Diet During Active Labor

If your OB hasn't told you(some do forget I have found) once your contractions start you need to stay on a all liquid diet unless your OB says otherwise. To keep up with your strength it is ok to drink beef , chicken or vegetable broth, NO SOUPS! The main reason why a fluid diet is so important is because fluid just passes through your digestive system with little to no digestion needed. Solid food of course requires digestion and digesting food and having it pass through your digestive system can cause contractions to stop or prolong delivery. It is also ok to suck on hard candy and Popsicles or juice pops. In some cases your OB may require that you just chew on ice chips.