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At 39 1/2 weeks I ate a whole pineapple. I took long walks, bounced on a birthing ball, sex, ate spicy food. I tried everything. Had to be induced at 10 days.
When someone is 40 weeks pregnant and goes into labor after doing something to help "induce" it's not what you did, it was just time to have that baby!
Baby comes when baby is ready!!
It does NOT induce labor. Pineapples have some prostaglandin in them (mainly in the core) and prostaglandin is known to have some effect on the cervix (softening, ripening, etc). Eating lots of pineapple throughout pregnancy, just as having regular sex throughout pregnancy (as prostaglandin is also found in semen), can aid in in readying the cervix once you are full term. Eating a whole pineapple once you hit your EDD will not induce labor. A lot less women would go over their EDDs if it were that easy.
Not much will induce labor, aside from medical inductions of course, but there are some things you can do throughout pregnancy, and especially in the 3rd tri, to help your body/uterus/cervix get ready.
MrsEllis10:When someone is 40 weeks pregnant and goes into labor after doing something to help "induce" it's not what you did, it was just time to have that baby! Baby comes when baby is ready!!
I'm convinced of this, too.
Nicole1026:I'm 40 weeks and 1 day!!! A lot of ppl say that it"s not unusual to go a few days over when your a FTM.
I learned in my Bradley classes that, according to Harvard, human gestational time is actually 41w1d, not 40w0d.
I think when anyone says, "Eat ____! I did and went into labor that night!" it is entirely coincidental. The chemicals that kick off the big show don't release until they release, and if it just so happens to be a few hours after you inhaled your body weight in pineapple and eggplant parm sandwiches, it's really just a coincidence.
That said, I'll be guilting my husband into mercy sex every day until this baby arrives, but that's more for the cervical benefits than any belief that it will actually kick-start labor.