I gave birth to my daughter in a birthing center. Mainly because I don’t like IVs. I wanted the freedom to move about. And, I wanted to eat and drink some sort of electrolyte drink for labor.
I have heard of women sneaking snacks and drinks into a hospital birth as well. You didn’t hear that from me though! Of course, don’t take my word for it. You’ll want to check with your doctor to make sure that’s ok first.
Labor can be long. It’s tiring. It drains your energy. And, if you want to have energy during the pushing phase, then you’ll need to snack and stay hydrated during early labor