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February 3rd, 2008, 08:11 PM
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what kind of food should i bring with me to my birth center? they don't have a full kitchen, but a microwave and fridge. i am thinking some soup or just broth, granola bars, juice...any other suggestions? what did you crave when you were in early labor? also i think i need something for dh to eat, though he's the type to not eat when he gets nervous...i know NOTHING about that since i tend to go the other way, but labor is kind of different too...


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February 4th, 2008, 12:07 AM
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Sounds like you have some great ideas already. I didn't want anything at all to eat while I labored at home...I finally had some grapes (at my midwife's urging) and they were SO good. Nice and cold and juicy, and small enough to enjoy between contractions. So, that's a thought.
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February 4th, 2008, 11:29 AM
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I didnt' really eat anything at my birth center birth until after she was born. But then again, my labor was short and in the middle of the night, I just wasn't hungry.

I would bring some stuff that's easy to eat, hydrating, and good for energy. Grapes sound like a great idea. popsicles, there's a drink you can make called laborade, but I dont' have the recipe (I know someone who does though).

for after the birth they usually want you to have a meal with protien, so some beef stew or somthing like that would be good.
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February 8th, 2008, 05:06 PM
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i had lots of contractions last night and we all thought i would be on my way to the birth center, then everything petered out. i definately was not thinking about eating and had to FORCE myself to even drink!
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February 9th, 2008, 07:55 AM
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Some sort of fruit juice is good because you will need the Vit.C Bananas are a good labor food too.
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February 27th, 2008, 06:49 PM
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I like the grapes idea. I wanted small bites of things that I could eat between contractions. I had strawberries and little crispy breadsticks with hummus.

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