Pregnancy is full of so much discomfort and so many indignities, who am I to deny a woman any remedy or craving? The fact is, I wouldn't. But I sure as hell will deny myself. Thanks to old wives' tales on the internet, there's a seemingly endless list of remedies, recipes, and ways to induce labor. Some of them are, frankly, bizarre. Do what you have to do to remain sane and healthy during pregnancy, but there are certain things I'll never, ever be pregnant enough to try.
My pregnancy was wildly uncomfortable, so there were plenty of things I did try. I had terrible nausea the first half of my pregnancy. I took vitamin B12, wore seasickness bands, sucked on hard candies, and put peppermint oil on the back of my tongue. Yeah, none of it worked. Even doctor-prescribed Zofran only gave me temporary relief. Maybe that's what turned me off so-called "remedies." At some point I realized I was going to be miserable no matter what, and I just had to suck it up. So when it came to later discomforts, like swollen ankles and back pain or eventually trying to induce labor, I just wasn't willing to try anything that sounded kooky to me.
I know most of these things probably fall under the "don't knock it till you've tried it" umbrella, but you guys, I just can't. I won't tell you what you can and can't do, but I draw my own line at the following: