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18 Best Snacks for Hospital Bag for Labor & Recovery

18 Best Snacks for Hospital Bag for Labor _ Recovery

Labor is a long and tiring process.

You need to be well prepared to strap in for the long haul. This means preparing clothes, water, and, if your hospital allows, snacks!

You will expend A LOT of energy and need to think of how to recover from that healthily.

So here are a few ideas for snacks that are easy to find at any grocery store that you may want to put in your hospital bag!

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18 Healthy Snacks to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

We’re sure the hospital won’t give you any bad food, but having food that you personally like is important.

After all, a happy patient is a healthy patient!

You should have healthy snacks to pack in your hospital bag to make you feel good. Your mental state matters too!

Here are some of the best snacks you may want to have on hand in your hospital bag.

NOTE: This isn’t advice from a medical professional, so it’s always a good idea to check with your doctors first to ensure your safe delivery.

1. Yogurt


For our first choice for labor snacks, we have yogurt. Yogurt is a great snack rich in protein and probiotics that help keep your gut healthy.

You may have to pack your own spoon as the hospital may not be able to provide that.

Greek yogurt or the regular one? Any are good, healthy choices for your hospital bag! You can even put your own choice of sides like nuts and fruits yourself.

And speaking of nuts and fruits…

2. Nuts


Nuts are also a good source of protein. They’re easy to pack in your hospital bag and packed with healthy fats.

Those healthy fats should help you produce more milk once the delivery is done and you have to nurse your newborn baby.

3. Dried Fruits

dried fruits

Dried fruit is a great addition to your hospital bag snacks.

You don’t need to worry about them going bad, and they’re usually already packed in their own packaging.

No need to chop dried fruit up and pack them in a container!

Dried fruits are as delicious and healthy as their non-dried counterpart so consider adding them to your bag. They’re healthy little energy bites fit for someone going through labor.

4. Fresh Fruits


As they say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” (although we don’t know how helpful that would be if you’re already on the way to the hospital anyway).

However, that doesn’t take away from the benefits of good fruit! Whether it’s an apple or another fruit, fresh fruit is FULL of vitamins and minerals.

It’s a pretty obvious choice for healthy snacks to keep in your hospital bag and eat during labor.

5. Protein Bars

protein bars

Protein bars are a great snack to keep you full. Protein bars are, you guessed it, high-protein snacks.

Because of that, it’s very easy to feel full without eating a lot. A perfect snack for labor.

It will certainly keep your energy up during a long labor. Because of their portability, you can bring some for your partner too. Sharing is caring!

6. Granola Bars

granola bars

Granola bars are a good alternative to protein bars. While they are not as filling as them, granola bars are just as portable.

It won’t give you as much energy as a protein bar, but it will do the trick!

They also come in a good variety of flavors and ingredients, so you can choose what fits your taste the best.

7. Boiled Eggs

boiled eggs

Eggs are another great source of protein! Whether hard-boiled or soft-boiled, boiled eggs are an easily packable snack.

They’re great for keeping your energy up without being too filling!

Although, if you don’t want to make a mess, hard-boiled eggs may be the way to go. It would help if you packed them tightly to avoid smelling in your hospital bag.

Also, if they’re soft-boiled, pack them so that they don’t break and make a mess.

8. Honey Sticks

honey sticks

Honey is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, sweet without messing up your blood sugar levels, and good for your heart health!

A perfect light snack for labor.

Honey sticks don’t take much space inside of your hospital bag. Considering the benefits you get from this very portable snack, it seems like a no-brainer.

9. Trail Mix

trail mix

Trail mix is great if you like nuts but want a more varied flavor and texture. It usually consists of a mixture of various nuts like walnuts and peanuts.

You can include food like M&Ms, cereal, etc., as well. It offers crunch, saltiness, sweetness, and a great mix of tastes and nutrients.

You can even make your own trail mix if you want to personalize it to your taste!

10. Rice Cakes

rice cakes

Rice cakes are a good snack to pack in your bag. They are easy to eat, very filling, and not at all messy.

You’ll feel more energy eating these!

11. Graham Crackers


Graham crackers or crackers, in general, are great for filling your stomach when you’re feeling slightly peckish during labor.

Easy to pack and easy to eat; just be careful of the crumbs. Lying down on a crumby bed is as uncomfortable as you can probably imagine.

12. Peanut Butter Sandwich

peanut butter sandwich

A simple peanut butter sandwich is also a great snack for your hospital stay on top of being an amazing snack in general!

You can add whatever you want to your peanut butter sandwich. Put some jelly on, banana, or honey.

In fact, you can take out the previously mentioned honey sticks and just spread some honey on your sandwich.

13. Beef Jerky

beef jerky

Jerky is another easy snack to pack. You can eat them with your hands, and they can keep you full pretty easily.

A small warning, though. If you’re looking out for your salt intake, jerky has a lot of salt, so you may want to avoid this particular snack.

14. Coconut Water

coconut water

Hydration is also very important, especially if you’re going into labor!

Keep yourself refreshed and hydrated during your labor with some healthy coconut water. You will definitely feel thirsty during or after your labor.

Keep some handy liquids nearby.

15. A Pre-Packed Salad

bowl of salad

A salad can be very healthy and a nice light snack, depending on what you put and how much you put.

You can surely personalize your salad to your tastes!

You can put vegetables like baby carrots, broccoli, lettuce, croutons, and fruit in your salad and make it your own!

Veggies are generally easy to digest, so it’s an amazing choice for your snack bag.

16. Cheese Sticks

cheese sticks

Cheese sticks are not only easy to pack, but they’re also easy to eat! On top of both of these things, cheese sticks are very delicious.

