How much can I eat when I'm in labour?

Most women do not have much of an appetite in labour from the combination of pain from contractions and nausea from the labour itself. However, as labour can take many hours and may be exhausting, it is sensible to eat light snacks from time to time such as biscuits or toast, in early labour. Highly spiced or fatty food is not advisable. In certain situations, if it is thought a Caesarean is likely or an anaesthetic necessary, the doctors will ask you not to eat or drink anything and instead give you fluids through a drip. This is because an anaesthetic is safer for you if your stomach is empty.
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