If you are in the final week before your due date, you might understand the true meaning of the phrase “time stands still”. Now you just want to be done with the pregnancy and want the baby out already. And this is when you start searching the internet or asking friends and family for some of the ways to induce labor naturally. Or, in another scenario, you might have already crossed your due date and your doctor might have suggested artificially inducing labor in a day or two. Again, you might want to do things naturally and hence wants to know ways to induce labor naturally. Whatever may be the reason, you might have come across this interesting piece of information that pineapple can help induce labor. Is this true? Read on.
Can Pineapple Help To Induce Labor?
Yes, pineapple can help induce labor. However, one pineapple alone cannot do the trick. You need to have at least seven pineapples to have some impact on labor.
How Does Pineapple Help To Induce Labor?
Pineapple helps induce labor in two ways:
- Pineapple contains bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme. It is known to soften cervix, which is the first step in the onset of labor. Softening of cervix will then trigger labor naturally. This is also the reason why many advice you against eating pineapple during pregnancy, as it can increase the risks of miscarriage or preterm labor
- Pineapple can also induce labor indirectly. It can stimulate the stomach, which in turn can lead to contractions of uterus, which is labor
Many other fruits, such as papaya, mango and kiwi, also have the bromelain proteolytic enzyme. And thus are believed to induce labor too. However, as we mentioned before, the amount of enzymes present in one pineapple is too less to have any impact on labor. You need as many as seven pineapples to induce labor.
Is It A Good Idea To Eat Pineapple To Induce Labor?
We recommend not to eat seven pineapples on your 39th week of pregnancy to induce labor. Why?
- Labor will start when the baby is ready to come out. You should not worry about speeding up the process. However, even if you have crossed the due date, talk to your gynecologist about waiting or inducing labor in other natural ways (see next section)
- Seven pineapples are a lot especially since eating everything in moderation is the key during pregnancy. Having that many pineapples can cause many problems:
- Pineapples contain high amount of vitamin C – this can lead to heart burn
- Pineapples contain high amount of digestive enzymes. So too many pineapples can lead to diarrhea and other tummy troubles
- Pineapples contain sugar. Although natural sugar, if the expectant mother has gestational diabetes, then these many number of pineapples can really lead to problems
So what should you do? Eat pineapples in moderation in the last week of pregnancy. But do not eat it for the purpose of inducing labor. Also, pick natural organic pineapples as opposed to canned ones.
Ways To Include Pineapple To Induce Labor
If you really want to try eating pineapple to induce labor, you can consume it plain by just slicing it or have pineapple juice taken out. You can also try some yummy pineapple smoothies along with other fruits. One such recipe is as below:
Pineapple Mango Smoothie Recipe
To make this smoothie you will require the following ingredients:
- Chopped Mangoes – 1 cup
- Chopped Pineapple – 1 cup
- Fresh Orange Juice- 1 cup
- Plain Yogurt- ½ cup
- Some ice cubes
Using a blender, finely blend chopped pineapple, mangoes, yogurt along with orange juice and ice cubes. Your yummy pineapple smoothie is ready.
You can also add chopped bananas, chopped pitted dates, shredded coconut, or any fresh fruit of your choice to make it more nutritious. Do try it out and let us know how you liked it?
How Can You Induce Labor Naturally?
There are many other ways to induce labor naturally, and what’s more, many of these methods have none of the side effects like having seven pineapples. Here are five natural ways to induce labor.
- Walking: Walking helps baby to come down to cervix, leading it to dilate, and start labor
- Stimulating nipples: Research has shown a direct link between nipple stimulation and labor
- Taking a warm bath: If you are too tensed about labor, it might not occur. Take a warm bath that will relax your body and calm your mind. Labor might start in such a state
- Having sex: Although sex might not be the first thing in your mind in the 39th week of pregnancy, sex can release prostaglandins which can induce labor
- Using an exercise ball: Bouncing on an exercise ball or a birth ball can bring on labor
For more explanation of these techniques and more natural ways to induce labor, read 8 Effective Exercises To Induce Labor Naturally and Can Squats Help To Induce Labor?. If you are looking at some of the food items that can help to induce labor, then refer to Which Foods Can Help Induce Labor Naturally?
So in conclusion, if you are just being impatient about the pregnancy, then, do not worry about inducing labor naturally. You might be concerned if your doctor talks about inducing labor artificially. To understand more about this, refer to Labor Induction And Augmentation- Everything You Need To Know and Induced Labor: Why, What and How.
Have a healthy delivery!