February Research: Eating in Labor, Predicting Preterm LaborMonday, February 22nd, 2010
Two new and interesting studies came out this month. I want to be able to pass on this kind of information, as I am able to. Current information keeps all of us moving towards better care for moms and babies.
Of course women should be able to eat and drink freely during labor. As I always tell my moms, the worst that is likely to happen is that if she eats or drinks too much in the early part of labor there is a high likelihood that she is going to throw it up once she is in active labor. Quite frankly, for me, that would be enough to eat rather minimally. It is the natural course of labor for a woman to decrease her intake as her labor progresses, much like a runner in a marathon. A recent study has shown this to be true and valid.
Preterm labor is the primary cause of infant mortality, worldwide and is still very difficult to accurately determine. A new and easy 2D ultrasound measurement of the fetal adrenal gland is a promising predictor of preterm labor.
I’ll share some more “pregnancy in the news” later this week.