The Best Labor Aid recipe. By midwife and childbirth educator Elizabeth MacKay, creator of the Peaceful Birth On-line Course found [here].
You will want to eat and drink light, healthy foods during labor. If you eat and drink during labor, then you don’t need an IV. Labor is work, calories are needed for your body to work effectively, and in order to have the energy you need to give birth.
Starving yourself and becoming dehydrated during childbirth can lead to complications. If you have to get an IV, It will keep you from moving freely during labor, but it is movement that helps you give birth faster and easier. The use of IVs can cause other complications, such as fluid overload and hyperglycemia for both mother and baby. And you can find yourself in the “cascade of interventions”, where one intervention leads to more interventions.
But don’t drink sports drinks or energy drinks as they can actually make things more difficult for you in labor.
The Ingredients used in these drinks can affect you and your baby’s heart rate and blood pressure. As these drinks contain very high levels of caffeine. Some brands have as much as 8x the amount of caffeine as 1 cup of coffee.
If your baby’s heart rate goes to high and stays high this can cause ‘fetal distress’ and you could end up with a c-session to get the baby out right away.
During labor you need you have a drink that is both refreshing and hydration. As well as gives you an energy boost.
Each one of the ingredients in this labor aid is important in labor.
Lemon juice is very useful in digestion related problems. It can give relief from nausea, heartburn and bloating. So often in labor women have an upset stomach. As well lemon just tastes good, and makes it more enjoyable to drink the labor aid.
The reason to use coconut water instead of just tap water is it’s packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels in the body. It’s important to maintain your electrolyte level for proper cell function and for energy.
Sea salt helps with muscle contraction and expansion and re-hydration.
Bach flower rescue remedy, helps you stay calm and focused, with no side effect to you or baby.
Calcium and magnesium assist in muscle and nerve activities. These two minerals help the muscles to relax or contract. Calcium is involved in blood clotting, protecting you from losing too much blood, especially if you tear in childbirth.
Honey is used for its great taste and to give you energy.
Here is my recipe for “ Labor Aid”
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 cups coconut water
¼ tsp sea salt
a few drops of rescue remedy
1 Tbsp of liquid calcium/magnesium
2 Tbsp of honey
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