In addition to preparing my postpartum meals, one of the other tasks I prioritise over setting up the nursery (bubs sleeps with you for at least 6 months, am I right?!) is preparing nutrient dense and easy to digest labour snacks.
It won’t come as a surprise to you that I don’t recommended the more traditional options including juice, lollies or dried fruit, due to the blood sugar crash that inevitably follows.
Four of my favourite labour snacks are:
- Gelatin gummies. Naturally sweetened with fruit and a touch of honey or rice malt syrup, these are my kind of lollies! While we often don’t feel like much to eat at all during labour, small mouthfuls can make all the difference.
- Black Tahini Cookies. Did you know that in Eastern culture, black sesame seeds are considered a lactation aid and are rich in B vitamins, which are perfect for physical replenishment postpartum? Nature continue to be the most powerful source of health.
- Nutty MCT Protein Bars. You’ll know that protein is key for blood sugar control, plus I’m a big fan of MCT oil for keeping your brain sharp. This is especially relevant for longer labours.
- Fruit & coconut cream ice blocks. These are refreshing and the one thing I asked for after Grace was born. Extra points if you include coconut water or fresh lemon and lime juice for added hydration. You’ll need to check if your birthing centre or hospital has facilities for you to store these, or simply request that a visitor brings you one, because we all know there may not be much else palatable on offer. #hospitalfoodsucks
Do you have any ideas to share?