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labor snacks

I'm sorry if this question gets asked a lot, but I am trying to assemble a list of good snacks to have on hand at home for early on in my labor. My b/c encourages snacking and I know they keep juice and yogurt and some other stuff on hand at the center, but I figure I should have some too since I was 20 hours total with Adam and would like to try to eat. Of course with him I had a medicated birth, but I felt so good at the beginning that I ate a heavy lunch and then lost it all (pre-meds though).

So, besides yogurt, any suggestions?

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This is a good question! My DH is a total foodie and has been pre-worrying about this already, hahaha. Our BC has a kitchen but some things I suggested he said but we don't know when you'll go into labor! What if it goes bad before then!

I feel like I want to have on hand a mix of things that feel like "real" food and some more snack-y things, since I have no idea how long it will be or what I will feel like eating. I would think soup is a good choice for the "real food" part (although for me it's gonna be HOT out...maybe gazpacho??)

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We have two toddlers in the house who eat like teenagers, and we love food, so having a ton of food on hand is the norm for us Smile

Special things that I got just for labor are coconut water and recharge, and I will brew up a large batch of RRL tea (cold) with honey close to 38 or 39 weeks. I will make sure that I have lots of pastine in the house too as it is a favorite comfort food for me too ~ (Just chicken broth and orzo or acine di pepe pasta with some cheese on top).

I will probably cook up something in early labor depending on the time of day, and I have planned a lot of freezer meals that that if labor comes on in the middle of the night again or I don't feel like being in the kitchen we will be able to just pull out some things.

I have already requested that my Mom make me the same dish she made the past two times I gave birth ~ Then she made it for me the day that I came home from the hospital, this time she can make it the day that the baby is born as we are birthing at home. My sister has also told me that she will start baking a cake when I go into labor and bring it over to celebrate babies birth day ~ And of course there will be a bottle of champagne on ice Smile

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Well last time I had all kinds of things, but could not stomach any of them since they were all solids, so this time I am sticking to liquider foods. But I pretty much jump into active labor, did not really have early labor with DS. I am planning to have:
drinkable yogurt
fruit juice popsicles
honey sticks
chicken and beef broth
and vitamin water on hand for labor.
This way I will have a variety.

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I just bought some honey sticks today...my doula/childbirth class teacher swears by them. Haven't thought too much about other stuff yet...

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Good question! I haven't even thought about that. All of my births were in the hospital, so I was either being starved, or sneaking bites of whatever friends/family brought in. Honey sticks sounds like a good idea, I'm going to go get some this week.

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What a good question! I have had 2 hospital births, and they starved me with both.

I would assume that I would want the same foods that I normally eat, but hadn't really thought about it. I have a cranberry couscous recipe that is so good, but it doesn't have an overpowering taste so I would definitely want some of that made up. I wish I was due in the middle of summer that way the garden would be going strong and I could just have sugar snap peas right out of the garden. I love those things!

Can't wait to see all the responses!

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Oooh, I would have never thought to get honey sticks. I will have to look for them! Nice and transportable, too.

The broth/orzo sounds like a good idea too. Maybe I'll get a few cans of chicken & stars in case the orzo isn't cooked.

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I had yogurt and Emergen-C for my first birth, which was great until I lost them all in transformation! Lol This time, I think I will probably have some frozen grapes and honey sticks on hand. Chicken and stars sounds really good to me right now as well, though you should keep in mind that you might have a really heightened sense of smell while in labor. I did (the first time around) and DH tried to get me to sip some beef broth. I almost hurled all over him! :rolleyes:

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I've been wondering this too. I will be in a hospital, but I don't think they will be giving me food until after. I also plan to labor at home as long as possible. Since I was induced last time "active" labor started and was intense within a very short time. I felt very nauseous and had zero desire for food. Luckily, I had dinner the night before and Z was born at 11:00am so I really only skipped one meal.

I'm thinking maybe saltines and almonds.

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The things I wanted most during labor were yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, and peanut butter. If you go with PB, stick with the creamy because it's no fun to puke in the first place but really no fun to puke up nuts.

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I've been thinking about this a lot - we are going to be in a hospital (hopefully the birth center) but they are fine with eating and drinking during labor... I just have no clue what I am going to want... I keep thinking I would want cheese and nuts - light high protein food. Honey sticks sound good too. I already live on coconut water and just discovered recharge - it's great - I will definitely add these to my list (that I have to start!)

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My doula also recommends to not really have any of your favorite foods on hand during labor...because if you do end up puking them up, it could "ruin" your favorite food for you!

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Ya'll are scaring me with all this talk about puking! On the other hand, that's like the fifth recommend for coconut water I've heard today...and I have never heard of it before (as an isotonic). Definitely getting on that train, yum!

