This got way more attention than I was expecting. After some research, most of the websites I found say "Researchers followed 2,426 women with a low risk of obstetric complications through delivery and found that those who ate lightly during labor and those who only had water had similar lengths of labor and rate of C-section deliveries. The women who ate were no more likely to vomit than women who did not. 'Since the evidence shows no benefit or harms, there is no justification for [prohibiting eating and drinking] during labor'" http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20100120/eating-drinking-may-be-ok-during-labor
Can a hospital really deny you food if you are in labor? What if you bring in your own food?
With my first pregnancy I went into L&D at 8 a.m. and didn't actually give birth until after 1 a.m. The hospital kitchen didn't open up until 7 a.m. So I went nearly 24 hours with nothing to eat ...
When I asked about lunch or dinner they told me there was no use in eating because I'd throw it up anyway
But I was starving and didn't feel nauseous!
I think that is what made my labor experience so hard on me. I was 18, scared to "talk back" to the "professionals", and weak from not being able to eat anything.
How could they expect me to push and Push and PUSH without any energy?
I do not want to repeat that! Can they take my food away if I have someone bring in my own?