Pregnant and Spicy

Posted by Meghan Chomeau June - 7 - 2012
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Picture this scenario.  You are 40 weeks pregnant, and you are still waiting to give birth to your bundle of joy.  The anticipation is building, and you are becoming increasingly uncomfortable.  As a result, you decide to turn to natural methods to bring on your labor.  This is a scenario many women across the country are facing.  When a woman’s due date has come and gone or is right around the corner, it is understandable that she would look for ways to jump-start her labor.  Although the cause of labor is largely unknown, women continue to search for a natural method to induce it.  Everything from caster oil to acupuncture has been cited as a possible means for speeding up the birthing process.

Spicy food is among the rumored ways to naturally trigger labor.  So the question is does this rumor carry any actual merit?  The answer is most likely no.  There is no scientific proof that spicy food induces labor, but it is still an intriguing possibility for the following reason.  Spicy food can aggravate the digestive system and lead to dehydration.  Dehydration in turn has been connected to causing contractions in pregnant women.  So although the connection between spicy food and labor is loose, there is still a small chance that it is effective.

Compared to other natural labor inducing methods, eating spicy food carries some of the lowest risk.  The Food Standards Agency states that it is safe to eat spicy food during pregnancy.

Spicy Food during Pregnancy

The only side effect pregnant women need to be aware of is an increased risk of heartburn.  In light of this information, there seems to be little to lose by using spicy food to induce labor.  However, you should always consult with your doctor before taking matters into your own hands.

If you have decided to try the spicy food theory here are some recommendations that may or may not speed up your delivery date, but will most definitely taste delicious.

  1. Chicken enchiladas
  2. Curry chicken
  3. Kung pao chicken
  4. Salsa
  5. Thai vegetables

It may not be a science, but you may find that even the possibility of its effectiveness will give you a sense of control and some psychological comfort. If spicy food doesn’t have the miraculous effect you hoped don’t get too disheartened! There are a plethora of other labor inducing theories you can try.  No matter what you decide the end of your pregnancy is closer than you think!

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