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<p>I don't think I am going to get a homebirth after - and I am just sick of going back and forth and worrying about it. So....one of the bad memories I had with my first birth was that I couldn't eat for like 3 days. If I go in too early (I am using a doula and I hope that helps, but the hospital is about 50 minutes away) and need to eat (the midwives said at least I could sneak something, just don't get caught) what are good snacks to pack in a bag? I had a few granola bars last time and they really didn't fill me up, of course I only bought 2 with me.  And should I bring bottled water? or something like gatorade?</p>
 

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<p>I sent DH out for sandwiches :)  There were so rarely people in our room (the nurse would come in every once and a while and poke at the machines and at me, and the OB came in even less) that I could pretty much do what I wanted.  I'd pack some snack foods, like you suggested, and some cash for your DH to run to the cafeteria or to a sandwich place if things seem to be going slowly.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>lach</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284408/sneaking-food-into-l-d#post_16103430"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I sent DH out for sandwiches :)  There were so rarely people in our room (the nurse would come in every once and a while and poke at the machines and at me, and the OB came in even less) that I could pretty much do what I wanted.</p>
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I hope it's that way, but with my birth before I guess because I was induced, I had like 3-4 nurses and then they brought in a a group of nursing students. It was a free for all! I am hoping that maybe since I have a doula and midwife, they will leave me alone. I am vbac, so who knows how many nurses will come check on me. Last time I sent DH to the cafeteria, the OB came in and told me to start pushing, so I think he might be afraid he will miss something if I told him to leave!</p>
 

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<p>Maybe pack some pb&j.  Crackers, cheese, fruit, I am going to eat before I go in too.  My doula suggested something that is easy on your stomach.  (Not taco bell)  I think last time I was in labor I had a BLT in the hospital and it was divine!  for some reason while I am growing a baby I really want bacon!</p>
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<p>i have been thinking about this lately. and wondering two things, could they really stop you if you just said, "i understand that is your preference but its my body and i choose to have food"</p>
<p>and if you are going to eat isn't it better that they know so that is in the smallest chance they do give you general anesthesia, that they know that you have food in your stomach and are prepared to deal with that fact. if they think that you have been fasting and you haven't they might deal with it differently?</p>
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<p>if i ended up in a hospital situation i feel like i would want to eat for all the good reasons that we know and that i would straight up tell them that is what I'm doing, so they can write it in my chart and be aware of it and do what they felt like they needed to do.</p>
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<p>just what i have been thinking</p>
 
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>lillymonster</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284408/sneaking-food-into-l-d#post_16103414"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I don't think I am going to get a homebirth after - and I am just sick of going back and forth and worrying about it. So....one of the bad memories I had with my first birth was that I couldn't eat for like 3 days. If I go in too early (I am using a doula and I hope that helps, but the hospital is about 50 minutes away) and need to eat (the midwives said at least I could sneak something, just don't get caught) what are good snacks to pack in a bag? I had a few granola bars last time and they really didn't fill me up, of course I only bought 2 with me.  And should I bring bottled water? or something like gatorade?</p>
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I believe most labor and delivery wards allow for water and clear fluids to some degree or another (like popsicles).  You shouldn't have to worry about liquids. I don't have any suggestions besides granola bars and peanut butter crackers, but you can always bring food home if you don't eat it so pack extra.  That's just my 2 cents, but I'm a huge over packer. </p>
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<p>I think some snacks and some money for food is a good idea. I can never understand how they can just let a laboring woman starve.. with my second hospital birth my Dr. encouraged me to eat! And I was delivering maybe 3 hours later.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Adorkable~</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284408/sneaking-food-into-l-d#post_16103782"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>i have been thinking about this lately. and wondering two things, could they really stop you if you just said, "i understand that is your preference but its my body and i choose to have food"</p>
<p>and if you are going to eat isn't it better that they know so that is in the smallest chance they do give you general anesthesia, that they know that you have food in your stomach and are prepared to deal with that fact. if they think that you have been fasting and you haven't they might deal with it differently?</p>
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<p>if i ended up in a hospital situation i feel like i would want to eat for all the good reasons that we know and that i would straight up tell them that is what I'm doing, so they can write it in my chart and be aware of it and do what they felt like they needed to do.</p>
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<p>just what i have been thinking</p>
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I don't know...I was going by the advice of the midwives you said "don't let the nurses see it" So I have no idea how strict or necessary it is to tell someone. I am doing a vbac, and I guess this comes up a lot. They also said do wait at home as long as possible. From what 1 midwife in the group told me, there is so little chance of anything happening if you do need general anesthesia it's not worth mentioning because you won't really aspirate unless it's like a heavy meal. I know the nurses are much stricter then the midwives so it might be a battle between them at the hospital of "following code".</p>
 

