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20/04/2013 at 14:45
Sorry if done before but I'm having a bit of a mind blank on what would be good to take for both me and H during labour / hospital stay.
MW suggested boiled sweets for me so Ive bought some of them and some strawberry laces, I've also bought lucozade, Pepsi and straws but what other snacks - I guess more filling than those, but easy to eat, would be good?
I was wondering about crisps and maybe a pack of flapjacks or cereal bars? Is there anything you found useful for giving energy, that isn't likely to melt? And should I pack bits for after the birth when I'm in overnight? How well will I be fed?!
Many lists or suggestions gratefully received!
20/04/2013 at 15:16
In my bag i have a couple of bottles of lucozade, individually wrapped flapjacks, brunch bars and tracker bars and jelly babies as they are meant to be good for energy. Also energy tabs.
20/04/2013 at 15:42
No idea about snacking in labour as I really didn't want to eat, and was at home so had whole kitchen to choose from. As for after the birth, well my recent stay in hospital highlighted to me that either I eat way more than other people or yes, you definitely need to take stuff in with you.
20/04/2013 at 16:49
I didn't eat much in labour (well mine only lasted 6 hours) but I did drink juice cartons, quite a few of them. I don't know why but I was really thirsty and I hate warm water which was all they had on offer.
As for afterwards, I wouldn't bother. They should feed you, but if you want more (or don't like the pants hospital food) you can just get H to bring you food from the cafes/shops which will be fresher and nicer / more choice than you packing things.
20/04/2013 at 17:35
I only managed one bottle of Lucozade (the still on as fizzy things made me feel sick) and a handful of peanut M&Ms in 14 hours. H's family came that evening and bought fish and chips with them which were amazing
20/04/2013 at 18:23
I took cereal bars, crisps, bananas and apples and some lucozade drinks - didn't get to eat any of them though as no time!! I got fed pretty well afterwards (well at breakfast time anyway) but I guess that depends on your hospital. Not long to go now lamby!!!
20/04/2013 at 18:25
I took loads of treats for during labour, but despite being in labour 40.5 hours I only managed a cerial bar and some jelly. When I hit 9.5cm the MW send H for some coke and added sugar to it (which made it flat?) to give me an energy boost for labour. I also had some orange squash which I struggled to keep down in labour but was fab afterwards as they push you to drink as much as possible and I struggled with just warm water!
Afterwards I needed food with me as I was obviously ravenous after 2 days of no food. They would provide me with toast if I ever were to ask but they were so busy you never would have! I got through 300g of dairy milk over my 2 day stay!!
As for H, if you are in there any length of time i'd send him for something proper/hot - he'll be much more useful afterwards. During the labour H ate crisps, cakes, buiscuits and was also catered for by the hospital as it was so quiet (usually this isn't the case i'm told, and certainly wasn't post labour).
20/04/2013 at 18:31
My H tucked into a roast beef dinner whilst I laboured, so I'm glad I didn't worry about packing for him! He certainly wasn't worried about me! Though he did leave me the banana on instruction of the MW.
I took cereal bars and gingerbread men, though ate very little TBH. Afterwards I was well fed in the hospital, though some of what I was offered was a bit dubious.
20/04/2013 at 21:41
I didn't eat in labour but my labour was just shy of 6 hours and that started at 2 in the morning so not prime eating time.
However we had ceral bars, juice cartons and some crisps oh and flapjack in the hospital bag we would have made some rolls to but labour took us a bit by surprise so wasn't time to defrost rolls and filling.
I was very glad of the snacks post baby as our midwife led unit doesn't supply food only tea and toast post baby so H had to go out in the evening to get us a takeaway as i stayed over night and needed refulling (The unit did have plates and cutlery for us to use as they are used to people having to bring their own meals).
20/04/2013 at 21:44
I wasn't allowed to eat :( I didn't even think to pack anything anyway so that was lucky! This time I am going for oaty things like flapjacks and cereal bars (trackers). Just light snacks. With B, H went out for McDonalds on my instruction!
21/04/2013 at 08:26
Thanks everyone, some good ideas here - especially the take aways for after! I do have quite a big appetite anyway so will pack some bits for post labour in case, particularly if I don't end up eating during it, I'll definitely need refuelling well!
Willow - I know, I can't quite believe it! :)
21/04/2013 at 08:41
Im worried about my breath honking when Im doing my deep breathing, so Im packing polos. I realise i won't care then, but i care now so i'll pack them!
21/04/2013 at 09:55
I need to speak to my Mw as I bet given my sugar levels will be monitored throughout I won't be allowed sweet carb tastic food! I have no idea what I will be allowed. There is a m&s in the hospital so as long as its not over night we'll be ok!
21/04/2013 at 10:26
Lamby, you should be well looked after...I had lots of tea and toast and a sandwich during labour. Toast for breakfast and lunch the next day was a hot buffet, I'm guessing qmc is same as city! We were given lots of water with ice and h fed me banana and cereal bar. As it was late there were only vending machines and no shops open. Your H will need something substantial, maybe take a sandwich as they gave my h some toast but mainly it was me they fed. Cereal bars etc are good as they stay fresh and are easy to eat as you may not feel like it but if you're not feeling sick it will keep you going!
21/04/2013 at 14:09
I didn't eat anything during labour as was sick throughout! I did drink some lucozade towards the end though as hadn't eaten for nearly 24 hours. I packed snacks though, pretty much what everyone else mentioned above. They came in very useful after, as i was only offered toast, i didn't sleep much as was too busy staring at baby so ate through the night! H popped down to the vending machine and got himself a kebab on his way home when he left at 10pm!
22/04/2013 at 07:34
Thanks all, will definitely get snacks for us both in case but good to have that inside info NL about being well fed there!
WH - I hope you are allowed some nice stuff during labour - if not you'll be ready for some sugar tastic goodness after I bet!
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