When my first baby was born seven years ago, I was a perfect patient and always followed my midwife's instructions. I was so scared I was going to do something "wrong," so I didn't eat anything after we checked in to labor and delivery. At least, not right away. Now that I have been through childbirth a few times, I can safely say that I'll definitely be sneaking food in this time around. In fact, I tell all my pregnant friends my list of foods every new mom should consider sneaking into her labor and delivery room; you know, manifesting your destiny and things like that.
For my first child's birth, I checked into the hospital at 6:00 in the evening. I had previously enjoyed a light dinner, but didn't eat much. About 15 hours later I was so hungry I begged my midwife for something to eat. She literally said, "Oh hon, I didn't know that you hadn't eaten. Go ahead and have a snack. You need your strength." I found a granola bar in the bottom of my purse and ate it in three bites. Then I had a popsicle (which tasted like the best thing I'd ever eaten), and a can of Sprite. I wish I had spoken up sooner.
My second time going to labor and delivery, I was sure to pack some snacks and sports drinks in my hospital bag. I spoke up for myself and what I needed. I even snuck in a six pack of my favorite craft beer for after delivery. (Shhh. Don't tell the nurse.) And this time around, I am hoping the hospital staff will be OK with me eating during labor. If not, I am probably going to sneak something in anyway, I am a rebel like that, and I know what I need to make it through. So, yeah, the following things will definitely be coming with me to the delivery room. #SorryNotSorry
Nuts are a great nutrient-dense source of protein and fiber, are portable, and easy to eat (and easy to hide from suspicious nurses).
Portable, healthy, and non-perishable; you can bring a few in case your labor lasts longer than you anticipate. Trust me when I say you'll want a granola bar to snack on, especially if the food at the hospital sucks.
Fiber is important for postpartum pooping, so fruit provides quick, easily accessible energy and a ton of fiber.
If you can't stomach whole fruit, pouches of applesauce or other fruit blends might be a great alternative. Also, they are good practice for eating your kid's leftovers for meals or snacks.
I got super dehydrated during my first labor. I brought some sports drinks the next time, and they made a huge difference.
Send your support person out for popsicles or a slushy. Trust me. You're welcome.
I had hyperemesis gravidarum during my second and current pregnancies. Sour candy is the only thing that settles my stomach. I have bags stashed all over my house, car, and in my hospital go bag, just in case I get nauseated during labor.
Because it's chocolate and you are growing a birthing a human, you badass you!
If you drink, there's no better time for a toast than after 40 weeks of sobriety and growing a human being in your body. Just don't forget a bottle opener. They probably won't have one at the nurse's station.
The above picture is literally the holiday gift my spouse gave me this year, so I have plenty to choose from when I head to the hospital.