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<p>yeah i understand feeling like you don't even want to deal with yet another thing with the nurses for sure!</p>
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<p>my DH is a medic and has worked in ER's in the past for many years, we were  talking food in my birth class last night and he mentioned as he has said before that in a full general anesthesia situation the patient is nearly always intibated as well, that protects a number of things but also usually would protect an airway from vomit. since so often when someone comes in to the ER they have no idea or control over how much and when they had last eaten. </p>
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<p>so yeah the same thing would be the case if your labor was super fast and/or you had stayed home for most of it.</p>
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<p>so i agree now that i think of it i doubt telling them would really matter that much. i guess I'm just one to pick fights of policy since i hate the policies sooo very much.</p>
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<p>as for what kind of food? my doula was talking about that last night as well and her recommendation was to eat a really good full meal when labor started that included complete proteins and then for later think about things that are easily digested and comforting. Non acidic fruits, single serving yogurts, protein shakes, electrolyte drinks (i prefer coconut water as mine and that is even probably on the OK to have list) that was some of of the things we came up with in our chat..</p>
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<p>sorry you are on this up and down with your birth plans, </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Adorkable~</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284408/sneaking-food-into-l-d#post_16103782"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>i have been thinking about this lately. and wondering two things, could they really stop you if you just said, "i understand that is your preference but its my body and i choose to have food"</p>
<p>and if you are going to eat isn't it better that they know so that is in the smallest chance they do give you general anesthesia, that they know that you have food in your stomach and are prepared to deal with that fact. if they think that you have been fasting and you haven't they might deal with it differently? </p>
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DDCC ... With dd#1 (hospital birth), they were VERY strict about this policy.  We did sneak in granola bars, and I had a couple of lollipops (the lady who taught our CB classes suggested them).  I didn't get caught with the granola bars, but a nurse took a sucker out of my mouth and threw it away.  <span><img alt="Cuss.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="width:33px;height:36px;"></span>  I don't remember how long I'd been there at that point, but my total labor was 31 hours and the only food I had were the couple of granola bars we brought.<br>
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<p>I am planning on brining a couple of those "Naked Juice" smoothies. I normally make my own smoothies and avoid packaged stuff, but I think they would stay nice and cold in an insulated bag in my bag of stuff, and they are so energizing and easy to digest.</p>
 

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ERY strict about this policy.  We did sneak in granola bars, and I had a couple of lollipops (the lady who taught our CB classes suggested them).  I didn't get caught with the granola bars, but a nurse took a sucker out of my mouth and threw it away.  <span><img alt="Cuss.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="width:33px;height:36px;"></span></div>
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<p>if someone did that to me they would have been slapped, im not joking even the slightest. i can just see now security being called. Can you see why my dh is more supportive of a HB for me that he might otherwise be considering his medical job? i think at this point his worse fear about birth is me getting into knock down drag out fights with the entire hospital!<br>
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<p>i guess i need to work on calming down...</p>
 
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>lach</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284408/sneaking-food-into-l-d#post_16103430"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I sent DH out for sandwiches :)  There were so rarely people in our room (the nurse would come in every once and a while and poke at the machines and at me, and the OB came in even less) that I could pretty much do what I wanted.</p>
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I hope it's that way, but with my birth before I guess because I was induced, I had like 3-4 nurses and then they brought in a a group of nursing students. It was a free for all! I am hoping that maybe since I have a doula and midwife, they will leave me alone. I am vbac, so who knows how many nurses will come check on me.</p>
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<p>I had a ton of people in and out of my room as well, including students.  It was a circus.  I have already told my OB that I only want necessary personnel and NO students at my birth.  I'm a VBAC as well and I'm using hypnobabies so I want as few interruptions as possible.  I have informed my husband and doula of my wishes so they will be there to shoo people away.</p>
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ERY strict about this policy.  We did sneak in granola bars, and I had a couple of lollipops (the lady who taught our CB classes suggested them).  I didn't get caught with the granola bars, but a nurse took a sucker out of my mouth and threw it away.  <span><img alt="Cuss.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="width:33px;height:36px;"></span></div>
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<p>if someone did that to me they would have been slapped, im not joking even the slightest. i can just see now security being called. Can you see why my dh is more supportive of a HB for me that he might otherwise be considering his medical job? i think at this point his worse fear about birth is me getting into knock down drag out fights with the entire hospital!<br>
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<p>i guess i need to work on calming down...</p>
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LOL, I understand completely!  If it happened now it'd have been a totally different outcome.  At the time, I was exhausted, beat-down, scared, and completely out of it.  I just wanted to do whatever I could to make them stop being mean to me.  It was a horrible, horrible experience and I will NEVER be treated like that again.</p>
 

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yeah, i pity the nurse that would have tried that with me. i did have an "encounter" with the nurse that took me up to L&D because i didn't want to sit in the wheelchair. she tried to physically force me in the seat and it took all my strength not to punch her. she did get a very firm, "get your hands off of me right now" and the look of death. was effective.</p>
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ERY strict about this policy.  We did sneak in granola bars, and I had a couple of lollipops (the lady who taught our CB classes suggested them).  I didn't get caught with the granola bars, but a nurse took a sucker out of my mouth and threw it away.  <span><img alt="Cuss.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="width:33px;height:36px;"></span></div>
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<p>if someone did that to me they would have been slapped, im not joking even the slightest. i can just see now security being called. Can you see why my dh is more supportive of a HB for me that he might otherwise be considering his medical job? i think at this point his worse fear about birth is me getting into knock down drag out fights with the entire hospital!<br>
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<p>i guess i need to work on calming down...</p>
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<p>The hospital where I had 2/3 of my previous births was pretty strict about everything.  Total nightmare.  However, as others have said most of the time they (obs and nurses) aren't in the room.  I ate and drank through all three labors as much as I felt like.  I packed snacks, sent people to the machine.  I have never thrown up or anything like that.  I even ate/drank with my one induction.  No one ever caught me.  There were always other people in the room who I could throw the food to if I needed to.  I was always kind of afraid of being caught but I would have told anyone off who said something about it anyway. I  just wanted to avoid it.</p>
 
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