Pregnancy hacks: Foods that naturally induce labour

New Delhi: As one gets closer to their due date, patience often runs out, and you may be willing to try anything to help induce labour naturally. The majority of women prefer to accelerate the process naturally through food choices. Some consider these food groups to be old wives’ tales because there is little evidence that they are 100% effective in assisting labour.

Dr. Vanshika Gupta Adukia, Pregnancy/Childbirth and Lactation Specialist, has provided a list of a few food items that will aid in naturally inducing labour.

Red Raspberry Leaf

Red raspberry leaf has been shown to help strengthen the uterus muscles and tone the pelvic floor, both of which can aid in the birthing process.

According to research, red raspberry leaves can help shorten labour and reduce the likelihood of a C-section or an assisted birth using forceps/vacuum.

These leaves are commonly consumed in the form of tea, which is made by steeping the leaves in boiling water and then drinking it.

Raspberry leaves should be avoided during the last 34 weeks of pregnancy because they can increase the frequency of Braxton hicks contractions.


Pineapple is yet another fruit that most pregnant women avoid during their pregnancy. Unfortunately, few people seem to understand why this is the case.

Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that is thought to cause cervical ripening. Cervical ripening is the first step toward cervical dilation, which can lead to labour.

The core of the pineapple is thought to have the highest concentration of bromelain.

Pineapple is thus frequently consumed by pregnant women in the final weeks of pregnancy in order to aid cervical ripening.

Date Fruit

Dates are thought to aid in the process of cervical ripening, as well as improving labour spontaneity and lowering the risk of postpartum haemorrhage.

According to research, women who consume dates during their third trimester have a shorter first stage of labour and a faster rate of cervical dilation.

It should also be noted that, while dates are high in fibre, they also contain a lot of sugar and should be avoided if you have gestational diabetes or if you have a yeast infection during pregnancy (yeast feeds of sugar).

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