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March 31st, 2012, 04:49 PM
Linda-Jean Linda-Jean is offline
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Regarding the suggestion of pineapple to induce labour, here are a few more pointers. Do not try this suggestion if you are allergic to pineapples. Duh, I guess that is a no-brainer. It is a scientific fact that pineapple contains the proteolytic enzyme bromelain which is thought to help to soften the cervix and so bring on labour. Pineapple contains only very small amounts of the chemical bromelain. It has been estimated that you would have to eat as many as seven pineapples to have any effect on the cervix. The most probable side-effect of eating large amounts of pineapple would be a severe case of diarrhoea. In which case you would be better off trying the castor oil option discussed elsewhere in this article.
Some cultures swear by this option of inducing labour but there is insufficient research data to confirm whether eating pineapple really works. There is no solid evidence establishing whether it is a safe option or not. If trying this option bear in mind that the pineapple must be fresh as the enzyme bromelain is destroyed by the manufacturing processes of canning and juicing. Another option is to buy bromelain tablets from your health food shop. As bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that breaks down protein, it should not be eaten with protein as it will merrily digest that and be consumed in your stomach rather than doing its desired work at the cervix. It should be taken on an empty stomach and the tablets should never be chewed as the digestive enzyme will badly burn your tongue. Bromelain is often used to reduce inflammation associated with tendinitis, sprains and strains, and other minor muscle injuries. In Europe, bromelain is used to treat sinus and nasal swelling following ear, nose, and throat surgery or trauma. To treat arthritis, up to 2,000 mg of bromelain is taken each day in two divided doses. So you could safely take 1,000 mg (1 gram) twice a day in an effort to induce labour. More info is available at “14 Natural Induction Methods To Bring on Labour” at
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