New Report Finds Eating Light Meal During Labor is Beneficial

eating light meal during laborIt had traditionally been believed that fasting was necessary while a woman was in labor. The reason being to avoid aspiration that could lead to pneumonia. However, a new report has found that this actually may not be the case. The report, presented during the Anesthesiology 2015 annual meeting found that eating a light meal is beneficial for the labor process.

What The Researchers Found…

Researchers visited hundreds of cases on women who have had birth in a hospital. They found that the energy demands of a woman undergoing labor is similar to a marathon runner, whose body will use fat as an energy source if it cannot be found elsewhere (i.e. through adequate nutrition).

For laboring women, this phenomenon would lead to reduced uterine contractions, leading to longer, more strenuous labor and lower health scores for newborns.

Aspiration is a Very Rare Phenomenon

To re-emphasize, the main concern eating during labor was because of aspiration troubles.

Advancements in anesthesia have made the pain involved during labor a lot more manageable and safer, which reduces risks related to eating. Aside from this, the researchers also noted that aspiration is very rare citing only one case that had occurred between 2005 and 2013 of a woman suffering from obesity and pre-clampsia.

Benefits of a Light Meal During Labor

Provided you are in good health standing, which is to be determined by your doctor, a light meal during labor could provide benefits. Researchers note that light meals would “give expectant mothers more choices in their birthing experience and prevent them from being calorie deficient, helping to provide energy during labor”.

Always Follow Your Doctor’s Advice

Regardless of the findings, you should always follow the advice of your obstetrician or doctor. They will direct any laboring women as to whether a light meal would benefit them or not.

Dr. Torbati is a board-certified OB/GYN in Tarzana. He specializes in obstetrics, family planning, and other related services. He has been practicing for over 20 years, having delivered several newborns to happy Mothers. For more information, please contact our office @ (818) 575-6021.

When Does Pregnancy Brain Start?

Is “Pregnancy Brain” Real?

When does pregnancy brain startSome may argue that “Pregnancy Brain” is real and that it’s only normal to develop it during a pregnancy. Conveniently speaking, this would be a great deal for all women and moms-to-be, imagine for a moment you have an excuse to be ‘forgetful and unaware’, which honestly isn’t the case. There’s no doubt there may be many changes that happen to women’s bodies during pregnancy, but your ability to process and analyze ideas isn’t one of them.

Pregnancy Brain – Myth or Reality?

It is believed that “Pregnancy Brain” develops during pregnancy and women reach a state of incomprehensiveness. A number of women across the globe have actually bought into this idea, they genuinely believe that they are in fact expected to go through this haze during pregnancy.

Any research on the topic that tries to support this idea has been close to compromised since there’s just a lot to be discovered when it comes to pregnancies. Dr. Louanne Brizendine, a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco, and author of The Female Brain, informs her readers that women’s behavior is in fact affected by changes in their brain during pregnancy. But it isn’t unawareness or incomprehension but rather women become exhausted and fatigued by all the hormonal changes throughout their body.

Tips on Preventing Pregnancy Brain

In order to prevent exhibiting signs and quickly diagnosing yourself with “Pregnancy Brain” practice the following tips to help ease the stress and tiredness all of these changes in your body during pregnancy. Pregnancy tiredness is only normal during the first trimester and reappears again in the third trimester, luckily for you, there are natural ways for you to help lessen the intensity of these moments.

  • Start by food swapping cravings for anti-inflammatory yet satisfying foods.(Try more organic fruits and vegetables and less processed foods.)
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  • It is highly recommended to stay hydrated during pregnancies, fluids are extremely precious at this point. Try natural fruit juices, milk, and tea (decaf only) if the idea of only water saturates your taste.
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  • Commit to daily exercise and light stretching. Aerobic exercising would be a great style of exercise to practice during pregnancies, such as brisk walking outdoors will help blood flow and leave you feeling refreshed.
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  • Avoid skipping opportunities to nap. Give into your need to sleep, taking 15 to 20-minute naps can help you feel rejuvenated and diminish any stress you might’ve developed during your day.
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There’s going to be a lot of changes in your life and your body during this new experience. It might feel overwhelming at times, but there’s no need to doubt or question your thinking. You are designing a life within you and you need the rest and tranquility, don’t fall into the whole pregnancy brain syndrome or ‘momnesia’ and its sociopolitical theories. They’re nothing but a whisper in the wind.