What Must I Eat in Labor

 

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Multigrain bread or crackers, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, and oatmeal are good sources of fiber and offer carbohydrates that will provide energy during a long labor. These can often be combined with your protein source and create a nutritious meal. History of Eating and Drinking Not Being Allowed During Labor. In 1946, Dr. Curtis Mendelson hypothesized that the cause of pneumonia following general anesthesia was the aspiration of the stomach contents, due to delayed gastric emptying in labor. He noted that food could be vomited 24 to 48 hours after being eaten.

Here is a great read from Evidence Based Birth on why you should eat and drink during labor, if and when you want to. Will Eating in Labor Make You Throw Up or Poop? Whether you eat or not, you may do these things anyway.

Having an empty stomach can make nausea worse, however. The main thing is to eat light food which gives you energy, when you feel you need it. Near the end of labor, you’ll. Labor Foods to eat while in early labour: whole wheat/seed crackers. graham crackers. fruit. granola bars. fresh smoothies. bananas/apples/celery with almond butter. whole wheat/rice pasta. miso soup/broth. yogurt. herbal tea, especially nettle and raspberry leaf. That said, most of the foods credited with kick-starting labor, such as pineapple, dates, eggplant parm and spicy dishes, are perfectly safe to eat in moderation during pregnancy, although they can lead to heartburn, upset stomach or a long night in the bathroom.

Should you try inducing labor yourself with certain foods?Beverages: No surprise that water is on the list of ACOG’s approved-for-labor liquids. Your practitioner may also allow fruit juice (without the pulp), carbonated beverages (like seltzer or Sprite) clear tea, black coffee and sports drinks.

Ice chips: Though long a staple on the delivery-room menu, ice chips may be going out of style (and supplanted by more tasty beverages). Wong suggests sticking to clear items—think jello, popsicles, broth and clear juice. Poultry, fish or a very small portion of lean beef, vegetables and a simple carbohydrate are best.

If you are going to be induced later the same day, an even simpler snack such as a lightly toasted bagel and piece of fruit are best. Chicken or vegetable broth is also good, as is yogurt. Some people may argue that the reason there are fewer deaths from aspiration today is because people are not allowed to eat or drink during labor. However, in the United Kingdom, clinical guidelines were updated in 2007 to recommend that drinks and a light meal be offered to low-risk people in labor.

If you are having a c-section, your care provider should provide you with guidelines on food and beverage intake specific to that procedure. What to Eat Before Active Labor (Early Labor) Although excitement or nervousness may dampen your appetite, early labor is a great opportunity to eat deeply nourishing foods that will fuel you for several.

List of related literature:

To keep up your energy in early labor, eat high-carbohydrate foods that appeal to you, such as fruit, pasta, toast, rice, and waffles.

“Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide” by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, April Bolding
from Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, et. al.
Meadowbrook, 2016

Some women want to eat during early labor and others do not.

“Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby: Ayurveda and Yoga for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth” by Margo Shapiro Bachman, Vasant Lad
from Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby: Ayurveda and Yoga for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth
by Margo Shapiro Bachman, Vasant Lad
Sounds True, 2013

You do need some fluids and sugar for energy and should eat and drink as you like during labor, emphasizing carbohydrates and proteins rather than fatty foods.

“Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth” by Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Judy Norsigian
from Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth
by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Judy Norsigian
Atria Books, 2008

I had plenty of juice and teas, brought some local honey as I read it can be very good to take during labour as it gives natural energy.

“The Daughter In Law: A gripping new psychological thriller” by Nina Manning
from The Daughter In Law: A gripping new psychological thriller
by Nina Manning
Boldwood Books, 2019

walk during labor and have a ready supply of “anything chocolate” to eat.

“Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family” by Adele Pillitteri
from Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family
by Adele Pillitteri
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010

intake of fluids and light solid food throughout labour, depending on how much the woman can tolerate.

“Myles' Textbook for Midwives E-Book” by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
from Myles’ Textbook for Midwives E-Book
by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

Here’s the good news: Most midwives actually support eating a bit of (light, easily digestible) food during labor.

“The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Genevieve Howland
from The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Genevieve Howland
Gallery Books, 2017

Chances are you will be so excited about your birth and focused on getting through your labor, you won’t even be thinking about food.

“Your Vegetarian Pregnancy: A Month-by-Month Guide to Health and Nutrition” by Holly Roberts
from Your Vegetarian Pregnancy: A Month-by-Month Guide to Health and Nutrition
by Holly Roberts
Atria Books, 2008

Nuts, chocolate, energy drinks, muesli bars, crackers or whatever you like can be packed in a lunchbox to nibble on during the labour.

