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Did you eat during labor while at the hospital?

  1. rachiecakes

    coconut / 8279 posts

    I think I was allowed to, but there was no way I was going to.

    I ate dinner on Friday evening and didn't eat again until Sunday morning. I just couldn't with everything going on.

  2. josina

    pomegranate / 3965 posts

    I don't remember if I ate breakfast or not, went in at 8 for induction and was allowed to have chicken broth at lunch.

  3. psw27

    pomelo / 5220 posts

    No, I went in at 1 am though and LO was born at 2 pm. I wasn't hungry.

  4. mrsrain

    nectarine / 2115 posts

    I ate lunch right after they inserted the prostaglandin to begin my induction. Baby was born around 5 and then I ate dinner. Don't think they would have allowed me anything other than liquids after that first meal, if labor has dragged on. It's really a terrible policy!

  5. yin

    honeydew / 7917 posts

    I was only allowed to eat ice chips. Admitted at midnight and LO arrived in the afternoon. I was hungry.

  6. snowjewelz

    wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts

    I was not allowed to eat/drink since I had GD and was hooked up to be monitored right away and since there was always a chance I would need a C-section (was getting induced). It was pretty awful to not eat/drink for 24 hrs (that's how long it took).

  7. skinnycow

    pear / 1728 posts

    My hospital's rule was no food/water in labor with the exception of popsicles. I was only there for 2.5 hours before DD was born though so I didn't really need anything.

  8. JennyLayneAZ

    nectarine / 2690 posts

    @Shantuck: No, I didn't. They offered to let me go eat before they admitted me (I'd been there a few hours at that point for monitoring) but I wasn't hungry at all. I ended up with a c section so I guess it worked out in my favor that they didn't need to worry about it.

  9. Mrs. Oatmeal

    blogger / honeydew / 7081 posts

    Yep! Our midwives made sure I was eating to keep up my strength. I had peanut butter toast and granola bars during my first labour, and a giant Jugo Juice smoothie during the second.

  10. Mrsbells

    squash / 13199 posts

    @Shantuck: if you end up needing surgery the anesthesia used is different from an epidural. with my 1st child i wasnt allowed to eat except ice chips. i'm glad i followed their instructions because i ended up needing a csection and you feel so nauseous its good to have an empty stomach, also recovery is easier that way.
    this time around i was told no food after midnight before my scheduled c-section and no water 8 hours before

  11. Mama Bird

    pomegranate / 3127 posts

    With my first I was in labor all night and was too sleepy to eat a proper breakfast at home. Once we got to the hospital and the adrenaline kicked in, I realized I'm pretty hungry. DH was sneaking me cookies when the nurse wasn't looking. Thankfully the second time I slept much better before DD was born, so I tanked up on breakfast before heading to the hospital and didn't need to worry about breaking the rules.

  12. Shantuck

    pear / 1767 posts

    @Mrsbells: That's interesting. Did they use general anesthesia on you (i.e. were you unconscious)? I've been reading that c-sections often use epiduals or spinal anesthesia so that the mother can remain awake during childbirth and that is why some doctors are changing their recommendation.

    At the end of the day, I'm a rule follower so I'll probably listen to my doctor but I'm really hoping a Larabar or something light for energy won't be off limits.

  13. Mrsbells

    squash / 13199 posts

    @Shantuck: no they dont use general anesthesia except in rare cases, but it isnt an epidural either, it is a spinal which is similar to an epidural but is placed in differently and is usually mixed in with something like morphine. The combination increases the chances of nausea etc
    so in my case i was awake for both c-sections, they told me though that if the need arose they would put me under completely

  14. LovelyPlum

    eggplant / 11408 posts

    I wasn't technically but did anyways. I was allowed Ginger ale right before I started pushing.

  15. Woolly Mammoth

    kiwi / 524 posts

    I ate regularly throughout my induction. I had dinner right when it started, then regular snacks (I could have brought other snacks, but my room was stocked with graham crackers and juice).

    I had a c-section with spinal anesthesia just before 4 am and was ready for breakfast by 8 am. I had to get the "no food" order removed before they would bring me anything, but as soon as I mentioned it they took care of it for me.

