Can I eat during labour?

Delivery, Questions/answers

Marie, I was wondering if I can eat during labour at the hospital. I want to bring snacks because if I go 2 hours without eating, I don’t feel well. Thanks for your help, Jasmine.


Excellent question, Jasmine. In fact, during active labour, you should not eat or drink, because it can increase the risk of vomiting. Also, in case of an emergency, it’s better to have an empty stomach to avoid aspiration in case of surgery.

However, you can eat light snacks when your contractions ( quand les contractions )and aren’t regular. But once labour begins for real, you shouldn’t eat. Never eat fat to avoid long-term residue in your stomach. Anyways, during active labour, intense contractions don’t really make you want to eat.

For drinking, when labour is slowly starting (becoming regular, latency phase, the start of induction), (début de la régularité, phase de latence, début de provocation), we suggest hydrating well with clear liquids (no pulp or other residues) with fluids with electrolytes to maintain your blood balance at this point. These can be sports drinks (Gatorade), but no energy drinks, which are not adapted to your condition. During more intense labour, you may be offered shaved ice to suck for hydration and comfort.

Even if you have an epidural and your pain is relieved, you are not allowed to eat and only to drink small amounts, as your stomach should be at rest because your energy will be used for labour and delivering your baby. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! 😊 

I hope this helps, and all the best!

Marie

The Baby Expert

Discover our videos

Subscribe to a monthly or quarterly package now to access full videos.

Osteopathy and baby

Osteopathy and baby

Osteopathy can help babies release tensions and strains after childbirth. Did you know you can do this in the water
Prematurity

Prematurity

In this video, I am accompanied by Dr. Véronique G. Dorval, a neonatologist and director of the Neonatal Clinic at
Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Doing yoga during pregnancy is both possible and a great idea. In addition to soothing discomfort during pregnancy and feeling
Birthing room

Birthing room

Delivery rooms in hospitals have changed the way we experience the arrival of a baby. Take a guided tour with

Discover other articles

Indications for Using Homeopathic Medications

Indications for Using Homeopathic Medications

The majority of homeopathic medications come in liquid, syrup, granules, globules, suppositories or pill form.
Can I eat thyme or rosemary while pregnant?

Can I eat thyme or rosemary while pregnant?

My name is Maxime, and I love thyme and rosemary. On some websites, I read that these herbs can be neurotoxic. Is this true? I
Baby and hiccups

Baby and hiccups

A baby with hiccups in their mother’s stomach is a sign your little one is in great health. You don’t need to be worried.
Can I start meats before 6 months?

Can I start meats before 6 months?

I hadn’t heard that you shouldn’t start meat before 6 months of age, but I did! What are the consequences? I feel bad for not

Can I eat during labour?

Par Marie Fortier Temps de lecture: 1 min
0