Despite unlimited ice chips, pregnant women have been told for years that they shouldn't eat anything during labor. Some hospitals even prohibit food once a woman is admitted, not allowing her to eat again until her tiny little bundle of joy is safely delivered.
But luckily for hungry, pregnant women everywhere, a new study from the American Society of Anesthesiologists found that not only is eating during labor not dangerous, it may actually benefit the mommies-to-be.
By analyzing almost 400 studies from the last 25 years that focused on women who gave birth in hospitals, researchers found that the physical demands of labor are similar to those of running of a marathon. According to the ASA: