Here’s a look at what we did in the 2-3 days before Eli decided to come out and play…
Pineapple and Curry
Pineapple contains the enzyme ‘bromeliad’ which is thought to help soften the cervix and bring on labor. Eating large amounts of it stimulates your tummy, which is in turn supposed to stimulate your uterus too.
A few days before going into labor, I went over to a South African friend’s house and she cut up tons of pineapple slices for me to enjoy dipped in curry powder. This South African treat, popular in Durban, is meant to be great for naturally inducing labor because it consists of pineapple AND spicy curry powder. Curry is often suggested as a means to bring on labor because, like pineapple, spicy food may stimulate your tummy and therefore stimulate your uterus into action.
I didn’t stop with one pineapple.. When I got home I ate another, and then one more the following morning. I felt mild contractions that evening and into the following day. Three days later I went into labor. Who knows… maybe the pineapple started something?!
Walking/ Bouncing/ Dancing
Hold a Newborn
…There are plenty of other ways to try and induce labor naturally. We merely tried these, and a couple other ones, because they were simple to do. Although we have never seen castor oil here in China, I don’t think that I would have drank that to induce labor. I have read multiple articles about women doing this and successfully inducing labor. Whether or not any of these things work, they will only have an effect if the baby is ready to be born. I can’t say whether any of our tried methods worked or not, but within a few days of doing all of these… Eli was in our arms.