Give birth is a big event for pregnant women. It takes a lot of effort and effort to get through safely. One of the things that need to be considered is the physical condition of the mother during childbirth. Yes, the physical condition of pregnant women must be excellent during the labor process. When giving birth, the mother is likened to an athlete, who exerts all her strength and ability to bring her baby to the world. The muscles around the hips, uterine muscles, and abdominal muscles work very hard during the labor process. If, the physical condition of the pregnant mother is not excellent, the birthing process will be a tiring and painful process. (Other interesting articles: signs about to give birth)
Therefore, in order to form a prime condition for pregnant women during childbirth, it is necessary to have energy and nutritional intake before the birth process takes place or at the beginning of the delivery process. One of the energy intake can be obtained from several foods and drinks.
The question is, is it allowed to eat and drink during the delivery process? the answer, yes, you can. One more time during the process of giving birth requires a lot of energy, sometimes during the delivery process the mother will feel thirsty and hungry, therefore pregnant women during childbirth are allowed to consume foods such as snacks, fruits or sweet drinks. Previously, many practitioners forbade pregnant women during childbirth to consume food and drinks because they were worried that they could choke or vomit. However, recent research has revealed that there is no risk during childbirth related to food and drink, even Maria Newburn from the National Childbirth Trust advises not to limit pregnant women to food and drink during labor (Daily mail, Wednesday 20/1/2010 )
What Should I Eat Before I Give Birth?
Foods that are good for consumption before childbirth are foods that contain carbohydrates. This type of food is easy to digest and will provide a lot of energy. Eat little by little but often or recommended once an hour before childbirth takes place or at the beginning of contractions. Types of carbohydrate foods to choose from:
- Milk pudding
For fruits, try banana as the first choice. As an alternative to bananas, you can eat apples.
Ahead of the delivery process, avoid consuming foods that contain lots of fat, this will affect the performance of your stomach during childbirth.
What Should I Drink Before Giving Birth?
Yogurt with low fat content is a good choice when mothers need energy for the birth process. Yogurt is quite good because it contains sugar and carbohydrates. Drink yogurt before the birth process takes place, in order to get an effective energy intake. As an alternative, you can consume honey mixed with herbal tea. In addition to restoring the energy lost during childbirth, consuming this drink can also make the mother feel calm. The next alternative is sweet tea, but avoid excessive sugar.
Also, during the birthing process, prepare lots of water. Mothers should often drink water during pregnancy, to avoid dehydration.
Before or during the delivery process, avoid the mother from consuming drinks that contain soda or cola. Also avoid acidic drinks such as orange juice or grapes
Note: All consumption of food and beverages applies to normal delivery, if the mother gives birth by caesarean section, consult your doctor about this.