    I did have trouble with nausea afterwards due to the pain medications, but I found it was better if I kept something in my stomach.

  16. MoonMoon

    pomegranate / 3389 posts

    I gave birth in 2013 and neither the hospital nor my doctor had a policy against eating. The nurses showed me a room with food and told me to help myself! We were there for so long that we were able to order food at mealtime too!

  17. skipra

    pomegranate / 3350 posts

    I was definitely allowed water and I think the nurse said I only couldn't eat if I got the epidural. I was only in labor at the hospital a few minutes with LO2 and a few hours with LO3 and food was the last thing on my mind. I do think DH ordered dinner and they saved it for us this last time.
    I was induced with LO1 but I don't remember much about if and when I ate except I was so hungry afterwards and the kitchen was closed.

  18. Mrs. Goose

    pear / 1737 posts

    I was induced with no restrictions that I knew of. The hospital served lunch...big mistake. Egg salad sandwich, juice, soup. All came up in labour...twice. Then after my unplanned c section and baby being mushed into my face, I had to ask my husband to move her and tell the doctor I needed a bucket because I was throwing up again...not sure if that was a reaction to meds or my body's reaction to stress.

    But after the c section I really wanted water, I was so thirsty. I was only allowed ice chips,
    And only a couple until a few hours later.

  19. Bernieboo

    cherry / 121 posts

    My induction took about 36 hours, so i really needed to eat!! I ate lunch and dinner on the first day, but didn't eat much bc I was really uncomfortable. Though my nurse was quick and generous with the zofran so I was able to eat enough. By Friday morning, I knew we were heading to an epidural because we were expecting pitocin. My doula brought me a bagel and juice and made sure I ate all of it and I am SO thankful! After the epidural, I couldn't eat anything (though we had food in our room so I could have snuck something). They brought me a couple of broth/justice/ensure trays that I could have had and I think I ended up drinking one of the ensures and most of the juice. I wasn't really interested in food at that point, I slept for a couple of hours after the epi and then M arrived at 12:30. I drank a lot of sprite while I was laboring down and pushing and I think the sugar helped keep my energy up. We got to our postpartum room at around 4 am and I was starving!!! Our sweet nurse brought me milk and a bunch of graham crackers and then breakfast came about 6. I would definitely eat if/when you can before the epi. I would also recommend eating something (get the zofran if you need) before the epi!

  20. AnnabelleG

    cherry / 176 posts

    I was allowed to eat whatever I wanted both times. I was induced with my first, and I assumed I'd be waiting a long time to give birth, so I ate a huge dinner! Definitely a mistake since I was puking it all up a few hours later. The second time we brought lighter snacks, but labor went to fast to need anything. So many answers here and different experiences! I guess it's probably best just to bring some food you like and see how you feel...

  21. alphagam84

    persimmon / 1091 posts

    I thought I'd want to eat during labor but I was so nauseous I couldn't keep anything down. We drove to the hospital at 3am and on the way there I ate a banana as our last meal had been dinner and I wanted something in me. While in the OB triage I tried to eat a granola bar and immediately felt nauseous. I couldn't keep anything down after that-no water, Gatorade, sport chews, or the chicken broth they brought me. It all came back up. While pushing I was starving but I couldn't eat at that point! All I wanted was pizza but she wasn't born until 10:29 pm and everything was closed. My first post baby meal was a sad bowl of Cheerios the nurses brought me. So depressing.

  22. looch

    wonderful pear / 26210 posts

    I packed a ton of food, I thought I would want to eat, but then when it came time, I couldn't.

    The hospital was totally fine with you eating what you wanted.

  23. Iced Tea

    persimmon / 1310 posts

    At the first facility, drinking and light eating were encouraged.
    I remember eating a sandwich and crackers.

    At the second facility, it was technically against policy, but the nurses said, "We can't stop you!" (wink,wink). I ate a cereal bar; I would have eaten more if anything had been available in the middle of the night.

    And, of course, the nurses are right. Hospitals make these policies to cover their asses, but ultimately it is your body and your decision.

    Studies in the UK and Canada do not show an increased risk in women who eat light meals in labor. There are no American studies on the topic because changes in policy are so recent here.


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