What are some great snacks/foods for childbirth and labor?
August 26, 2011 10:16 AM Subscribe
What are some great snacks for labor? The baby is due in a couple of weeks, and we're getting ready for the (natural) birth.
posted by Deathalicious to Food & Drink (28 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
We're planning on going to a birth center, not a hospital, so there won't be a cafeteria or anything like that (although I suppose we could get something like pizza delivered? I'd have to ask the midwife about that). There probably will be a fridge, so we can bring things that need to be refrigerated, although obviously things we can keep within reach will be even better.
I recognize that there's definitely an aspect of "each person is going to want different things" going on here, but nonetheless I'm interested in hearing tips and tricks about staying well-fed, especially if the labor time is extended.
If you snacked during labor, what snacks worked best? Was there any food that turned out to be a great idea or big mistake? I think hydration is probably going to be an issue too.
Note that this is both for the mother and the father. I'm planning on staying in place the entire time, not running off to get a meal, so even if my wife loses her appetite further along the process I might still be hungry. Ideally whatever I eat will only require one hand, so the other can remain free for hand-holding or shoulder rubbing.
Tag-on: at one birthing class the teacher mentioned baking cookies as something to do in the very early stages of labor. This sounds pretty awesome to me. Are there any simple, fast (just in case) recipes so we could actually make and bake our own labor snacks?