Last month, I swam a seven mile open water swim in the ocean. The training was a huge commitment, and there were many cold winter mornings and nights when I had to force myself to continue. I worked hard to get enough nutrients from well planned calories, because I was really hungry, but if I ate junk I would get leg cramps and feel considerably weaker. During endurance events it is also important to hydrate and fuel to continue at a competitive pace. Most endurance diet systems are commercial products with chemical vitamins, so I wanted to make my own. I began researching and creating natural nutrition and hydration for the four hours I would spend in the ocean. I was amused by how much I drew from my midwifery and herbal knowledge and I stumbled upon some great labor nutrition…love potion…AKA the best “Laborade” there is. After all, natural childbirth is the ultimate athletic event for a woman!

LABORade is Not an exact science – adjust for flavor

  • 1 Juiced orange
  • 1/2 Juiced grapefruit – Or – 1 Juiced lemon
  • 1 Juiced lime
  • 2 Tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 Scoop cold water soluble collagen powder
  • 1 Pinch cream of tarter
  • 1 Cup infused ginger root and anise seed

I put the above ingredients in a 32 oz reusable one way valve Gatorade bottle, fill it with water, and shake it up! (plastic floats for the ocean)

Another bite I made for my race was protein gummies – a hot water soluble collagen powder that forms a protein rich gummy bear energy treat.

PROTEIN Gummies – Use directions on the packet of hot water soluble collagen powder, then add:

  • 2 Tablespoons raw honey
  • 5 Drops chloroxygen
  • 1 Pinch celtic sea salt
  • mold in ice cube tray

Other great foods and drinks for the laboring woman:

  • Red raspberry tea with honey and lemon
  • Miso soup
  • Bone broth
  • Raw juice
  • Watermelon
  • Coconut water
  • Smoothies
  • Ice cubes made with nettle and red raspberry tea with raspberry juice

Most of us would never run a marathon without training and preparation. Treat labor the same way. So much of success in childbirth is mental and physical endurance plus trusting your body and surrendering to the process of labor. Go into the your labor rested, well hydrated, and well nourished.

Enjoy the work. Enjoy the precious reward. Enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done.

Have a great birth!

Thanks to Mavie Hogue for all of your support!

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