Nutrition in Pregnancy + Beyond: Labor + Delivery

Nutrition in Pregnancy + Beyond: Labor + Delivery

During my first pregnancy, I ate a big slice of angel food cake topped with whipped cream and strawberries...for breakfast...on the morning I was induced.  Twelve hours after my "last meal" and still in labor, I wished I had at least tossed a little protein onto my delicious (but not so nutritious) dessert-for-breakfast (a peanut butter drizzle, perhaps?).  I think my logic at the time went something like "well, I'm nearly 42 weeks pregnant, and there's leftover birthday cake in the house!"  That's it.  No further justification needed.  Hours later as I drank water and enviously watched my husband eat solid foods, I made a mental note to avoid pre-labor birthday cake if I ever became pregnant again (coincidentally, my due date with #2 falls very close to my birthday, so there's a very real chance there will be birthday cake in the house!).  Of course circumstances surrounding planned versus spontaneous labor + delivery vary, but here are some healthy eating tips for the periods preceding the birth of your baby. 

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