Foods That Induce Labour

As the days pass and as your belly grows, you look forward to the time when your term of pregnancy is over, and when you can delight in the life that has been growing inside you.

Quite often, it takes a great deal of effort to induce labour at the right time, or, it could be that the process of labour itself could be very difficult. There are certain foods that are known or believed to induce labour, and can be very beneficial when taken at the right time and under the right conditions.

These foods can also ease labour and reduce the pain involved. However, it needs to be borne in mind that these should not be misused. All foods that induce labour should never be taken unless approved by a qualified medical professional.

Tropical Fruits
Some tropical fruits such as kiwi, mango and papaya contain certain enzymes that help tone the cervix. In the process of toning the cervix, they tend to induce labour. These fruits should definitely be avoided during the first two trimesters since they can cause a miscarriage, or, worse still, can affect the foetus.

Spicy Food
Foods that are quite spicy tend to irritate the bowels, and thereby induce labour. While this has been a known fact for many decades, it is wise to avoid spicy foods during pregnancy as they can cause various complications, including heartburn.

Certain Teas
Nettle tea, raspberry leaf tea and cinnamon stick tea are known to induce labour. While usually used to make the process of delivery easier, if taken in excess in early pregnancy, these teas can cause a miscarriage or affect the foetus. Therefore, these teas should be taken only under the supervision of a qualified medical professional.

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose oil aids in softening and toning the cervix. This oil, which is available in the form of small capsules, is usually used to help in an easy delivery. However, this should be taken only under medical supervision.

Other Foods
Other foods that induce labour include Licorice, Eggplant Parmesan and Chinese food. There are a number of supplements available that induce labour. However, these should be taken only when prescribed by a medical professional.

Joy Natarajan