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Episode 91 Content and Overview

For the last half century it has been a common rule in hospitals that you could not eat or drink during labor. The main reason women were originally discouraged from eating during labor isn’t as relevant now and a lot of research does not support policies limiting food during labor. In the past few years, this rule has improved to allow drinking clear liquids, but not every doctor is on board with eating during labor. In contrast, women who give birth at a birth center or at home are encouraged to eat during labor. By looking at the energy requirements of your body during labor, and the evidence to support eating during labor or avoiding nutrition, you can decide what is going to be the best course of action for you as you plan your birth. Evidence based information on eating during labor and tips to fuel your body so you do not run out of energy during your birth.

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