my first the next morning my breakfast order was pretty much "one of everything" too, and I ate it all (best bacon ever).
Mama to J (Jan '09), E (May '11), and C (August, '13)
Professional Cloth Diaper at Diaper Lab in Boston (ask me about laundry)
I loved naked juice's "green machine" when I was in labor. Make sure you bring straws! For some reason it is absolutely impossible to drink normally from a cup when you are in labor :)
Eggs, popcicles, juice, soup, stew, fruit, veggies, rice & beans (I'm latin), toast, broth, tea, honey, applesauce (those little pouch applesauces are something I keep in my doula bag and mom's are always stocked to see them), miso soup, yogurt, cheese, crackers....
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