“Dad's Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies” by Stefan Korn, Scott Lancaster, Eric Mooij
from Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies
by Stefan Korn, Scott Lancaster, Eric Mooij
Wiley, 2011

It’s hard to know what you might want to eat in labour, so the best thing to do

“The Positive Birth Book: A new approach to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks” by Milli Hill
from The Positive Birth Book: A new approach to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks
by Milli Hill
Pinter & Martin Ltd, 2017

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  • Thanks so much for the information! I’ve heard my friends also talking about pineapple, but I’ve found it’s a myth and doesn’t do anything. When I came across dates I was wondering if it’s actually trueI bought them yesterday after having a quick look on the Internet. But it’s good to hear it confirmed from someone who knows their stuff!:) due on 11th of August, but hope I can pop him a tad bit earlier haha����

  • I ate dates like crazy in my 3rd trimester. In fact I did all the “tricks” throughout my pregnancy. We really wanted a natural birth. I started labor 2 weeks late, labored for 36 hours even after loads of pitocin, and wound up having a c section. Yes, there are way too many c sections done in the US, but I wish my midwives had been more honest with me about my personal situation. A planned c section would have been the safest route for me and my baby. We are fortunate to both be happy and healthy now, but it was not a pleasant birthing experience.

  • I FELT the fetal ejection reflex and the nurse wouldn’t get my doctor and yelled at me to stop pushing but I could not control it. It was torture trying to stop that feeling. I’m traumatized by hospitals now. I reported the nurse by the way

  • So, this was uploaded on my due date! I gave birth January 31st to a beautiful baby girl. She was born vaginally with a little more difficultly. She was occiput posterior, and a facial presentation. There was a little bit of worry about her lungs for the first 12 hours or so of her life but she has been strong and healthy ever since. There was a placental abruption that they believe may be why her lungs weren’t working quite right at first. Anyways, just wanted to thank you again for making this content, helped me become more knowledgeable in the last few weeks of pregnancy. ��

  • These studies can be biased most of studies you mentioned are Iranian. In Islam dates are kind of holy fruits and Iran is one of major dates exporter.

  • I listened to the whole video and it has great information (but I already knew about eating 6 dates daily from week 36) what I didn’t know was eating the dates right after I birthed my baby, but I didn’t hear how many dates should I eat right away? With my first baby they did end up giving me the pitocin shot on my thigh twice. I would love to avoid that this time around. So please how many dates should I take with me in my hospital bag to eat right away after I birth my baby? Thanks in advance ������

  • Its funny how now non muslims are “just” discovering the things that were said in the Quran thousands of years ago… intermittant fasing… and now dates for easy delivery

  • I just gave birth two months ago! I wish I knew!!! But I already started eating plant based for past five months and it was completely different delivery experience than the first one! I did not need epidural and refuged all the medication and it only took 30 minutes to deliver and my milk supply is amazing! No depression afterwards. Definitely recommend anyone to eat plant based food diet:)

  • No matter how much you prepare, you should never expect your birth to go a certain way. Your baby could be stuck in face presentation for example, like mine was.:( Great tips for uncomplicated circumstances.

  • Yes, true story: I gave birth 4.11.2019 and it was so much less pain that I expected. I ate 5 dates a day since 35 week of pregnancy. I went from 2cm to 10cm in about 3 hours with bearable contractions spread out in time co I could rest. I had no “7cm drama”. I had no means to naturally relieve pain (I had to be lying down on my side the whole time), later on I used entonox but I could stand the pain. I did not tear (but I exercised with annibal too). I had bearable afterbirth contractions (I didn’t need any painkiller).

  • Hi…
    I went through all the comments and happy to know that you still reply to everyone��❤️����
    I’m 28 weeks and a 3 days pregnant so I was wondering wether I should start eating dates from now? I have no records of any diabetics. I know you have already mentioned that we should start from 36 weeks but does it harm to start too soon????

  • This video has vital information for mothers and father’s to be. It might well have saved my beloved wife 22years ago if I had this information then.

  • “I don’t know how else you’d take them.” �� I ate dates before having both of my kids, both came a few days before their due date and had relatively easy, beautiful natural births without too much bleeding afterwards.:) Could’ve been coincidence, and red rasberry leaf tea could’ve helped too, but I’ll definitely do this again if I have another baby.

