Did you eat and/or drink during labor? Were you on an IV?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 32
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I was in labor for 32 hours. I was instructed to only have ice chips for the duration of labor. Once I was in the hospital I was hooked to an IV for fluids. I vomited up the little bit of water that was in my stomach during transition, so it’s not like restricting my intake actually prevented me from vomiting. It was more about doing what was convenient for the hospital and adhering to their standard practices than about what was best for me and my baby.

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@KCKnd2:  With my first, I threw up my dinner which I had eaten hours before, but I was only at 4 cm, so not transition. I had just gotten to the hospital and hadn’t been officially admitted yet.

I wasn’t allowed to eat or drink anything. I could have ice chips which I did because I felt so HOT! I was on an iv which I didn’t like but my doc said “No one gets on my ship without a life preserver” so that was the end of the discussion. After I was complaining of being hot I felt them up whatever was in the iv because I could feel it cool me down. I had an unmedicated birth also.

My Dear Daughter ended up being jaundice and didn’t nurse well. I don’t know if she ever latched well. I pumped instead.I was huge and puffy after the iv.


With the twins I had been have contractions for months (starting at 23 weeks) because of preterm labor. I wasn’t completely sure I was in labor even though I was having contractions (35.5 weeks) so I had a little lunch although I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t throw up but did have Too Much Information diarrhea. It was then that I knew those contractions weren’t going anywhere and I was in labor.

When I got to the hospital there wasn’t time for an iv. They didn’t realize how far along I was and it was a rush to get me into the OR, the standard place to deliver twins, even vaginally. Baby A was born in under 30 minutes of being at the hospital and the doctor didn’t make it for her. After Baby B was born an iv was put in place, “just in case” that was never used.

I didn’t Boyfriend or Best Friend the twins.

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