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Can I Eat or Drink During Labor?

Find out if you're allowed to nosh during labor—because let's face it: You could be there a while.
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May 10, 2017
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For the most part, yes. If you have a low-risk pregnancy and a normal labor, you can typically eat and drink anything you want, as long as it’s nutritious—doctors recommend snacks with complex carbs and vitamin B so you have plenty of energy.

That said, you might not want to. Labor can bring on some unpleasant side effects, like nausea and vomiting, so if you’re going to eat, keep it light.

Hospitals have different policies on eating and drinking after an epidural, so ask what’s allowed during your hospital tour or prenatal appointment with your OB.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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