  • Thank you for looking at these studies! I’ve recently acquired an obsession with dates, but I wish I had prior to giving birth to my son in February! Now I’ll know for the next baby. THANK YOU SO MUCH for looking at research on helping with birth!!!

  • I love this video I do wish you shared more info in the actual
    Video. Also it sounded like you were out of breath the whole time and that was distracting

  • This is interesting my lady had my daughter naturally at home she used dates in the last couple weeks of pregnancy. The Labour came on very rapidly only about two hour hardly no bleeding. This is after she had a csection with my son years ago. I congratulate her for her women wisdom. Thanks for the corroboration Dr.

  • Dr Gerger you are on of a kind… thank you as always!

    Are there any other doctors that go so deep into research as to look into dates and pregnancy?

  • In the Middle East, Dates are the number one food given to women straight after labour. and no one knows why, until they put it to the test:)

  • In The Holy Qur’an, In the Chapter Maryam (Mary), God describes Mary’s Labor.

    In the Name of God, Most Merciful, Most Beneficient

    19:22 So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place.

    19:23 And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, “Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten.

    19:24 But he called her from below her, “Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream.

    19:25 And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.

    The Fact that dates are good before delivery, which Scientists are finding now through research, was given in the Holy Qur’an, which was revealed 1400 years ago.

  • What about te use of creatine in late pregnancy, a few studies have shown that creatine may protect mother and fetus from pregnancy risks like preclampsia and hypoxia induced encefalopathy. Others have shown that creatine may reduce the rates of c-section.
    So what about a fruit-creatine monohydrate supplementation in mid-late pregnancy? That would be interesting to test!!

  • I watched over 100 videos of natural births to help with my fear of giving birth for the 3rd time. I was very very active due to having a 6 year old I had to get ready in the morning for school, get my toddler ready to go with grandma then actually get my pregnant self to school. I ate like normal drank normal amount of fluid. I went into labor 2 1/2 weeks before my due date, had a 3 hour labor start to end. I felt contraction pains but it was sooooo easy going & in a way pain free
    No Iv medication or epidural. mentally preparing your self I think is key more than drinking water & eating right, also staying very active helps. I would also always do light work outs, I would get on all fours & rock my hips side to side & back n forth. all my 3 daughters were born naturally & under 8 hours.

  • So dates have oxytocin effects, if I gave my wife enough dates, would she stop asking for divorce? Isn’t oxytocin called Love hormone afterall?

  • Your Big Wheel of Birth series has been SO helpful to me! I’m expecting my first child in two weeks and all the information you share has been wonderful! ��

  • It is so important to research healthy pregnancy, labour and delivery. The more you invest your time in gaining knowledge the higher chance of smooth delivery, less stress, satisfaction and happiness after. I have invested my time in gaining knowledge on how to achieve positive birth experience, and the outcome was amazing. Hospitals and society make us believe that giving birth is something impossible, terrible and mega dangerous. We grow into believing about unbearable pain, however it so much depends on how we look at it. Dr Greger thanks for having these series and talking about food impact on pregnancy and delivery. I highly relied on them when I was pregnant ��

  • Thanks for the video content! Forgive me for the intrusion, I am interested in your opinion. Have you considered Taparton Silent Noise Takeover (Sure I saw it on Google)? It is a great exclusive guide for learning the secret to get pregnant naturally without the headache. Ive heard some interesting things about it and my mate after many years got excellent results with it.

  • The elephant in the room: the root cause of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change which will turn our world into a dystopian hell in about a decade or so https://thebulletin.org/2018/10/climate-report-understates-threat/ is human overpopulation https://interactive.guim.co.uk/uploader/embed/2017/07/co2_saved/giv-3902H9Q7lx2HE5M7/ which is also the root cause of the athropocene mass extinction, factory farming, and industrial fishing.

  • My wife tried this and I must say, it’s bull shit and the doctor was pissed, cussing YouTube to the point where his blood veins were showing, fuck you, honestly from the bottom of my heart, fuck you

  • I buy the dried ones from Walmart and I LOOOOVE them!!! I did this little trick last pregnancy and I had a very fast labor (vbac unmedicated) I’m going to go with it absolutely helped along with my raspberry leaf tea and prime rose. ����❤️

  • Thank you so much for watching + sharing! I would LOVE for this information to get into the minds of as many women as possible around the planet-everyone should get to experience the amazingness of an easy labor!

    YouTube actually places the videos that get the most likes/subscribes/comments higher on the search page, so THAT’S why you’re always hearing “tubers” ask you to do those things after you watch their videos. Not just because we have enormous egos that need lots of stoking. 😉 Thanks again!