Taste is a big deal for most people. We all have our favorite tastes, our least favorite tastes, and tastes...
Taste is a big deal for most people. We all have our favorite tastes, our least favorite tastes, and tastes that remind us of certain events and times. Taste is not simply a sense to be shrugged off during labor either. Many labor guides focus on sight, hearing, and tactile skin experiences as labor relaxation tools, but taste can be too.

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Opinions about eating during labor vary from health professional to health professional. My opinion is that what a mama laboring want she should get STAT. BUT you'll need to speak with your own prenatal provider about your eating references during labor. Even if you don't eat, there are tastes you can utilize to relax and possibly relive a little pain during labor. For example, fresh sweet fruit or an icy smoothie may help you feel refreshed and a little more energized and the icy smoothie texture can feel great on your tongue. If you have a favorite candy, you may want to pack some up for labor. A square of chocolate provides sweetness and a little energy. Mints, gum, or fruit candy can help you feel relaxed because they'll freshen your breath, and more importantly moisten your mouth, which can feel extra dry during labor. Lastly, taste can give you something to focus on. During my labor I had a total addiction to lemon-lime Gatorade. I have NO idea why, but in between contractions I'd take a sip, concentrate on the taste and coldness and feel a little better. Some women can relax by focusing on a long-lasting treat during labor like a lolly. Your tastes will of course be personal during labor so you may want to pack up a few various options to take along, if you're having a hospital birth.

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