Pregnancy / Childbirth

Can you eat in the delivery room?


The good news is that you can eat at every delivery room ... The bad news is that the person accompanying the delivery woman can bite into delicious sandwiches. Expectant mother does not always have such an opportunity.

In most hospitals after delivery for delivery eating is not allowed. Even if giving birth to your child for several hours, eating is not recommended. Even worse, drinking is treated similarly. Midwives in many hospitals only allow wetting of the lips.

Drinking is only possible in some establishments.

Where did the ban come from?

Restriction of meals during childbirth was introduced in the 1940s. This decision was dictated by the results Curtis Mendelson's research.

The scientist proved that during general anesthesia there is a risk of getting stomach contents from the stomach to the lungs. In this way, in his opinion, may come to chemical pneumonia, which was called Mendelson's syndrome. Unfortunately, these changes represent threat to life and in the last century were the most common cause of death in labor during delivery.

Since the Curtis hypothesis, confirmed during experiments on rabbits, a NPO ban (Latin nil per os - nothing through the mouth) was introduced for all women giving birth.

Does this ban make sense?

Yes and no. The latest research from the University of Liverpool indicate that the principle of non-drinking and eating during delivery is not as logical as previously thought. In practice, this prohibition can only hinder the birth of a child, taking away the giving birth and blocking the proper delivery.

Researchers indicate that the woman giving birth should have the right to choose whether to eat a light meal during a long delivery and thus give herself strength, or better, for safety, in the event of the necessity of a Caesarean section, to deny this possibility.

Another argument for eating during delivery is that today, most Caesarean sections are performed under local anesthesia. In addition, current types of anesthesia minimize the risk of gastric transmission (also because of airway protection that was not used at the time of Mendelson).

Assessment is also a problem how long before delivery should you limit your food to keep your stomach completely empty. Apart from the fact that it is not known when the solution will occur ...

In addition, according to Mendelson's findings, it is not the content from the stomach that threatens the most, but the hydrochloric acid, which is more common among women who starve during delivery. These are just some of the doubts.

You can also give the argument: not exactly a good choice, which is drip feeding, which causes a sudden increase in insulin in the mother and the fetus.

Low-risk pregnancy and eating in the delivery room

These researchers from the University of Liverpool indicate that in the case of low-risk deliveries, the eating ban should be lifted. The more that 3130 women whose physiological pregnancies were examined were examined. It turned out that eating a meal during labor does not increase the risk of vomiting, does not worsen the state of delivery, has no negative impact on the child.