Mix the following ingredients in a large container for a tasty electrolyte drink for labor. Double or triple the amounts for a first labor. The average first labor is about 16 hours. Make this recipe before labor begins so you can make any changes and make sure it tastes good to you. You can also put it in some ice cube trays so you have the option to suck on the ice during labor, especially if it becomes difficult to drink a lot. The electrolytes and other ingredients will help your body stay balanced and help keep up your energy. See below for ideas for things to eat during labor. If you’re giving birth in a hospital and someone tells you not to drink and eat, do it when they are not in your labor room.
½ Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1/3 Cup Raw honey or to taste, preferably locally harvested honey
5 Cups filtered water, bottled water, Smart Water, or coconut water
The laboring mother should drink 8 oz every hour and should also urinate once every hour.
Suggested snacks for labor:
- Scrambled Eggs
- Toast and Honey
- Crackers and Hummus
- Miso Soup (or other broths)
- Whey Protein Drink
- Fresh Juice Prepared in a blender or Vitamix (No Citrus-too acidic)
- Apple Sauce
- Canned Peaches (low sugar not in syrup)
- Granola Bars