A new study by researchers from the department of anaesthesiology at the West Virginia University of School of Medicine in Morgantown, V.W, have found that protein shakes can give women energy during labour.
If you’ve been in labour before, you’ll know that midwives can be a little bit like the food police – checking what you’re eating and drinking and definitely giving you a stern word if it’s not appropriate.
And in the states, many physicians only allow labouring women water and ice chips.
The reason for food stringency is because of the nausea and vomiting often experienced by women during labour. And if you have something that’s too sugary or artificial, your energy levels will dip later – and, as a new mum, you’re certainly going to need all of the energy that you can muster.
The study was done by splitting a group of 150 women into two groups; the first group received ice-chips and water during labour and the other group received a 160 calorie Premier Nutrition Protein Shake (which contained 30 grams of protein, one gram of sugar, eight amino acids and 24 vitamins and minerals) as well as water and ice chips.
Mums who drank a protein drink during childbirth reported higher satisfaction rates. Vomiting and nausea was about the same in both groups – the point being that the protein shakes did not make the women sicker.
It might be worth chatting to your midwife (or GP) about taking in a protein shake when you’re in labour – whey protein is a completely natural protein shake powder, which might be a good option; visit theproteinworks.com for more information.
Is there a snack that energised you when you were in labour? Do share!