Women in Labor May Be Fine Taking in Nourishment, Study Finds

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Roman agreed. "I think most places are already offering clear liquids during low-risk labor," she said. "But this study does have the potential to change practice in that it gives reassurance, and it has the potential to improve patient satisfaction and also make patients more comfortable."

She added that low-risk moms include those who haven't had a prior surgical delivery (cesarean-section), women carrying one baby that's normal in size, and women who are not having problems with the progression of labor.

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