There have been plenty of old wives tales when it comes to how pregnant women past their due date can induce labour — eating pineapple, trying acupressure and even having sex has been said to do the trick, but one alternative method may be the best one yet.
Several women are claiming that eating a particularly spicy Buffalo Wing Pizza sent them into labour. One of the women, Ali Aldrich, told People she was past the 38 week mark and had exhausted every trick in the book before she decided to try the pizza.
“I was very pregnant. I was pretty big and swelling a lot, so I was really ready to go,” she said. “I had always heard spicy foods could do it, so we ordered the pizza at 6 p.m. and by 10 p.m. that night, I was in labour.”
Hours later, Aldrich gave birth her first child. Talk about a literal food baby!
She wasn’t the only one to experience results with the Buffalo Wing Pizza, though. Her very pregnant neighbour chowed down on it too and went into labour too.
“They ordered the pizza and were at their house eating, and she went into the bathroom and her water broke,” she said.
The two initially thought their story was a happy coincidence until one of the friends tried the spicy pizza trick last month and was at the hospital within four hours.
The special pizza was made by Hawthorne’s New York Pizza and Bar in Charlotte, N.C. and features chicken, mozzarella and a secret medium-hot buffalo sauce. According to owner John Adams, he didn’t think much about the labour-inducing pizza rumours but when more and more women came forward to share their story, they nicknamed the pizza “The Inducer.”
“Hawthorne’s is about families and if we can help create or grow a family, then we’re all for it,” he says.
But while some swear by the pizza’s strange abilities, there is no scientific evidence to back up that tasty claim. Dr. Alyse Kelly Jones, a Charlotte-based OB-GYN who has delivered babies for 17 years chalks it up to being another old wives tale.
“There is no evidence to support that eating spicy food will do anything to bring on labor,” she told People. “Women have been trying many things for decades – sex, spicy foods, walking — and none of those things have proven to work.”
That said, it certainly doesn’t hurt you or your tastebuds to try…
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