Would You Stop for Food While in Labor?


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I was induced, so I didn't experience the drama of rushing off to the hospital already in labor, but of course many mamas do. I read recently about a woman who was ticketed while in labor and on her way to the hospital. Can you imagine getting stopped for a ticket on your way to deliver?!

And I read an interesting post in Answers about moms grabbing food while en route to the hospital. Here's the scoop.

girlneffy asked moms if they'd stop for fast food on thier way to give birth, before arriving at the hospital where you'll have to wait to eat for who knows how long

Lots of moms said they would, or did.

robinalbright stopped in at Hardee's for breakfast -- yum!

babyangelromero stopped at Burger King at her nurse's suggestion. The nurse told her she'd have several hours whether she wound up with a vaginal delivery or a C-section, so to go for it.

blondie09 breaked for the golden arches and Rachie7987 grabbed a spicy chicken sandwich at Wendy's. She was glad she did, too, because although she was dilated when she arrived at the hospital, it was 12 more hours until her son was born.

Several moms cautioned against eating while in labor because chances are good that what goes in may well come back out one way or another as things progress -- and maderacaligirl said she didn't stop to eat because she was in too much pain on the way to the hospital both times she delivered to even think about food.

What about you? Would you stop to eat on your way to deliver?

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yakamoz yakamoz

If I were hungry at the time, I would.  If I have a hospital birth (still undecided), I will have snacks packed in the bag.  Otherwise, snacks and food will certainly be on hand.  Labor takes energy, and food provides it. 

chell... chelle752

With my third son I was induced with cervidil at 7am. The nurse told me that I could stay at the hospital or go home to wait. I chose to go home. I was in hard labor from the time they put the cervidil in so they didn't think it would take long. I decided that I wanted Pizza Hut for lunch so my friend & I went. My older boys and I always went to Pizza Hut on Tuesday nights for family nights so our waitress knew me. She ask how we were doing doing & I said I'm having a baby today. She laughed. I told her I really was, that they had started my contractions that morning. She couldn't believe that I was there eating. Pretty soon everyone in the restaurant knew. She even told her manager who then gave us our lunch for free. I didn't return to the hospital until about 5pm that night. He was my 10 pounder so it took awhile to push him out!

BJoan BJoan

I had been told not to eat once labor started.....which always made me feel a little sorry for myself when I heard about people eating or snacking while in labor. I would have enjoyed that in the early phases.

Alyss... AlyssaH87

They told me not to eat on the morning before b/c your not supposed to have anything in your stomach.


My water broke with both of my kids, and with my daughter, I didn't eat because I was sure my labor would start. WRONG. I had to be induced, it took all day, and my blood sugar dropped through the floor. I have epilepsy, and I could easily have had szs from it, so when my water broke with my son, I had breakfast and told my doc he could sue if he wanted but I had maybe 10 cents! It turned out to be the smart thing to do. My labor was induced and it was about 12 hours long.


NurseKim NurseKim

I ate a small peanut butter sandwich on the way to the hospital with my 1st...big mistake!  I felt nauseous all throughout labor, and even though I had morning sickness during the 1st trimester and part of the 2nd, the only time I threw up throughout the entire pregnancy was about 5hours or so into labor.  What I didn't know then that I know now is that your GI system shuts down as blood is diverted to the reproductive system to help in the process of getting baby out...thus, the food will be sitting around for hours.  Once I yakked, I immediately felt better and labor was just painful instead of horrible.  Also, in the event that there is fetal distress and you need an emergency c-section, you will be put under (general anesthesia), and food in the belly is a no-no, as you could vomit while unconscious and aspirate it...causing pneumonia if you're lucky and worse if you're not.  After baby's out, your GI system will wake up pretty quickly and they'll bring you food!

t1gge... t1gger143

Food was the furthest thing from my mind. I don't think I ate at all for two days before my son was born. I tried, but nothing would stay down.

bigbl... bigblueeyes

i barely made it to the hospital with each of mine!!!.....they'd have been born in the truck on the way if we'd tried to stop!....lol....not that i could have eaten anyway!...lol....was too busy trying to remember to breathe!....lol

Lokis... LokisMama

I didn't get to eat for about 15 hours when I went into the hospital to have my son.  With my daugher, my homebirth, I was walking to the store to get stuff to snack on while I was laboring!!!!

madam... madamekatekate

I had gone out to eat before I went into labor. Of course, I ate around 8:30-9:00 p.m. So by the time I went into labor (around 2:30 a.m.) I was getting hungry! I wound up at the hospital around 4:30 a.m. (long story. my smart ass was soooo sure it was false labor.) So I'm there, slooooooowly dilating, doing nothing but being in pain and hungry. Around 10 a.m. they decided to do a c-section. 10:28 DD was born. So I went into recovery for an hour. And finally around noon I was in my room and it was lunch time.

I got some freaking lovely broth. WTH is that man. Lol.

The rest of the day passed by and I had a regular dinner of solids. But around 12:30 a.m. I was STARVING. I mean, seriously. So one of the nurses actually went to the cafeteria and bought me some chicken strips. I loved her so so much.


Anyways this is my point....If I knew I had time to stop for food, I sure as HELL would!

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