A while ago, I went for a prenatal class held in an intimate small-group setting, during which we were made to share with the group our fears about labour and our emotional motivations for being in the class. Emotional motivations, mind you. It was not enough to just say I wanted to take this class to learn how to have a smooth labour. It had to be about my innermost heartfelt reasons for wanting a smooth labour.
All that deep sharing with strangers made me feel like I was in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, except this is Pregnant Women Anonymous.
(Me: "Hello everyone, I'm K and I'm a pregnant woman!"
Everyone: "Hello, K!")
That session was hard. I have no fear of labour (at least not that I know of. Maybe I'm in denial). My only fear, really, is that I will go hungry during labour.
But during the class, I found myself caving in to group pressure and blathering all sorts of stuff peppered with words such as "empowerment".
(Actually, after that scary session, the class turned out to be really quite useful after all.)
Anyway, I've decided that I'm going to eat during labour*. How is one supposed to do such hard work on an empty stomach anyway? As it is, if it's nearing lunchtime at work and I don't get food, I get cranky and my productivity plunges to near zero.
I haven't packed my hospital bag yet, but the first thing that's going in a box of chicken biscuits, which I bought a few weeks ago, and which sits temptingly on my kitchen counter now. I've stayed off chicken biscuits for a good three years (yay, me!), but I figure being in labour is a special enough occasion to warrant such a treat. Not a wise thing to do, of course. But then, I'm not a wise person.
Other assorted food items that will be going into the bag will be a six-pack milo, and probably some chocolate.
I know I'm treating this labour thing like I'm going for a picnic. But might as well make the best of the situation.
And you never go wrong with food.
*I may or may not have an appetite come labour day, but my motto when it comes to food is: "Be prepared".