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What You Need To Know About Pregnancy Labor Food

Certain pregnancy labor food can induce labor. There are various folklores about pregnancy and other ramifications related to pregnancy. One of the oldest lore is about food during pregnancy. It is thoroughly believed that eating spicy food can induce labor. However, there is no scientific statistics that can prove this claim on pregnancy labor food.

Nutrition Required During Pregnancy

During the later stages of pregnancy, it is beneficial for the would-be-mother to have a high intake of carbohydrates to fulfill the body's need of glycogen. The more the intake of carbohydrate, the better the glycogen levels in the body. If there is not enough glycogen in the body, then the body starts converting fat into glycogen. When this happens, there is a byproduct formed called ketones that can cause labor distress. Thus, one of the most important pregnancy labor food are carbohydrates like breads, cereal, pasta, corn, rice, potatoes, crackers and fresh fruit.

Again, if you have eaten some spicy food during pregnancy, there chances are that the food remains in your stomach during the labor process. This can add to nausea and heartburn. During the labor process, some doctors advise pregnancy labor food like hard candy, clear liquid or ice chips. They try to avoid solid foods as the digestive powers of the body reduce during labor.

The pregnancy labor food during early labor can be fruit juices, sports drink or plain and simple water. This will help in keeping your body hydrated. In addition, food rich in carbohydrates are very easy to digest and they give you the required energy. Foods like honey, fruits and juices give you spurts of energy to your body. You would want to eat small amounts but at more intervals. There might be a time where you would no want to eat anymore. Listen to your body signals. If your body is asking you to stop then you need to stop as your digestive is on the process of slowing down.

Usually certain caregivers advise you to withhold food and drink with the notion that if you need general anesthesia, then vomiting could cause you to aspirate. However, the risk factor is low. Anesthesiologists have a lot more control now. It is also a well-known fact that women who are not properly nourished, cannot handle labor as effectively as women who have had proper nourishment. If food is restricted during labor, then due to stress and other factors the body can get dehydrated leading to further complications. As per a recent study, it has been shown that if women are allowed to eat and drink during labor, they have a shorter labor and they need fewer medications. Before you are admitted, you must ask your caregiver about their policies on food and drink during the labor. However, this does not mean that pregnant women in labor can eat and drink anything they wish. They must only consume the prescribed pregnancy labor food.

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