For expectant parents, there is a lot of information to consider before the big day.
One topic that often comes up is the question of eating during labor. Is it safe? The answers might surprise you.
We will examine why you can’t eat during labor and explore other available options.
Why can’t you eat during labor?
Debates surrounding eating and drinking during labor have gone on for many years; however, most medical professionals agree that it is best to abstain from food and drink while in active labor.
This is because eating can increase the risk of aspiration pneumonia, which occurs when stomach contents enter the airways and lungs.
Aspiration pneumonia can be serious, so the risks associated with eating are too great for most mothers-to-be.
In addition, some research suggests that any food or drink consumed during labor can affect the baby’s heart rate, leading to fetal distress which can cause complications in delivery.
Anesthesia must be administered safely, so if a Cesarean section is necessary due to unexpected circumstances, an empty stomach is required.
Although food isn’t recommended during active labor, there are still ways to stay energized throughout the process.
Most hospitals offer ice chips as an alternative option; they provide hydration without increasing your risk of aspiration pneumonia.
Some hospitals also have light snacks such as fruit or crackers available upon request. In addition, many hospitals offer non-pharmaceutical pain relief options such as massage or breathing techniques that can help reduce discomfort and exhaustion during childbirth without having to rely on food for energy.
Expectant parents can stay energized during the birthing process even if most medical professionals do not recommend eating during labor.
There are still plenty of ways to ensure a mother and her baby are safe, while also enabling the mother to keep up her strength and energy levels.
By opting for hydrating beverages like ice chips or light snacks like fruit or crackers and exploring other pain relief techniques such as massage and breathing exercises, mothers-to-be will have all they need to ensure a comfortable birth experience without risking their health or their baby’s health in the process.
With this knowledge handy you should feel more confident in making informed decisions about your birthing experience!