Staying Hydrated and Nourished During Your Home Birth

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In our Birth at Home classes, we like to keep things simple. While our course is jam-packed with a variety of valuable information, we continuously come back to the 4 basics which we believe really make the difference in childbirth:

  1. Eat
  2. Drink
  3. Rest
  4. Pee

In this post, we go over some recommendations for the Eat and Drink part of those big four to help you stay nourished and hydrated during your home birth.

Staying Nourished During Your Home Birth:

Eat meals as normally as possible during the earlier phases of your birth (for as long as you’re able to!).  Be mindful of getting in protein with your meals to provide you with sustained energy for later!

Energy-rich snacks are helpful to have around, such as:

If / when you reach a point where eating a full meal becomes difficult, find ways to sneak in some nourishment with:

*These items are nice because they can be consumed in small sips through a straw (luke-warm temperature for soups/broth), making them easier and less overwhelming to take in when you are in the powerful phases of your birth

Staying Hydrated During Your Home Birth:

It is helpful to have a variety of hydrating beverages available, as women often get bored of drinking the same thing for the whole birth!

  • Coconut Water
  • Emergen-C Packets
  • Labour-Aide (*see below for recipe)
  • Plain Water
  • Fruit Juice
  • Warm tea

*Labour-Aide Recipe

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 crushed calcium tablet (or 1/4 tsp calcium powder) (or liquid calcium-magnesium)
  • enough water to make 1 litre

Partners! This Applies To You, Too!

We often say there is nothing worse for a birth than a tired or hungry father / birth partner. Make sure you are resting, hydrating and eating yourself, so you can continue to enjoy the birth and be supportive.

Article by: Jessica (writer) & Morag (photographer) ~ Birth at Home instructors and doulas