I want to eat and drink as I feel necessary when I am in labor. It is important to stay hydrated, especially since I do not want an IV. My midwife suggested I should have two big containers of coconut water on hand as it is great for replenishing electrolytes. I do not really like coconut water so I scourged the internet looking for ways to make it tastier. I came across a few labor aid recipes but none of them were perfect for me, so I created my own. It is simple to make and easy to customize to your specific tastes.
My Labor-Aid Recipe
2 cups water
4 cups coconut water
2 tablespoons honey crystals (I use THRIVE honey crystals- you can use actual honey if you prefer)
1 cup lime juice (I started out with 2 limes but they were not very juicy, I ended up using 4 limes)
I heated up my 2 cups of water and dissolved my honey crystals then waited for that to cool. While the honey and water mixture was cooling I squeezed my limes. I LOVE the taste of limes which is why I have a full cup of lime juice. If lime isn’t your preferred flavor you can use less limes or use lemons instead (I do not like lemons). After I had the lime juice ready and the honey and water mixture was cool I combined them and added my coconut water. I mixed it up and it was ready! Since I am only 33 weeks I decided to pour my Labor-Aid into ice cube containers and freeze it. I plan on putting the ice cubes in a glass of water. I did a taste test and it was wonderful! Bunny loves the ice cubes as well! I may end up chewing on the ice cubes when in labor. I plan on making another batch of Labor-Aid to drink while in labor when I am closer to my estimated due date.
Coconut Water– Coconut water has a high potassium content and contains antioxidants. It contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar and electrolytes. It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, and 5.45 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 mg of potassium, and 13.75 mg of sodium.
Honey– is an easily digestible sugar which can be used for energy. Sugar signals the body to down regulate the productions of stress hormones.