Pregnancy

Tips to Staying Nourished During Labor

Some of the easy tips to follow during labor include:

  • Eat early and store energy early in labor because when the labor gets heavy and hard,you will not want to eat anything.
  • Eat at regular intervals; that is take small and frequent snacks or meals rather than a large meal.
  • Take high-energy foods that are stomach friendly like complex carbohydrates that will provide slow, steady releases of energy over the hours of hard work to follow during labor.
  • Later, drink or nibble on simple carbohydrates that provideloads of energy, such as fruits, honey and juices. Some mothers munch on energy bars as well. Take foods that are stomach-friendly as some mothers may experience nausea during labor and they suffer from loss of appetite both for eating and drinking.
  • Eat foods that were your favorites during the early nauseous months of pregnancy.
  • Those foods that you tolerated are the ones that can be digested easily.
  • Avoid fatty, fried and gassy foods and carbonated beverages as this may causea loss of energy for digestion, and the mother may not have enough energy during labor.
  • Drink, drink and drink and prevent dehydration which can reduce energy levels and can upset the body’s physiology which leads to slow labor.
  • During early labor, drink at least eight ounces of water every hour and sip in between each contraction.
  • Make sure to bring at least two bottles of your favorite drink.
  • Place these drinks within easy reach of the mother.
  • Laborade which is a time-tested recipe, is a healthy version of the drink that the athletes consume.
  • This drink provides electrolytes, carbohydrates and minerals to balance the metabolic activity.
  • This drink is made using the ingredients given below.
  1. 1/3 cup of lemon juice
  2. 1/3 cup honey
  3. 1/4 – ½  tsp. Salt
  4. 1/4 tsp. of baking soda
  5. 1-2 calcium tablets,crushed and then add water to make one quart.
  • Add an extra eight ounces of water for a mild flavor or blend this with a juice that you like.
  • Intravenous fluids can be given if the mother is too nauseated to eat or drink and if the doctor feels that a mother is becoming dehydrated.
  • If more fluids are being taken by a mother, then more trips to the bathroom, which results in more walking and squatting.
  • These are natural labor stimulator’s that helps in fast labor and the easy delivery of the mother.

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