It’s really important to remember to eat and drink throughout labour – and to offer your labouring partner regular sips of water and bites to eat.
Water is definitely needed by both of you during labour, especially if this is over a few hours. Being dehydrated can cause headaches and dizziness, it steals energy and it can cause labour slow.
Please don’t wait for your partner to ask for water or food – she is busy and focused on contractions so it can be helpful to put a straw to her lips after each contraction so she can drink and to offer small, healthy snacks to keep her energy going.
And you need to drink and eat as well so don’t forget your needs.
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