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Laborade? Anyone tried it?


I've been Googling what I should do to best prepare for labour, and eating and drinking seem to be the most popular in terms of keeping my energy up. I came across this site (http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/pregnancy-childbirth/ninth-month/easy-ways-stay-well-nourished-during-labor) which mentions the following recipe. Wondering if anyone's tried it and what it tastes like? I'm not a big fan of the taste of honey or lemon, so not sure how watered down it could possibly get.

Even if you haven't tried this, it there any particular snack, cereal bar, juice, etc. that you found really helped with keeping your energy up?

Many mothers in our practice have used a time-tested recipe they call “laborade,” which is a healthy version of the familiar drink of athletes. It provides carbohydrates, electrolytes, and minerals to help keep your body chemistry balanced.
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1-2 calcium tablets, crushed,Add enough water to make one quart. You can add an additional eight ounces of water for a milder flavor, or you can flavor this blend with your favorite juice.
Nov 13, 2014 @ 07:15 pm

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I had two kids, one naturally, and didn't do anything like this to 'get ready for labor'. Mine turned out just fine and my labor was a breeze.
Nov 14, 2014 @ 02:05 pm


That's good for you that you had an easy breezy birth. I can only hope mine will go the same. But since the majority of labour & delivery are quite tough, I'd like to be as prepared as possible. Hence why I'm trying to gather all the info I can about how other moms tried to make labour just a little bit easier on themselves, or whatever helped with the pain. I have some medical disorders that will most likely make labour more difficult for me, and I'm hoping to either prolong the need for an epidural, or maybe go without completely. If that means eating and drinking, or doing whatever else helps, I'd like to know my options before the big day, you know?
Nov 14, 2014 @ 07:07 pm

Couldn't hurt

But I don't think you need this stuff... trust me... labor is hard.. and sugar water won't make it any easier... You don't need gimmicks, your body is made to do this. Thing is, an athlete can "give up" if he is tired but you can't... your body is a machine made to deliver this baby, so tired or not that baby is coming out... but it couldn't hurt. If you think it will help you and you feel you need it, go for it... it is your experience and whatever helps helps...

Just a tip, I would find out if they will let you drink this in the hospital... When I was in labor they would not let me eat or drink anything because they were afraid it would make me vomit (I didn't vomit) but I was only allowed ice chips... and I was in labor for 19 hours...
Nov 17, 2014 @ 03:08 pm


Obviously there's no real giving up since the baby is coming one way or another, but whatever can help. I have to ask my midwife actually if I can eat or drink. If she says no, I'm sure there's a waiver I can sign. The only reason they don't want you eating or drinking is because they used to put you completely under routinely for c-sections, but in most cases they don't do that anymore. There's no way I'd be able to handle all the pain and on top of that battle a migraine that would come from not eating for so long. I read on one forum a woman who went almost three whole days without eating. To me, that's just cruel and unusual punishment. By the end of it she was so tired and barely had any energy to push. Thanks for the advice. I'm going to bring a few things, just in case. I may be too nauseous to even attempt it, but at least I know it's there if I need it. Whatever I can do to try to make this easier on myself.
Nov 17, 2014 @ 08:34 pm

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