Nothing to eat during labor?

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Nothing to eat during labor?
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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:38am

Do all hospitals follow this policy? My sister in law told me that she wasn't able to eat or drink anything during her labor, and that it was really tough.  Knowing that labor can go on for hours and hours (and maybe days!), this seems crazy to me.  Is it true? Do all hospitals withhold food and drink while you are laboring?

~ Ashley ~

~ Expecting Our First in SEPTEMBER! ~

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Registered: 07-21-1998
Wed, 03-06-2013 - 2:20pm
Quite a few do. You might make preparations for cheating if necessary. (But never lie about it; it could be important). A certain amount of fasting is not difficult for most folk. You also may want to make sure you're in hard labor before you get admitted. When people talk about 3-day labors, they may mean from the very first "this isn't normal" twinge.
Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Sat, 03-09-2013 - 10:20pm

Usually hospitals withold food from the labouring woman when she is in active labour. Some will permit light snacks or liquids such as juice, energy drinks or protein drinks. It is a good idea as Ca_Dreamer suggest to wait until you are in hard labour before heading to the hospital if you have concerns about how you will be treated. The most important thing to remember is people will treat you as you allow yourself to be treated. If you have data from books and reputable websites such as WebMD, MayoClinic, you can frequently get your OB to admit that some things aren't necessary, just being done for convenience or to cause a surgical birth.

Gail

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Registered: 03-20-2013
Wed, 03-20-2013 - 11:37am

Mine did. I couldn't have anything to eat. I wound up getting an epidural though, so it didn't really matter, but it was torture for a while. It was worth it though because I wasn't in labor for very long. You'd have to consult the hospital you're planning on delivering at to find out their policy.

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Registered: 03-20-2013
Wed, 03-20-2013 - 11:37am

Mine did. I couldn't have anything to eat. I wound up getting an epidural though, so it didn't really matter, but it was torture for a while. It was worth it though because I wasn't in labor for very long. You'd have to consult the hospital you're planning on delivering at to find out their policy.