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Snacks for labour?!

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mrslillian · 22/06/2020 18:21

In the process of packing my hospital bag, I'm planning on taking some snacks for me and hubby but not sure what to pack! Due in August so it's likely to be hot. My SIL suggested Jaffa cakes but they'll probably just melt 🙈 what are other people's must haves?

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lockdownpregnancy · 22/06/2020 18:24

Crisps, biscuits, cereal bars, fruit, some cordial and whatever care package my MIL does for me! 😁

MaverickDanger · 22/06/2020 18:26

Belvita bars, Soreen bars, jelly babies and Pringles are on my list.

Wolfiefan · 22/06/2020 18:26

We took a packed lunch. And brought it home uneaten!

mrsc1987 · 22/06/2020 18:26

I wasnt allowed to eat in labour but after i really wanted some fruit, bananas and apples etc. I also had cereal bars, crisps and flapjacks.

theseriousmoonlight · 22/06/2020 18:27

Brung more than you think you need. I've been in hospital since Thursday night (induction) and currently worrying that I've eaten all my biscuits.

theseriousmoonlight · 22/06/2020 18:29

Also, I agree with mrsc1987. Bring fruit. I'm craving it so much due to the heat.

Elledouble · 22/06/2020 18:30

We took loads of snacks. Nuts, dried fruit and chocolate, that kind of thing. I threw up early on in labour and couldn’t stand the thought of food until the ubiquitous tea and toast arrived, but I do remember looking up at my partner when I was smacked up on pethedine and feeling weirdly furious that he was stuffing his face with chocolate! I was half-conscious (I laboured through the night) and refused to speak to anyone for hour but still felt cross with him, poor bloke! Grin

MsMeNz · 22/06/2020 18:33

Zero appitate in hunger but nice for something after, husband can sort himself out I'm sure, I liked the Jaffa cake idea. Hospital toast tastes like heaven after labour though 😁

mrslillian · 22/06/2020 18:51

Some great ideas here, thank you! I'm packing my husband his own bag of snacks else he'll just eat all my food 🙈

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crazychemist · 22/06/2020 19:16

Cold grapes. Doesn’t matter if you don’t finish them, they help cool you down and they give you liquid. (Kept mine in a lunchbox with an ice box). I couldn’t manage anything more substantial and really didn’t feel hungry.

The toast afterwards is amazing! Best thing I’ve ever eaten.

I also had a bar of galaxy chocolate for later, which I put on the table by my bed. Enormously grateful for that and the rest of the grapes when I woke up with the munchies in the middle of the night. Chocolate has iron, you need it!

Wolfiefan · 22/06/2020 20:34

Freeze the grapes! Yum!

4amWitchingHour · 22/06/2020 21:18

The ex-midwife who ran my NCT course said tinned fruit was a good one (I guess with pull lids), as you often get a dry mouth and so want wetter food. Cereal bars might not be so good because they're so dry, even if convenient

Mangomumma · 22/06/2020 21:40

I couldn't face any of the food I packed whilst in labour. DH enjoyed the cereal bars & jelly babies though! I didn't want to eat anything for a few hours afterwards apart from fruit / fruit juice.

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Dontiknowit · 22/06/2020 21:57

Lucozade was great for me
And sandwiches are a definite for birth partners

NewMumma1819 · 22/06/2020 22:02

Wine gums (really good for energy)
Rice cakes (snack a jack style ones)
Breakfast bars
Prepopped Popcorn
Lots of drink - I went through 5 of the jugs of water they give you in 8 hours, in December!

iwilltaketwoplease · 22/06/2020 22:31

I didn't take anything into hospital but with my second I went to McDonald's to get a burger before heading into hospital Blush

Lockdownmum1010 · 23/06/2020 00:27

Only thing I had during labour was some squash, couldn't face food. I appreciated the snacks after though, hospital food wasn't great and I was awake a lot of the night so got hungry!

CoolNoMore · 23/06/2020 06:44


Awwwww that's really sweet!

mrslillian · 23/06/2020 07:00

Cold grapes, wine gums and rice cakes sound like a fab idea, and I'll be taking a couple of bottles of lucozade sport I think.
Thanks everyone Grin

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FirstTM2020 · 23/06/2020 08:25

Pot noodles, crisps, chocolate, jelly sweets, cereal bars, lucozade raspberry with the sports cap (can re fill with warm water and schoosh on your fairy after birth when peeing🤣) xx

BaronessBomburst · 23/06/2020 08:29

Dates, figs, and tomatoes. Liquorice all sorts. Lots of water. You really don't want anything that might make you a bit bunged up.

Persipan · 23/06/2020 09:10

I packed loads, but the only thing I ate was a few jelly sweets. I had a MASSIVE bag of them and was still eating them for days after I gave birth, just to keep me going!

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