If you’re a cheese lover, put it in the hospital snack bag!

17. Sports Drinks

lid of sports drink

Remember that you still need to hydrate! Make sure you also put some way to replenish your liquids.

You will probably need to replenish A LOT, considering how much hard work labor is.

Trust us; you’ll probably be sweating bullets.

Sports drinks are formulated to replenish your lost liquids. They are full of electrolytes and all those rehydrating ingredients. So go ahead and put that in the bag!

18. Instant Oatmeal

bowl of oats

Instant oatmeal is easy to make and prepare and is a great source of protein and fibers. But most of all, oatmeal also tastes amazing!

Simply add hot water to instant oatmeal, and BAM — it’s ready to eat!

You can also mix in the other things you find in your snack bag.

  • Want to make it sweeter? Put some honey in.
  • Want to add flavor? Add the nuts or fruits into the bowl.

The only problem is that you may need to bring your own bowl and utensils just in case the hospital doesn’t or cannot provide them for you.

Throw a pack or two in your bag if you need something hot and filling to eat!

How to Pack Snacks for Your Hospital Bag

There are different ways to pack different types of snacks:

  1. If you want to bring some simple snacks for your hospital bag, putting them in an insulated lunch box would be great.
  2. For perishable goods, you can pack ice packs in the box to keep them cool and fresh.
  3. To avoid breakage or mess, like for boiled eggs, soft fruits, or crackers, you can put them in separate boxes or plastic containers.

Hospital Bag Snacks You Should AVOID

There are indeed a few food items that you should NOT keep in your hospital bag.

You should try to AVOID food that’s high in acidity. So while we said that packing fruits is a great idea, you should try not to put in any citrus fruits like oranges or lemons.

  • Citrus fruits may induce an upset stomach, and nausea is also a problem when eating during labor.
  • When you feel the need to vomit, the citrus and acidity will make vomiting more painful than it normally would.

You should also try to avoid food that is too high in sugar. Sugar tends to boost energy, but it is not a long-lasting energy boost.

After your initial sugar high, you may experience a low and feel tired. We do not recommend foods such as sugary donuts, cake, or a Starbucks frappuccino.

You should also avoid raw food to minimize the risk of food poisoning, meaning no sushi or rare meats.

Other Things You Can Pack in Your Hospital Bag

There are, of course, other things you need to worry about in your hospital bag other than food.

You should keep in mind these other things when packing your hospital bag:

1. Birth Plan

Be sure to print a few copies of these. Have a copy for your nurses and a copy for your own room.

2. Comfy Clothes

Comfy clothes will be a welcome comfort after labor!

If you’re breastfeeding, try to bring a nursing bra with you. You can also bring some loose but comfortable clothes as you may experience some swelling in other parts of your body.

That goes the same for footwear. Try to keep your footwear easy to slip into.

3. Toiletries

You’ll never know what kinds of amenities your hospital has, so it’s a great idea to be prepared with your own.

Be sure to have things like toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, and face wipes ready in your hospital bag. It’s better to have these than not!

4. Towel

Again, you’ll never know what they have or don’t have in a hospital. And for sure, you’ll be sweating A LOT.

So bring your own towel. Make sure it’s extra comfy!

5. Nipple Cream

You’ll likely be breastfeeding, so you should have these handy as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

husband resting head on wife's belly

You probably have a few more questions about what to pack in your hospital bag and other questions related to snacking.

So we’ve taken the liberty of trying to answer these questions for you.

NOTE: Again, we are not giving out professional medical advice. Always consult a medical professional to confirm with them before proceeding.

Can I Bring Snacks to the Hospital?

Whether or not you can pack snacks largely depends on your specific hospital’s rules.

We suggest that you contact your hospital to confirm their policies regarding bringing snacks.

Can I Eat Snacks During Labor?

Your appetite will naturally decrease as you progress, but you should be able to eat small snacks or easily digestible food.

So you CAN snack during labor to keep your energy up. Don’t munch on anything that would be considered the main menu in a meal.

However, if you’re predicted to have a high-risk pregnancy, it may not be good to eat during labor and delivery as you may have to undergo an emergency C-section.

Try to eat small amounts or not eat at all if you have to undergo a C-section or if you have multiple health problems before labor.

You may still want to pack snacks to snack during labor. Not for you, though. Your partner may want to munch on some snacks while you’re going through labor.

Sharing is caring, right?

Can I Drink Water While Giving Birth?

Liquids are generally fine when going through labor.

As mentioned earlier, coconut water and sports drinks would be fine to drink.

Are There Foods That Will Help Me Go Into Labor?

Dates are an amazing candidate for food that can help you during labor.

Those who ate dates four weeks before labor were found to be less likely to need to be induced!

Certain studies also suggest that eating dates may reduce the amount of time you spend in labor or the need for oxytocin augmentation to speed up labor and delivery.


Listed above are the things you should consider when packing your snacks for your hospital bag.

In general, you should avoid heavy snacks when thinking about snacks for labor.

But still, try to keep your snacks HEALTHY. You’ll need all the energy you can when giving birth!

There are many things to keep in mind during your hospital stay, but with this, answering the question of how to pack your snack bag should be easy and preparing for the baby will come easier!

FINAL TIP: We’ve compiled a list of more important items to keep in your baby’s diaper bag! You can see the full list here!

About the author

Angelica Graham

A few years ago, Angelica found out about all the plastic and toxic ingredients that got into most children’s products. And this worried her to no end. Because of this, she began to research what the best ingredients and materials were for children and made it her mission to share this information with other mothers.