Foods to Speed Labor Along
There's this myth that the more times you are pregnant, the earlier you'll pop and the faster your labors will be. After four babies, I can safely say this is a sick rumor because my fourth child stayed in just as long as my first, and my fourth labor was longer than any of the others by more than 30 hours.
I distinctly remember passing the day in that pregnancy where I would have held my second child and I should have had my third, and to top it all off, it was the worst of all of my pregnancies. Daily vomiting, rehydrating IVs and retaining water were all combined in making me one unhappy pregnant mama. The morning after the contractions started I remember crying at the side of the bed, desperate for anything to happen to get things moving faster than they were.
Still, when all was said and done, my small son made his appearance on his own time after 36 hours and a placental abruption, much like he does everything in life, slow and steady and at his own pace, on his own time. Still, though, in the midst of it, I would have tried just about anything to hurry him along.
Here is a list of foods that are said to get labor moving, usually by thinning the cervix with the help of prostaglandins:
- Rosemary: This along with other herbs is said to induce labor, and sometimes it's even advised to avoid it when pregnant.
- Pineapple: Pineapple is said to contain bromelain, which can cause cervical ripening.
- Eggplant Parmesan: It's actually thought to be the spices in the dish that aid in getting labor started, similar to rosemary.
- Spicy foods: Whether it's hot salsa and peppers or spicy takeout, several people swear by spice.
- Peanut butter cups: Several people have claimed this worked for them. Perhaps it's the fat and oils, as I've also seen mention that eating avocados could get things moving as well.
Tune in to the new unscripted series "One Born Every Minute." Premieres Tuesday, February 1 at 10 pm et/pt on Lifetime.