Women in labour can ditch the ice chips and reach for a protein shake, a new study says.
A high-protein chocolate or vanilla shake led to a "higher satisfaction rate" in women, researcher Manual Vallejo of the West Virginia University School of Medicine said. The nausea and vomiting rates, however, remained the same as for mothers who were only given water or ice chips.
"Giving birth is a tremendous stress on both mother and baby," Vallejo said. "Anything we can do to increase patient satisfaction during labour without increasing adverse events is a major positive." Women are often restricted from eating or drinking during child birth — a trend that began more than 50 years ago when women gave birth under general anesthesia.
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