Since you’re about to embark up a steeply inclined mountain, why not further prepare your body by remaining incredibly hydrated leading up to, as well as during labour? Doing so will ward off muscle spasms, help regulate body temperature and keep your heart pumping blood effortlessly while flushing out waste. By maintaining adequate fluid levels, you’re directly impacting the amount of amniotic fluid your baby requires for her overall wellbeing, which is especially important if your amniotic sac has ruptured.
The majority of store-bought energy drinks contain carcinogenic food colouring which carries no nutritional value whatsoever, artificial sugars and flavouring, none of which are allies during the birth of your baby. There are many renditions of homemade electrolyte replenishers, however this recipe should get you off to a taste-testing start.
Freshly squeezed lemon juice:
Bach Flower Remedies:
- 4 cups of plain coconut water, filtered water or a combination of both
- 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
- 2-4 tbsp of raw honey, real maple syrup or raw coconut nectar
- 1/4 tsp of sea salt
Angela Esplin is a labour and postpartum doula, as well as placenta encapsulator with Full Circle Birth Collective. She has been serving families since 2000, and has recently transitioned back home to Mission, BC.
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