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Ya'll are scaring me with all this talk about puking! On the other hand, that's like the fifth recommend for coconut water I've heard today...and I have never heard of it before (as an isotonic). Definitely getting on that train, yum!

I never had it before last month - I was pretty dehydrated even though I drink a ton of water all day - my m/w suggested that and the Recharge because of the electrolytes... I prefer the Zico brand or if I can't get that the O.N.E. brand - I'm not crazy about the vita coco.

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Coconut water is strange ~ It has a really really mild taste (I was totally picturing it being like coconut milk Lol but my midwife swears by it!

Honestly I'm more focusing on foods for after birth ~ I don't picture myself eating much in labor, but I know that shortly after the baby is born I will likely want to tear into a nice big meal. The weird thing is trying to picture WHAT I am going to want ~ both of my babies were winter babies (Feb and March) when things like lasagna or soup or stew so appealed to me ~ this go round it is likely to be hot out and I can't picture what I might want on a really hot day. For some reason a giant strawberry shortcake with tons of fresh berries is all I can picture.

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"Potter75" wrote:

Coconut water is strange ~ It has a really really mild taste (I was totally picturing it being like coconut milk Lol but my midwife swears by it!

Honestly I'm more focusing on foods for after birth ~ I don't picture myself eating much in labor, but I know that shortly after the baby is born I will likely want to tear into a nice big meal. The weird thing is trying to picture WHAT I am going to want ~ both of my babies were winter babies (Feb and March) when things like lasagna or soup or stew so appealed to me ~ this go round it is likely to be hot out and I can't picture what I might want on a really hot day. For some reason a giant strawberry shortcake with tons of fresh berries is all I can picture.

That sounds GREAT! And for having just given birth, I think you would totally deserve it! Smile

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I wish I liked coconut water since I know it is so good for you, but it is not my thing. As to foods I would make sure you have both liquid and solid foods if you have never eaten in labor. I could not stand anything solid since I could not get it down fast enough before a contraction hit and then during a contraction the last thing I wanted was food in my mouth. I would have to spit it out. Oh and not everyone throws up in labor, I never did even though I was really sick to my stomach. Tonight DH had a good idea about a labor food. I am going to make yogurt popsicles. I think those will be good.

It is funny you mention after since one of the first things my mw asked me after DS was born was did I want to eat. All I wanted was pepperoni pizza.

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Leigh--It is totally normal to vomit during labor, but not the entire time. It's not like being sick with the flu or anything. I think it's just that your muscles are all contracting so it just happens. Nausea and my stupid puke-phobia is a trigger for my panic attacks, so zofran is actually one med I will desire during labor. I wouldn't recommend that to others unless you also have a severe phobia regarding vomit.

I've never heard of coconut water. What's special about it?

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You have a vomit phobia too. I have that as well, hence why I do not throw up. I have my body trained to not throw up. I took phenegran last labor, but maybe I will ask for zofran this time since I still almost did. It made me way more tense.

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I have a vomit phobia as well. Even though I was sick as a dog during my first 20 weeks, I only vomited a handful of times because I just could not bring myself to do it. During labor though, I found I really didn't care...lol

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I didn't vomit during labor, but I did feel really queasy a few times. Oddly, that happened mostly when I needed to eat something. I'd start feeling queasy, and my midwife would offer me something to eat, and I'd feel better. Makes me wonder what would have happened if I'd been in a hospital that wouldn't allow me to eat.

Vomiting is normal, so is diarrhea, it's just your body cleaning itself out so it can focus on the real work it needs to do. The thing is to just be aware that it *might* happen and not eat foods that you wouldn't want to revisit. Wink

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No, it's good to know, especially since I actually don't really mind throwing up all THAT much (I mean, of course it's unpleasant, but I definitely don't have a phobia--if I'm nauseous and it will make the nausea go away, I'm all for it.) as long as I don't have much in my stomach. Throwing up food is an entirely different story, though. So it's good to be prepared.

I still feel like I'm going to want to have at least the option of "real" food on hand in addition to snacky things like yogurt and pudding, so now I'm thinking maybe something like cold cucumber soup would be good. DH made it last summer and it was delicious and pretty mild-tasting, so I think it sounds appealing. And anyway if it turns out I want nothing to do with it, I can enjoy it later Smile

Kristen, people keep recommending coconut water to me as an isotonic--a rehydrating beverage with electrolytes like Gatorade, except natural. I've had it before right out of a coconut and was surprised at how thin and bland it was too, but I should try it again in a more normal context. It sounds like a very healthy thing to have on hand.