Saturday, November 14, 2009

Preparing for Labor/Delivery--Naturally! Part 3

In this third installment of my preparing for a natural labor/delivery series, I will be sharing with you a recipe I have created for "Labor-Aid", an all-natural Gatorade, if you will.

Staying well-hydrated and energized during labor is critical! Sports drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade, will do the job, but I prefer not to use them as they are full of artificial flavors, dyes and too much sugar. So, I have created my own concoction to sip on during these final days of pregnancy and while in labor. I find the taste of this labor-aid more refreshing than any of the conventional sports drinks. It provides lots of electrolytes, potassium and a bit of glucose from the honey.


3 c. fresh-squeezed orange juice, or substitute with 1 can juice from concentrate

4-5 c. water

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 tbsp. honey

powder from 3 calcium/magnesium capsules or 3 tablets, finely crushed

Place all ingredients in blender; blend on high one minute. Store in a pitcher in the refridgerator. Best served very cold.

I think you could probably make popsicles with this recipe as well, which would be great for a summertime birth!


  1. I bet my kids would love this as a Popsicle!

  2. Yes, it's good for them when they are sick, too. My oldest one loves it, even prefers it to Gatorade, which for him is a stretch...that boy loves his sweets:)