It’s Wednesday 12:00 pm and I still have a bun in the oven. While I am not due for another three days, I could go any minute…or another week (gah!). The suspense is driving me bananas. Especially with all these giant snowstorms happening now and in the next few days, I am a little nervous. With my first, I worked up until my contractions started. The busy-ness and being surrounded by my good friends and colleagues at work made the time fly by. This time around, I have been working a great deal from home. The great thing is, I have been able to rest much more (thank goodness), but the downside is that these last few weeks have been draaaagging.
While it is hard to quiet that ticking clock in my head and to stop myself from thinking about all the hypotheticals that could happen during the labor and delivery and when it is all going to go down, I have been trying to keep busy by packing bags for my daughter, husband, baby, and myself. And I am so grateful for this peaceful snow day that has enabled our current family of three to just enjoy being together before the chaos strikes.
Since food is the best thing to take my mind off serious issues, I thought I’d share with you a list of snacks I have packed for the big day. It is important that a mama keeps her strength and energy up during labor. Eating the right combination of protein, carbs, and nutrients will give moms the boost they need. Of course, check with your hospital to see if eating or drinking is permitted during labor. You should also check with your OB to see if it’s ok. Sometimes, hospitals and practitioners advise against it, especially if they believe a laboring mama might be headed toward a c-section. I did check with my hospital and light eating is permitted. They even have a kitchen and snack room. I hardly ate or drank with my first and it seemed like my energy levels were low within the first few hours. So here’s hoping some snacks and plenty of fluids will help this time around:
- Dried fruit and nuts
- Packets of honey. These go straight to your bloodstream and provide a quick energy boost.
- Miso soup. Sounds weird, but this soup is packed with protein and also has the saltiness I have been craving during this pregnancy. I was able to find packets of instant miso at my local health food store, so all I will need is boiling water.
- Granola bars
- Dark chocolate
- Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. I have not tried this yet, but it is supposed to be good for uterine health.
- Coconut water. Contains tons of natural electrolytes for energy and is an awesome thirst quencher. It also works like a charm for hangovers, not that I can remember the last time I had one!
- Pre-cut pieces of cheese
- Protein bars
- Fresh fruit
- Nut butter and crackers
- Champagne for when the baby arrives!!!!
Moms, would you add anything else to this list?
Not sure if I’ll be back here next week, so thanks for reading and supporting me through this pregnancy journey!