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Old 10-19-2010, 02:11 PM   #1
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what food to bring to hospital for natural birth?

i'm planning a natural birth at a hospital and want to start a list of snacks to bring. last time i think i brought granola bars and snack size applesauce. does anyone want to share what they are planning on eating during labor (if at a hospital)?

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Old 10-19-2010, 02:39 PM   #2
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Ooh, I'd like to hear suggestions too. Maybe cheese sticks and Wheat Thins? I haven't even thought about this.
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My MW suggested easily digestible protein like yogurt. Bananas, cheese And gatorade or other electrolite drink for during and after. I didn't actually eat anything in labor but brought yummy pizza for after!
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I brought juice and Cliff bars. Fancy, I know. But I didn't end up eating or drinking much of anything. I ate breakfast at the hospital when I was in early labor and that was it. My midwives kept trying to get me to drink something, and I complied, but for the most part food and drinks were the farthest thing from my mind during labor. I thought I would be starving during labor, but turns out I didn't want anything to do with food. Go figure.
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Old 10-19-2010, 04:17 PM   #5
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My hospital didn't have any restrictions on food during labor and delivered all meals to me. I wasn't hungry and really didn't feel like eating at all once I was in active labor. I was admitted on a Saturday afternoon and DD was born Sunday night. I ate Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast, after that I think I only had juice, a popsicle and some ice cream.

If you have a fridge in your room or one available, I'd bring popsicles and ice cream if your hospital doesn't have them. Same for juice or Gatorade type drinks.
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Re: what food to bring to hospital for natural birth?

I'm taking Cliff bars, PB and crackers, granola bars, applesauce, & some canned soup. My first labor was a 6 day thing, so I'm not sure what to expect I'll want for a "normal" length labor. The hospital I plan to deliver at is AWFUL about not bringing you anything to eat on labor hall.
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6 days! They let you stay there for 6 days! Wow!


I would say bring quick, easy to digest foods that won't spoil or smell. So, small packs of apple sauce, oatmeal, hard, sweet candy for sucking, gatorade.
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Coconut water!! It keeps you hydrated and satisfies hunger!! And then protein. I ate Sweet N Salty bars while in labor.
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6 days! They let you stay there for 6 days! Wow!


I would say bring quick, easy to digest foods that won't spoil or smell. So, small packs of apple sauce, oatmeal, hard, sweet candy for sucking, gatorade.
Yes, my water had broke and I was only 33 weeks, 1 day along, so they would let me go as far as possiable. I made it to 34 weeks before infection started showing signs of coming.
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