Study: Healthy women in labor don't need to fast

January 21, 2010 2:54:55 PM PST
For decades, pregnant women have been advised to avoid food and many beverages while in labor. But an international organization that evaluates medial research has decided that rule needs to change. The practice of fasting during labor came about in the 1940s when research showed a woman might inhale regurgitated food if she needed to be put under general anesthesia.

But researchers point out, anesthesia practices have changed and improved since then, making it much safer.