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Homemade Laborade

Homemade LaborAde

Get Your Labor Energy On With This Healthy Homemade LaborAde,


Let's face it. Labor is hard work!  It is the most important hard work you'll ever do! That's where this LaborAde recipe can really help!

To keep labor normal and moving along, one of the most necessary factors is to make sure you are drinking plenty and urinating often!

Dehydration can change a normal labor (or pregnancy for that matter) into something abnormal really quickly!

Those who are familiar with normal, physiological birth understand and teach the importance of eating simple proteins and complex carbs in early labor to increase your stamina once you get into active labor.

Once your body hits 4-6 centimeters, you are considered to be in "active" labor.

Most women, aren't really too interested in eating in active labor so make sure what you're drinking supplies some extra "umphf" to keep yourself birthing strong. That's where this laborade recipe can really help.

My favorite laborade recipe (below) includes some berry flavored fruit juice which supplies a little extra natural glucose in addition to the honey in the recipe.  If you're not a fan of berry flavors, you can easily just leave the juice out and have a lemon flavored laborade, instead. If you do choose to leave the juice out, you may opt to decrease the water as well.  Without the juice and extra water, your recipe below should make about 1 quart of lemon flavored laborade instead of two.

You can make some popsicles with this recipe as well by adding extra berry flavored juice to the recipe and decreasing the water.

Berry LaborAde Recipe

  • 1 cup organic berry juice, cherry, raspberry, etc. (like this)

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice

  • ⅓ cup raw honey or to taste(like this OR buy local)

  • ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt (like this)

  • 4 calcium/magnesium capsules, opened (like this)

  • 5-10 drops Essential Oil, (optional, good choices are any citrus, cinnamon or cassia. See Lisa's most-trusted brand here and the only one she recommends for internal use.)

  • water to make 2 quarts


Mix all ingredients together, chill and sip throughout labor.

Birth Bold Mama!

xoxo, Lisa​

About the Author Lisa Byrd, SC Midwife & Natural Wellness Educator

Lisa Byrd LM, CPM Lisa is a healthy mama/baby crusader and a "crunchy midwife" in Columbia, SC with a passion to help families create a safe, non-toxic home for their families. She's is a mom to 5 amazing adults and "Gigi" to 5 beautiful granddaughters and 1 incredible grandson. She lives and works in Columbia, SC where her home birth practice thrives. Lisa travels to Charleston, SC, Greenville, SC and Charlotte, NC to teach classes on reducing toxicity in the home. When she's not catching babies, creating clean, fun concoctions in her lab (ehem, kitchen) or teaching natural health care classes, you'll find her playing in her metal arts studio or soaking up negative, life giving ions at the beach. "We are all on a health journey. The key is keeping it simple and finding joy on your journey!"

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