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I posted this in my due date group but wanted to post it here to!
I know that when pregnant women go into labor and go to the hospital the first thing they do is put your IV in. I completely get why they would want to put one in because if there was an emergency they don't want to have to take the time looking for a vein but my question is, why do they administer fluids through the IV and can you decline them? I didn't swell @ all with my dd until after I gave birth and my whole face & arms & legs were swollen! I know it was not from pushing cause I only pushed twice lol, and I was reading online that the fluids can make you swell. So my question is can I refuse the fluids & still have the IV in my arm just not hooked up?
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by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM
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victoriahearts
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM

The fluids are to keep you hydrates since you aren't suppose to eat while  you are in labor at least that is what the hospital says. But you can decline the IV and fluids.

TTC2Long
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM
Honey is a great idea, or honey & peanut butter mixed. Also, look up the recipe for Laborade.

Quoting orangeshirt:

You can also get honey sticks...easy natural energy rush. I would suggest having hubs make up a cooler stocked with bottled water, string cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, nuts...easy, tasty go-to protein sources.




Quoting RaLeighsMommy11:

See they told me I wasn't allowed any clear liquids or food! I wish I had of known this! All they let me have was ice chips. And even though it was only like 4 hours I would have felt better if I had of eaten! They told me not to eat before I came to the hospital also but I ate some yogurt which did NOT help lol. I will def be sure to eat this time b4 I go and I will look into those little things. Thank you :)





Quoting TTC2Long:

You CAN eat, if you want. What are thry going to do, kick you out? I got Gu packets - it's rapidly bioavailable carbs for marathon runners and comes in small, Idk, 2oz packets you tear open and squeeze into your mouth. Quick n easy energy for your muscles. Sporting goods and outdoors places should have it. Just make sure you don't get ones with caffeine or other stimulants. I also packed nuts, but was too deep in labor at the hospital to eat them. At home I had a pb&h sandwich on whole grain bread at the start of labor.







Quoting RaLeighsMommy11:

Ok great thank you :)! I will bring it up Monday & tell him that's what I want. I was always wanting to drink something with dd anyways cause I was so hungry haha!









Quoting TTC2Long:

You can for sure decline the iv fluids. I got the heplock because starting a line in my tiny, prone-to-collapse veins is hard and would waste a lot of time in an emergency. But it wasn't connected to anything. Having it connected to the bag will limit your movements and cause swelling in both you AND baby. No need to make baby bigger! Also, it falsely inflates the birth weight so baby loses more in the first days as your milk comes in, potentially raising false red flags that you have a supply problem. You can just assign someone, dh, mom, doula, whoever, to water duty and make sure they know to offer water to sip between contractions. Billions of women birthed safely before ivs were invented and did just fine. ;)

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orangeshirt
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM
I'll have to look that up!


Quoting TTC2Long:

Honey is a great idea, or honey & peanut butter mixed. Also, look up the recipe for Laborade.



Quoting orangeshirt:

You can also get honey sticks...easy natural energy rush. I would suggest having hubs make up a cooler stocked with bottled water, string cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, nuts...easy, tasty go-to protein sources.






Quoting RaLeighsMommy11:

See they told me I wasn't allowed any clear liquids or food! I wish I had of known this! All they let me have was ice chips. And even though it was only like 4 hours I would have felt better if I had of eaten! They told me not to eat before I came to the hospital also but I ate some yogurt which did NOT help lol. I will def be sure to eat this time b4 I go and I will look into those little things. Thank you :)







Quoting TTC2Long:

You CAN eat, if you want. What are thry going to do, kick you out? I got Gu packets - it's rapidly bioavailable carbs for marathon runners and comes in small, Idk, 2oz packets you tear open and squeeze into your mouth. Quick n easy energy for your muscles. Sporting goods and outdoors places should have it. Just make sure you don't get ones with caffeine or other stimulants. I also packed nuts, but was too deep in labor at the hospital to eat them. At home I had a pb&h sandwich on whole grain bread at the start of labor.









Quoting RaLeighsMommy11:

Ok great thank you :)! I will bring it up Monday & tell him that's what I want. I was always wanting to drink something with dd anyways cause I was so hungry haha!











Quoting TTC2Long:

You can for sure decline the iv fluids. I got the heplock because starting a line in my tiny, prone-to-collapse veins is hard and would waste a lot of time in an emergency. But it wasn't connected to anything. Having it connected to the bag will limit your movements and cause swelling in both you AND baby. No need to make baby bigger! Also, it falsely inflates the birth weight so baby loses more in the first days as your milk comes in, potentially raising false red flags that you have a supply problem. You can just assign someone, dh, mom, doula, whoever, to water duty and make sure they know to offer water to sip between contractions. Billions of women birthed safely before ivs were invented and did just fine. ;)


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RaLeighsMommy11
by Bronze Member on Dec. 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM
I'm going to request it be there! I hated it being on the top of my hand

Quoting TTC2Long:

Mine was in my forearm. I never even felt it and I labored in a bunch of different positions.



