It seems to be baby season lately (including in my MOMS Club — yay!) so I thought I’d share my midwives’ awesome Labor-Aid recipe with you all. Labor-Aid is a delicious, healthy drink to help keep you hydrated & energized when you’re in labor. (Mixing up a big batch is also a great activity to take your mind off things in early labor!) I absolutely loved it with my last birth, and highly recommend it! It would make an excellent drink to bring to the hospital or birthing center, too — ideal to help keep your energy up, especially if you choose to follow instructions not to eat. (To learn more about that recommendation, definitely check out this great post on Evidence Based Birth.)
So without further ado, here’s the recipe, for you moms to be!
Here is the reason behind each ingredient: Lemon juice relieves digestive problems, nausea, heartburn & bloating. And it tastes great. Coconut water is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to hydrate and energize the body. Sea salt helps with muscle contraction and expansion, and hydration. Bach Rescue Remedy helps you stay calm & focused, with no side effect to you or baby. Calcium and magnesium assist in muscle and nerve activities. They help muscles relax or contract. Calcium is also involved in blood clotting. Honey tastes great and gives you energy.
Squeeze and freeze the lemon juice in an ice cube tray in advance — then add the cubes to the recipe in lieu of fresh lemon juice. Each cube is about 1 ounce, so to make 1/4 cup, you’ll need 2 cubes. (They’re also great to have around for cooking and to put in drinks.)
For the calcium, I used Floradix Calcium Magnesium liquid, and really liked it. It’s also great in late pregnancy to help you relax at night and calm muscle cramps. It’s available on Amazon or at health food stores (think Mrs. Green’s).
And for coconut water, I tried a bunch of them until I found my favorite, Vita Coco. Available on Amazon, at Costco sometimes, and at Whole Foods, among others.
Bach Rescue Remedy is a homeopathic blend available on Amazon, or at Whole Foods, Mrs. Green’s, or other health food stores.
And for extra yumminess, and because I was really into mango in my third trimester, I added a splash of Snapple Mango drink to each of my batches.
If you have a labor recipe or snack you enjoy, share it in the Comments!
And if you are in the NYC metro area and are interested in home birth, I cannot recommend Journey to Birth enough. Check out their website to learn more here.
As always, nothing here should be considered, or is meant to impart, medical advice. Consult your qualified physician or midwife for questions regarding medical issues or health. For more information, check out my disclaimer.