IV Fluids

    By: Lamaze International on Apr 24, 2012

    IV Fluids

    Intravenous Fluids

    From The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence.

    What to Know:

    • Routine IV use restricts movement, decreases confidence, may over-hydrate mothers and may contribute to low blood sugar in newborns.
    • Restricting eating and drinking in labor depletes a woman’s energy when she needs it most.
    • The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends offering women fluids by mouth and eliminating routine IV use during labor.
    • The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) recommends that low-risk laboring women be allowed to drink clear liquids (such as water, juice, carbonated drinks, clear tea, and black coffee).

    You’ll need an IV if:

    • You develop health problems or complications before or during labor.
    • You’re at high risk for complications.
    • Your labor is induced or speeded up with Pitocin.
    • You have an epidural.
    • You're receiving medication such as antibiotics in labor.

    How to Avoid Unnecessary Use:

    • Choose your caregiver and birth site carefully.
    • Talk to your caregiver about your desire to eat, drink, and avoid unnecessary IV use.
    • Confidently eat and drink while you labor at home.
    • Labor at home as long as possible.

    How to Keep Labor as Normal as Possible if You Will Need an IV:

    • Labor at home as long as possible
    • Eat and drink as your body commands while you’re at home.
    • Suck on ice chips, Popsicles, or lollipops during labor.
    • Walk around with your IV pole.
    • Stay as active as possible.
    • Remember that you don’t need the IV to have a safe birth and a healthy baby.
    • If you need the IV at only certain times (such as for medications), have the IV tube disconnected between doses.
    • Ask to have the IV placed in your forearm rather than your wrist or near your elbow so that you can still move around easily.


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    Released: April 24, 2012, 6:51 pm | Updated: April 30, 2015, 1:44 pm
    Keywords: Birth Day | Intravenous Fluids | IV Fluids

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