Ways to Induce Labor — Do They Work?

I’m starting to dilate — 1/2 cm last Monday, and we’ll see where I am today at my appointment! The one time issue I have is that my friend who is going to be in the delivery room with me (and my Mom), will be out of town from May 1st through May 6th, and my due date is May 4th!  I do have a backup friend, and I know she’ll be awesome also, but the friend who is supposed to be there with me came to my birth class, was at my 1st IUI, and at my 1st ultrasound.  So, I really want her to be at the birth!  So, I’m starting to think of ways to get my labor moving! Here are 2 things I’ve done:

Acupuncture

I remembered my acupuncturist telling me that acupuncture has a proven track record of inducing labor. So, I checked with him, and here’s what he said “Acupuncture can be used to induce labor and speed up the process. The response is pretty individualized, but I have seen a single treatment make a difference. The fact that you’re already dilating leads me to think that you would not need much.”  So, I made an appointment and went in on Friday.  He put a lot of needles in my back, hands, and feet, but also hooked the needles up to a stimulator machine. So, we’ll see how it works!

Eggplant Parmesan

At my birth class, the Doula running the class told us about a restaurant in the Atlanta area, called Scalini’s, that makes Eggplant Parmesan that is known to induce labor. Apparently over 300 customers who have ordered the eggplant parmesan gave birth within 48 hours of eating it!  They have photos of many of the babies on their website. And, they even provide the recipe on their site.

Eggplant Parmesan that induces labor

Even though I was so exhausted today, and don’t tend to cook a lot, I decided I really wanted to make this today.  So, I made it and ate it. Well, it seems like the baby liked the labor-inducing eggplant parmesan. Now we’ll see if it inspires him/her to want to evacuate!

Cookies

Someone posted a recipe on my Facebook page for “Jump Start Your Labor Cookies“. I have yet to try these, but may at some point!

So, we’ll see what happens with this!  I know I can’t control this, but if there’s any truth to any of this, maybe I can influence it a BIT! 🙂

3 thoughts on “Ways to Induce Labor — Do They Work?

  1. Hello,
    I found the link to your blog on the SMC forum and i have been reading some of your blog posts and they helped me a lot! Good luck and all the best for your delivery! 🙂

    • Thanks so much! I always love hearing that my blog helps people in some way! Where on the SMC forum did you see my blog? I know Jane was putting together a list at some point, but I don’t see it! Good luck in wherever in your journey you are 🙂

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