Pineapple to bring on labour - how much is enough??

(17 Posts)
jen992 Mon 09-Feb-09 15:59:49

I'm now 38+2 and want to get stuck into eating pineapple in a (lame) attempt to help bring on labour (well anything's worth a try!)
How much pinapple do you have to eat for it to be beneficial? One a day? half a day? every other day? anyone got any ideas??

janek Mon 09-Feb-09 16:01:50

i think dp read on the internet that you'd need to eat 7 at a time for it to have any effect. don't know where he read it though. that was when i was having dd1. we'd given up any idea of getting a baby out early by the time dd2 was on the way...

WowOoo Mon 09-Feb-09 16:04:37

I really wouldn't bother and I think it's bollocks myself.

Nothing helped me, I was 10 days late. baby will come when they are ready! (sorry!!)

Shagging might work though!

Hope you don't have to wait too long.

WowOoo Mon 09-Feb-09 16:05:56

Oh, wanted to say that I overdid it and still gag at the thought of pineapple. It was almost 3 years ago. I really overdid it and it made no difference...

nigglewiggle Mon 09-Feb-09 16:10:06

I also heard that there is an enzyme in pineapple that may help bring on labour, but it is in such small quantities that you would have to eat a full crate before it had any affect.

jen992 Mon 09-Feb-09 16:10:37

DS was 11 days late (tried curry, pineapple etc) AND had 3 sweeps before he decided to make an appearance. Really want this one to come sooner so am willing to try (almost) anything!!... except sex... can't bring myself to 'do it' at the moment as look and feel too much like a prize heifer!!!

Beccabump Mon 09-Feb-09 17:59:25

I think the idea used to be that you had to eat as much as it takes to give you an upset stomach effect - nice!! That's why curry etc works - it stimulates the bowel and that 'can' set off cx. I also heard it had to be crates of pineapple to get you going and it has to be fresh not tinned as the enzyme is even less in that.

At least pineapple is a bit more yummy than curry although watch the heartburn!!


MHill Mon 09-Feb-09 19:16:54

At my NCT class last week they said you would need to eat 7 fresh pineapples to have any effect. Thats a lot of pineapple!!

it's pointless. I ate a whole one and it made no difference.

in fact, one night when I was nearly 2 weeks overdue I had:
followed by a whole pineapple
followed by a hot bath
in which I drank raspberry leaf tea mixed with gin!!!
after this we had sex.

probably not the best idea, and did it shift baby? HA.

plus, you're only 38+2
you aren't even technically due yet.

my first, as I say, was 2 weeks late.
my second was only a day late.

so don't panic yet!

jen992 Mon 09-Feb-09 19:22:01

LOL 'thisisyesterday'... talk about covering all bases!!! well i love pineapple so will probably just eat as much as i feel comfortable eating... if it works it works, if not atleast it'll be one of my 5 a day!!

2Helenback Mon 09-Feb-09 20:19:52

At NCT I asked about this and mid wife lady said it worked if you applied the pineapple directly to the cervix. Apparently you peel and cut up first, not pop in whole as one of the dads present thought!

Don't know if this is true, but sounds like a waste of pineapple to me!

girlwithcurls Mon 09-Feb-09 20:42:18

LOL 2Helenback surely she was having you on! Have never heard that one.

I ate most of a fresh pineapple but did nothing. Except put me off fresh pineapple.

Baby rules and will come when ready...sorry to say. Hey, good luck!

sweetkitty Mon 09-Feb-09 20:46:48

All it did for me is make my mouth go all weird and tingly

FWIW I think absolutely NOTHING will shift a baby that's not ready.

At 10 days overdue with DD2 in the one day I:
ate a whole pineapple
went for a walk
spent an hour bouncing on my ball
had a clary sage oil bath
rubbed clary sage oil on my reflexology point corresponding to the uterus
ate a curry
had sex
had been taking 6 RLT capsules a day since 33 weeks
drank a bottle of lucozade

and it still didn't work, I gave up and went into labour 2 days later

LoveMyLapTop Mon 09-Feb-09 20:49:38

I ate a whole fresh pineapple and drank a liter of pineapple juice.. and went into labour 6 hrs later. Might have been coincidence, but i wasnt constipated after

MarlaSinger Mon 09-Feb-09 20:50:33

God don't bother. I ate one a day for the last three weeks of my pregnancy and did it help? Ha ha ha. I went 12 days over. Sorry!

Yummy though.

I also had ridiculous amounts of sex, curry, nipple stimulation, clary sage massages, endless baths with the stuff in, and raspberry leaf tea by the crateful.

If there is a next time I am doing nothing.

ranirani Mon 09-Feb-09 21:06:47

Tried pineapple, curry, can't bring myself to sex grin . Just the tought of me with my current size is putting me off, what to speak of my DH. I am content with the affection he is giving me, do not think there is any room for lust in my condition grin
apparently walking helps, especially walking up and down the stairs. BUT... I am so bloody tired, can't even think about it!! I am 39+3 BTW.
I have read that twitching your nipples works. Will get on it tonight!

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