The Waiting Game


It’s Wednesday 12:00 pm and I still have a bun in the oven. While I am not due for another three days, I could go any minute…or another week (gah!). The suspense is driving me bananas. Especially with all these giant snowstorms happening now and in the next few days, I am a little nervous. With my first, I worked up until my contractions started. The busy-ness and being surrounded by my good friends and colleagues at work made the time fly by. This time around, I have been working a great deal from home. The great thing is, I have been able to rest much more (thank goodness), but the downside is that these last few weeks have been draaaagging.

While it is hard to quiet that ticking clock in my head and to stop myself from thinking about all the hypotheticals that could happen during the labor and delivery and when it is all going to go down, I have been trying to keep busy by packing bags for my daughter, husband, baby, and myself. And I am so grateful for this peaceful snow day that has enabled our current family of three to just enjoy being together before the chaos strikes.

Since food is the best thing to take my mind off serious issues, I thought I’d share with you a list of snacks I have packed for the big day. It is important that a mama keeps her strength and energy up during labor. Eating the right combination of protein, carbs, and nutrients will give moms the boost they need. Of course, check with your hospital to see if eating or drinking is permitted during labor. You should also check with your OB to see if it’s ok. Sometimes, hospitals and practitioners advise against it, especially if they believe a laboring mama might be headed toward a c-section. I did check with my hospital and light eating is permitted. They even have a kitchen and snack room. I hardly ate or drank with my first and it seemed like my energy levels were low within the first few hours. So here’s hoping some snacks and plenty of fluids will help this time around:

  1. Dried fruit and nuts
  2. Packets of honey. These go straight to your bloodstream and provide a quick energy boost.
  3. Miso soup. Sounds weird, but this soup is packed with protein and also has the saltiness I have been craving during this pregnancy. I was able to find packets of instant miso at my local health food store, so all I will need is boiling water.
  4. Granola bars
  5. Dark chocolate
  6. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. I have not tried this yet, but it is supposed to be good for uterine health.
  7. Oatmeal
  8. Coconut water. Contains tons of natural electrolytes for energy and is an awesome thirst quencher. It also works like a charm for hangovers, not that I can remember the last time I had one!
  9. Pre-cut pieces of cheese
  10. Yogurt
  11. Protein bars
  12. Fresh fruit
  13. Nut butter and crackers
  14. Champagne for when the baby arrives!!!!

Moms, would you add anything else to this list?

Not sure if I’ll be back here next week, so thanks for reading and supporting me through this pregnancy journey!


16 thoughts on “The Waiting Game

  1. I was thinking about you this morning, wondering when and if it had happened!!!

    I had a (somewhat known) c-section because baby b (my daughter) was in butt-breech position. But because they sent me in about 3 weeks earlier than anticipated, I had eaten lunch that day, and I guess you need 8 hours after that before they will do surgery. They practically taped my mouth shut (really, I was sequestered in the OR connected to machines while while we waited 8 hours for the food to digest) and by the time I went in for surgery, I was SO THIRSTY. So, my only one piece of advice is whatever you choose to drink, drink A LOT OF IT early on because once things get boogeying, they might not let you drink anything. To add to that, I had magnesium and was not allowed to have anything including liquids for hours after the babies were born. TORTURE!

    MANY HUGS TO YOU!!!! ❀ ❀ ❀

    1. Oh Vivian that sounds horrible! I can’t even imagine. You are one tough mama, I’d be crying if I were that parched. My hubs keeps reminding me to drink plenty of water now, but this is a good reminder too! Thanks πŸ™‚

  2. OOoohhh! So exciting!! My first son’s labor was 17 hours long and even though I didn’t feel like eating, like you, I knew I needed to keep my strength up. After every big contraction I’d eat a few grapes and drink some Recharge (organic gatorade-like). I’m pretty sure I was drinking some iced red raspberry tea for my last birth. I have a feeling though, Mary Grace, this birth will go so fast you won’t even have to worry about keeping your strength. πŸ˜‰

    1. Oh Kate, I hope you are right about the speed of this birth! I am going to keep that thought in my brain. Thanks for the good vibes!

  3. I also drank Recharge (a ‘natural’ version of gatorade) along with coconut water. It was nice to switch it up because at different points one drink felt refreshing and the other repulsive and then it would switch (ah, hormones!) Sending good birthing vibes!!

  4. Just a cautionary note – I threw up all the watermelon I had been snacking on once my water broke and I went into active labor. All over the front lawn of L&M Hospital. Your body is supposed to, er, evacuate your digestive tract once active labor starts, so you might want to save the snacking for after that phase.

    1. Haha, thanks for the warning! You poor thing. I should’ve mentioned snacking is really for early and first stage of labor to keep up energy levels. But I will certainly remember your story when choosing what to snack on πŸ™‚

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