It's important to keep your energy levels up, as labour can be unpredictable and uses up an enormous amount of energy.
Having some small snacks and sipping on water or energy drinks can help you feel more comfortable during labour. Here's a list of supplies to stock up on in your bag (or in a separate bag) for yourself and your birth partner to nibble on should you feel peckish prior to meeting your baby.
1. Flapjacks/breakfast bars
A great energy boosting food, the oats in the flapjack or most breakfast bars will replenish those essential calories. It’s also a good one to pack for your birth partner as they'll need to keep their energy up too.
2. Isotonic drinks
An energy drink can you give that burst of energy if eating isn’t an option.
3. Fresh fruit
Gas and air can dry out your mouth and your lips, so snacking on some fresh fruit can help you feel refreshed and rehydrated. Perhaps stick to fruit that will last out of the fridge like satsumas, bananas and apples.
4. Dried fruit
Dried fruits like apricots, raisins, prunes and figs are all high in vitamin E, iron, magnesium and calcium. What’s more, you’ll get all these nutrients in a relatively small portion as most of the water will have been extracted.
5. Sandwiches or pastries
Adding your favourite sandwich or pain au chocolat can be a really useful snack during labour. A carb-filled option will be just what you need to help release energy slowly while you're in labour.
Don't underestimate packing some water bottles with you. You could also grab an on-the-go, compact cordial bottle to add flavour.
7. Sweet treats
Pop a couple of choccies or breakfast bars with chocolate in them to satisfy any cravings you may have. Jaffa cakes could be a good option here, too.
One to banish that gas and air taste, don’t forget to chuck a pack of polos into your hospital bag.
If all of the other snacks mentioned above make you feel nauseous, digestives or rich tea biscuits are a safe alternative to try. They're good to dunk into a cup of tea for that quick, yet satisfying fix. Or maybe some Hobnobs or chocolate covered digestives? Biscuits in general are a winner during labour.