You’ve waited months to see your new baby, and your due date is fast approaching. In some cases, the onset of labor needs a little assistance. Perhaps your due date has come and gone, and your doctor is discussing the possibility of inducing labor. Or perhaps there is a medical issue that requires you to consider induction.
Whatever the reason, it’s good to be prepared ahead of time, so you know what to expect. Chances are you will be told to arrive early, even though it may be a few hours until the process begins.
There is much confusion surrounding what, when and how much you can eat before induction. Depending on how your body responds, things could move very quickly, or your labor could take a full day and even longer.
Once you are in labor, it’s unlikely that you will be thinking about food at all, so it is best if you can eat a good meal before arriving at the hospital. Bringing snacks along is also a good idea.
Unless your physician has a medical reason for avoiding food, eating a nutrient dense meal prior to induction will give you the energy and stamina you need to push through this intense time. Steady blood sugar is an important factor in keeping your strength up, so avoiding simple sugars and carbs, along with greasy, heavy foods is recommended throughout pregnancy and before labor.
Instead, eating lean proteins and complex carbs as well as being well hydrated will help you feel your best when the time comes and give you the strength to endure. It will also help you to fully enjoy those first precious moments with your newborn in your arms. As long as you are feeling well, you will be able to eat soon after giving birth and then you can relish the time spent getting to know your new baby.