The Intake Of Food And Fluid During Labour

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The intake of food and fluid during labour: One of the most challenging stages of pregnancy can be the intrapartum period. This is the period were a women is birthing her child, although it may be really challenging it is also the most exciting part of pregnancy for most couples. Bridget is a twenty-eight year old multiparous women who is thirty-nine weeks and five days pregnant. Bridget has been admitted into the labour ward with antenatal history showing a normal physiological pregnancy and she has entered a spontaneous labour that is progressing well and all her maternal observations and fetal observations are within the normal range suggesting that she is unlikely to require any interventions during labour especially a caesarean…show more content…
Lastly, a discussion about ketosis the presence of ketones in urine, which indicates the body, is breaking down lipids as an energy source (Coad, Friedman, & Geoffrin, 2012). Early in the 1900s, women were encouraged to consume liquids for energy throughout their labour by Dr DeLee, an American (Singata, Tranmer, & Gyte, 2013). Since then the common practice became to reduce women’s intake of food and fluid during labour as a result of a study conducted by Mendelson in the 1940’s. Mendelson found that during a caesarean section with general anaesthetics women who had a full stomach were at a great risk of having their stomach contents entering the lungs during their caesarean section, a condition known as aspiration, which led to serious complications that were fatal (Singata, Tranmer, & Gyte, 2013). As this was contributing to a high number of maternal mortality and morbidity the findings of Mendelson was a turning point for the care provided to women in labour. It led to all women labouring, regardless of their risk status of having a caesarean section being advised to restrict their intake of foods and fluids during labour by health care professionals (Singata, Tranmer, & Gyte, 2013). However, since the 1940’s medical technology has evolved immensely and with the new modern general
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