If this has been recently covered, I apologize.
What are your policies regarding eating/drinking in labor? I just heard it claimed that eating prevents exhaustion and speeds up labor. Haven't found any evidence of speeding up labor but maybe I'm not looking in the right scientific arenas.
I was allowed to eat during both labors until I got my epidurals. Not that I was very interested in eating.
Nov 4, '06
I think it's horrible to place laboring moms on NPO OR only ice chips for what could be hours or even more than a whole day and night; they need energy for labor and especially, pushing later on. This is why I tell women to wait as long as they can before coming in to us, because once they are with us, they get nothing but ice chips and that could be for a very long time.
Where I used to work, they got clear liquid trays during labor, which included the standard fare of jello, juice, broth, etc. Nothing too great, but I think it was much kinder and more humane than NPO. I think this is the way it should be everywhere. None of them aspirated or vomited anything that I could remember, not even once, except clear liquid or bile (which can't be any better to aspirate than clear liquid anyhow). Sadly, most places, it is not how it works, even though evidence seems not to support such practices as NPO for routine labor.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Nov 4, '06