Charlotte Church Using Old Wives Tales to Induce Labor

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Charlotte Church

Remember Charlotte Church? I don't really, either, but I think she has one of those fabulous voices and is a large sensation in the UK. Well, Charlotte is ready to give birth to her second child and can't seem to get that baby here fast enough. The songstress is allegedly trying any and all means (safe ones, of course) to coax her baby into the world. According to reports, Charlotte was spotted eating curry in an attempt to jumpstart labor. Curry and other spicy foods are an old wives tale trick to get things rolling. As someone who ate Thai food throughout both my pregnancies I can assure you that the chances are slim to none that spicy food will bring on labor. And I'm talking green curry Thai, not peanuts and noodles!

Still, these notions that certain things can jumpstart labor persist even into the modern day. I remember sitting with my OB going over the possibilities, and we both had a good laugh over some of the things recommended in the past for getting that baby train rolling. Having sex is a good one, as is eating castor oil -- gross! No, really, it's GROSS -- and the aforementioned spicy food. Another one is light exercise like going for a walk.



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I think the only thing that will actually get labor started outside of nature is pitocin, and you can only get that in the hospital with your doctor's approval, generally when you're two weeks late. This may vary from place to place, but it's safe to say they aren't handing pitocin out over the counter. I have heard that sex speeds things along, but, really, when you're nine months pregnant the last thing you might consider is getting frisky!

Any wives tales that brought on labor you know of? Please share -- and send word to Charlotte Church!

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.