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    Hi all!

    The birthing center where I plan to give birth allows and encourages eating and drinking during labor. One of the natural birthing books I read recommended drinking a sports drink (how natural, right?) or tea with honey -- something other than water -- to stay hydrated during active labor. My question is, what would be more primal to drink than a sports drink? I'm planning on bringing iced tea with honey, but what else? Maybe some kind of probiotic lemon or lime drink, or maybe coconut water? Also, do you have any recommendations for eating? I've seen women packing crackers and chocolate bars in their hospital bags, but I'm definitely not doing that. I was thinking carrots and hard boiled eggs, but what else?

    Thanks!
    ma blog: http://happybeehive.wordpress.com/

  • #2
    Water. Fruit. Jerky. Nuts.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

    Griff's cholesterol primer
    5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
    Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
    TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
    bloodorchid is always right

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    • #3
      Coconut water might be the natural equivalent of a sports drink. Some simple carbs along with a few electrolytes.

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      • #4
        You can pack whatever you feel like -- but once you are in active labour -- you'll be lucky to take in a few ice chips. Stay home as long as possible and go into the labour centre when you can't stay home any longer. If you think this is going to be a buffet or something, do a little reality check. Pain has a lovely way of supressing appetite and your body is going to need every ounce of effort to birth a baby versus dealing with digestion. I birthed four (my last two were twins).....I had a midwife for all babies --- never ate a damn thing once I got to the birthing room. Just my personal experience.

        Edit: Actually, in hindsight....could have used a shot of Remy Martin or cognac.....
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        Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
        Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

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        • #5
          I gave advice but forgot to ask some key questions: Are you the family support team or the woman giving birth? If you are the support team, then bring whatever you damn well please. If you are the birthing mother ---- you'll need a good support partner and an empty stomach.
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          F, 48, 5'10"
          Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
          Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

          Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Louisa655 View Post
            You can pack whatever you feel like -- but once you are in active labour -- you'll be lucky to take in a few ice chips. Stay home as long as possible and go into the labour centre when you can't stay home any longer. If you think this is going to be a buffet or something, do a little reality check. Pain has a lovely way of supressing appetite and your body is going to need every ounce of effort to birth a baby versus dealing with digestion. I birthed four (my last two were twins).....I had a midwife for all babies --- never ate a damn thing once I got to the birthing room. Just my personal experience.

            Edit: Actually, in hindsight....could have used a shot of Remy Martin or cognac.....
            yes this, except for number 2 i was at home.
            number 1 was induced then c/s but early on once the induction process started they wouldn't let me eat, since they knew surgery was likely to occur due to the induction. So that was 14 hours of not being able to eat, so I felt horrible from that (was not primal then).

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Louisa655 View Post
              I gave advice but forgot to ask some key questions: Are you the family support team or the woman giving birth? If you are the support team, then bring whatever you damn well please. If you are the birthing mother ---- you'll need a good support partner and an empty stomach.
              Seconded. My advice was for food to eat in the days after the birth, since hospital food is PITIFUL and almost designed to make you sicker than when you went in.

              You probably only want water or ice during labour itself.
              Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

              Griff's cholesterol primer
              5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
              Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
              TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
              bloodorchid is always right

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              • #8
                I had my 2nd in a birthing center. By the time I was far enough along to leave home, I wasn't much in the mood for eating and drinking. Even though I spent 12 hours there laboring and then over night in the hospital due to a retained placenta, I only had water with lemon, beef broth, and applesauce the whole time. Once I got home, I ate a huge meal, though.

                I'd recommend taking stuff you really like when you're stomach's a bit upset and having plenty to eat at home afterwards. If you're well fed right up to the end, what you eat or don't eat after that won't matter all that much. What makes you happy will matter A LOT, lol.
                50yo, 5'3"
                SW-195
                CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
                GW- Goals are no longer weight-related

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Louisa655 View Post
                  I gave advice but forgot to ask some key questions: Are you the family support team or the woman giving birth? If you are the support team, then bring whatever you damn well please. If you are the birthing mother ---- you'll need a good support partner and an empty stomach.
                  I appreciate your advice, thank you! I am the woman giving birth. Everything I have read and learned says I should eat during early labor to have the energy I need for active labor. I am guessing the reason the sports drinks were suggested is to get some kind of energy during active labor since, as you said, I won't feel like eating. Are you saying to have an empty stomach to prevent nasty vomiting (as opposed to less nasty vomiting)?
                  ma blog: http://happybeehive.wordpress.com/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LauraSB View Post
                    I had my 2nd in a birthing center. By the time I was far enough along to leave home, I wasn't much in the mood for eating and drinking. Even though I spent 12 hours there laboring and then over night in the hospital due to a retained placenta, I only had water with lemon, beef broth, and applesauce the whole time. Once I got home, I ate a huge meal, though.

                    I'd recommend taking stuff you really like when you're stomach's a bit upset and having plenty to eat at home afterwards. If you're well fed right up to the end, what you eat or don't eat after that won't matter all that much. What makes you happy will matter A LOT, lol.
                    This is very helpful - Thank you!
                    ma blog: http://happybeehive.wordpress.com/

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                    • #11
                      Coconut water & tea with lemon/lime. During active labor, you'll probably only want sips of water & ice chips though.

                      My doctor said to bring whatever food or drink I wanted during labor, but that I'd have to like the food going down & back up. Unfortunately he was right. Blah, ruined raisins for me.

                      I'm guessing the crackers & chocolate bars are for afterward. I was starving for the next few days, and ate all the hospital food (minus bread) plus my own snacks.

                      Have fun, though childbirth is amazing.
                      Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.

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                      • #12
                        I just had my third, and labored for 24 hrs, and wasn't interested in food. If you think you may NEED to eat, I would bring something juicy and refreshing....cubed watermelon, strawberries, frozen grapes, maybe some greek yogurt.

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                        • #13
                          ^^ Although, after the birth...bring it! Hungry time!

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                          • #14
                            Just went through the miracle of birthing. I brought a larabar with me. I got through 1/4 of it before I wanted to puke it back up, despite being super hungry for it. I recommend sticking to clear fluids, and maybe not so much on the eating front...

                            After birth I had an awesome honey pecan chicken breast with steamed carrots and other noms. The first meal after birth is always the best!
                            --Trish (Bork)
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                            • #15
                              I would pack some bone broth for sips during early labor or for afterwards. I agree with others that in active labor you probably won't want more than ice chips.

                              I did not get the 'rebound' hunger until the next morning. I mainly wanted fluids, and would have loved a huge flask of bone broth or nutritious soup. If you have access to a microwave, then maybe a sweet potato and some butter ready to go so a family member could nuke it and serve. I needed to stick with bland foods for a bit because I had nausea with the hormone shift immediately after birth.

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