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They encouraged me to bring along snacks, and had a small kitchen there to provide the moms with any sort of food or snacks they wanted. Early on, I tried to get down a granola bar, but I sadly follow in my sister and mom's footsteps and get super nauseated once labor gets going.
With my first I had just downed a ton of pizza before my water broke an hour before my 38w appt. I wasn't hungry for quite a while, I do remember eating a few of dh's french fries while in labor late in the evening and hoping to not get in trouble.
#2 and #3 were UC homebirths so I did whatever I wanted. #2 I had some frozen oj concentrate on a spoon and a tortilla. Her labor was short, only 4 1/2 hours total from 1st contraction to birth, but it was almost 8am when she was born, so I was pretty hungry after not eating all night. #3 labor was 4 days long. I ate like normal the first 3 days and on the 4th day I just ate a little lighter, but I still ate. I can't remember for sure, but I probably waited for dinner until after he was born (4:30pm).
This time I'll what I want when I want it, but I'll keep it light so I don't make myself sick.
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My hospital allows clear liquids and jello and popsicles. With my first, I was starving after not eating most of the day so I was able to eat 2 jello cups after my epidural. I love jello so that wasn't a problem. With my second, labor started at midnight and she was born at 1:35am. I had a really heavy dinner that day so food didn't even cross my mind. I was only at the hospital for 5 minutes before she was born so they didn't even have a chance to encourage drinking, but afterwards they brought me a giant cup of ice water. I swear that was the best glass of water with the yummy crushed ice.
I had Lily at the hospital and I was only allowed clear liquids. I wasn't really hungry anyway, so it didn't really matter. Plus, I'd had a huge dinner and I went into labor a few hours after eating and only had a 6.5 hour labor with her.
With Violet I gave birth at home and was eating banana while I was pushing It sounded super good for some reason.
We'll be at an independent birth center. We're packing food for DH, plus applesauce, Luna Bars, fruit, homemade chicken rice soup, and string cheese for me. Who knows what I'll want, but all of those things are easy when my belly isn't that great. I'm also packing some organic juice with electrolytes. Our birthing suite has a stove, microwave, and fridge, so we'll be able to fix stuff if need be. Like the soup.