No Need for Most Moms to Fast During Labor

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Although conventional wisdom has long held that women shouldn't eat or drink during labor, the scientific evidence suggests there's no reason for the prohibition ...

"... there is no justification for the restriction of fluids and food in labor for women at low risk of complications," ...

... Until the 1940s, women were generally encouraged to eat and drink during labor ... to keep up their strength.

... a 1946 paper ... suggested that access to food increased the risk that women under anesthesia would aspirate acidic stomach contents during labor, potentially causing serious lung injury and even death.

Mendelson's work persuaded many obstetricians to urge that women fast until after delivery ...

... anesthesia procedures have changed markedly since the 1940s, with regurgitation of stomach contents now considered very rare.

"The policy of routine restriction of foods and fluids in labor in many hospitals across the world generally does not reflect women's preferences or cultural expectations," ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448