It’s important to stay very well hydrated throughout labour. It’s also very important is the need to stay energized and as refreshed as possible. Let’s face it – labour is hard work requiring a lot of deep breathing, and movement. It’s the biggest workout of your life!
Some families will turn to energy drinks or Gatorade to keep themselves going, but these drinks can have huge amounts of caffeine and other ingredients that can affect your baby’s heart rate and your blood pressure. On top of that they often contain other chemicals and ingredients whose effects on labour and babies are not yet fully known.
So what’s a labouring mother to drink?
Labouraide!! (click here for a pdf print out of the recipe!)
Labouraide contains several helpful ingredients that will not only keep your hydration in check, but actually have some other benefits. Plus, it’s absolutely delicious, customizable, and makes a great drink for keeping your support partners going too.
I like to use coconut water when I make labouraide because of the natural electrolites and minerals. You can use regular tap water if you don’t like the taste of coconut water though.
Lemon juice and herbs (mint and/or lavender) are excellent for combating nausea.
Sea salt helps with muscle changes (expansion and contractions).
Calcium and magnesium are great for healthy blood clotting, muscular health, and vitamin D is excellent for mood and energy levels. (**Always check with your doctor to ensure these are ok for you to consume. Show your doctor the recipe!!).
Honey balances all of the flavours out and the sugar helps with keeping your energy levels high.
Here’s my favourite recipe!
- 4-5 cups of water
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup honey (or to taste)
- *1/4 tsp salt
- **2 calcium/magnesium tablets, crushed (magic bullet or coffee grinder works well) or 2 servings of liquid calcium-magnesium
- 1 sprig of fresh mint, lavender, or a few chamomile flowers if available.
- Blend if using magnesium tablets, otherwise mix and chill!
I also like to throw in some frozen berries, and sometimes steep some caffeine free berry or fruit tea for a different flavour!