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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Labor-inducing Foods

As I'm approaching the 39 week mark of this pregnancy, I've started to consider what measures I'd be willing to take to help speed things along a little. I don't know that I'd ever be desperate enough to try castor oil, but I've started to make a list of things that seem like they'd be both safe and appealing, in the face of desperation... or even just curiosity.

Lemon Drop Cupcakes

There's the bakery in Virginia that has it's own growing list of success stories with their labor-inducing Lemon Drop Cupcakes. Lemon cupcakes? Sounds delicious to me! Even if they don't do the trick. Here's a recipe I found, in case anyone else is interested in trying them out - Lemon Drop Cupcake Recipe.


Have you heard of the Prego Pizza? Skipolini's Pizza has it's own legend going of a labor-inducing pizza. And, since this pizza place isn't too far from where we live, I might just have to convince Marc to take me out to a yummy pizza dinner one of these nights. Or maybe we'll just make our own and throw every topping we can think of on top, since that sounds like it's basically what it is.

Fresh Pineapple

When I was pregnant with Hugh I read somewhere that eating fresh pineapple would help soften/open the cervix and help induce labor. I admit that I ate a lot of pineapple in the weeks before he was born, but mostly because it was delicious. Here's a more detailed explanation of it's labor-inducing properties.

Spicy Food

Another thing I ate a lot of the week before Hugh was born was enchiladas, the spicier the better. Who knows if it helped or not, but I didn't mind having an excuse to eat good Mexican food.

And, here's a list of nine foods that claim to do the trick. I'm thinking the Eggplant Parmesan and the Chocolate Cake look pretty tempting.

I don't know... this week's menu is looking kind of exciting! Are there any other foods/recipes I should add to my list? Anything that has worked for you?


Kelly said...

Ha, ha, ha...that's hilarious. I'd go for all of them. I've never tried food for inducing labor. I've tried bumpy roads and hours and hours of Tai-Bo workouts to no avail. The only thing that has worked for me is having the doctor strip my membranes or break my water. I've actually only gone into labor completely unassisted 1.5 times. My body likes to hang onto it's little ones. ;-) good luck with the eating! If nothing else, ir should be enjoyable!

Amanda said...

Good luck...with 3rd I finally had enough and asked to me induced. BEST LABOR EVER!!! With my first...adopted....second....18 hours or labor and 3 hours of pushing, so my last being induced it was 4 hours from start to finish...pushed 3 times....THE BEST! Good luck to you! You will so enjoy having a daughter...there really is something special about them!

Becky Rose said...

I heard a whole box of chocolates work too.

Tim, Annie, Jack said...

funny! Definitely have tried eggplant parmesan before both of the boys. Don't know if it worked or not, but it was fun finding resturaunts that had it! Also tried going for a really long walk before both boys were born, and that seemed to do the trick went into labor the next day both times, Jack on his due date and Scott at 38 weeks. so strap the boys in the double and go for a stroll! Can't wait to here what works for baby girl! Miss you. Wish I could see you at 39weeks pregnant!