Quoting RaLeighsMommy11:

That's how I was also! My hand was so sore. And they had it in my right hand and all I wanted to do was grab onto the bed rail when I had a contraction but it hurt to bad to grab onto anything because of it I hated it. And I had to pee often and they had to roll the stupid little cart with the fluids to the bathroom then I had to fight a cord while trying to pee. It wasn't fun!


And as for that nurse I would probably have yelled @ someone lol. Especially if I'm in pain or nauseous.






Quoting RhondaVeggie:

I refused an IV with my first and I intend to refuse it again. If I had tricky veins I'd take a heploc but my veins are easy so an IV wouldn't waste time in the incredibly rare event of a true emergency. It's easy to get them in but my body really hates them. When I had a D&C last year I had my IV in the back of my hand and I was fully recovered from the surgery long before I recovered from the IV. It was over a month before I could put that hand in my jeans pocket and three months later it still felt bruised if someone touched the back of my hand.







As for eating and drinking, I fully intend to do that. With my son I had a horrible nurse who same on duty about 18 hours in, one of those that just wants to kick back and do her nails while a nice quiet drugged up patient dozes in bed. When my husband gave me a sip of water (literally a sip, I was queasy but my mouth was dry) she barked at me and told me I could only have ice chips. I glared at her and said "You do realize ice is just frozen water, right?" Somehow I resisted adding "you ignorant little twat" to the end of my question but I was thinking it.
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RaLeighsMommy11
by Bronze Member on Dec. 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM
That is smart!! We have a tiny cooler that's the size of a large purse & it looks like a purse so I will DEFINATELY be doing that! Peanut butter sandwiches are a good idea! I'll also tell him to put some food in there he could snack on cause he gets queasy when I'm in labor lol, he threw up 6 times with dd

Quoting orangeshirt:

You can also get honey sticks...easy natural energy rush. I would suggest having hubs make up a cooler stocked with bottled water, string cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, nuts...easy, tasty go-to protein sources.




Quoting RaLeighsMommy11:

See they told me I wasn't allowed any clear liquids or food! I wish I had of known this! All they let me have was ice chips. And even though it was only like 4 hours I would have felt better if I had of eaten! They told me not to eat before I came to the hospital also but I ate some yogurt which did NOT help lol. I will def be sure to eat this time b4 I go and I will look into those little things. Thank you :)





Quoting TTC2Long:

You CAN eat, if you want. What are thry going to do, kick you out? I got Gu packets - it's rapidly bioavailable carbs for marathon runners and comes in small, Idk, 2oz packets you tear open and squeeze into your mouth. Quick n easy energy for your muscles. Sporting goods and outdoors places should have it. Just make sure you don't get ones with caffeine or other stimulants. I also packed nuts, but was too deep in labor at the hospital to eat them. At home I had a pb&h sandwich on whole grain bread at the start of labor.







Quoting RaLeighsMommy11:

Ok great thank you :)! I will bring it up Monday & tell him that's what I want. I was always wanting to drink something with dd anyways cause I was so hungry haha!









Quoting TTC2Long:

You can for sure decline the iv fluids. I got the heplock because starting a line in my tiny, prone-to-collapse veins is hard and would waste a lot of time in an emergency. But it wasn't connected to anything. Having it connected to the bag will limit your movements and cause swelling in both you AND baby. No need to make baby bigger! Also, it falsely inflates the birth weight so baby loses more in the first days as your milk comes in, potentially raising false red flags that you have a supply problem. You can just assign someone, dh, mom, doula, whoever, to water duty and make sure they know to offer water to sip between contractions. Billions of women birthed safely before ivs were invented and did just fine. ;)

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doulala
by Emerald Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 2:12 AM

You can refuse anything!
:-)

I don't get an IV with/without anything unless I clearly need it (complications).     It is an intervention and I avoid the unnecessary ones.   
You can get the heplock not have the IV but know the risks.

GL!
:-)


doulala
by Emerald Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 2:14 AM
Quoting victoriahearts:

The fluids are to keep you hydrates since you aren't suppose to eat while  you are in labor at least that is what the hospital says. But you can decline the IV and fluids.


Eating and drinking are normal (and important!) parts of laboring.

;-)

lovehimforever
by Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 2:16 AM

I think sometimes they do it to rule out braxton hicks contractions. Ive always had an IV but i always have c-sections too

eykelley
by Liz on Dec. 8, 2012 at 2:16 AM
Yes. U can. I work post partum for a hospital and we call that a "hep lock" when u have an IV that's not hooked up to anything .
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musicpisces
by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 2:41 AM

You can refuse any procedure.  However, women in labor, especially once in active labor, rarely drink enough water.  Also, if you end up having an epidural, they will generally require a liter of IV fluids in you beforehand because of the risk of hypotension (blood pressure drop).  It's certainly easier to help you in an emergency situation if you already have an IV in place, but a saline lock, like you mentioned, is fine for that (don't let them give you a hep lock).  It's very simple for them to just put an IV line on if they need to.  Where I've done my L&D rotation, they don't automatically give IVs unless there's a reason (which can vary), but a saline lock does go into most women, especially if they are not 100% certain they plan to refuse meds. 

Suzanne

"Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now."

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