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!