Here you are, 39 weeks pregnant, and you feel like you could pop at any moment. You're ready to meet your baby, and secretly hope that every twitch or cramp is a sign of labor. Although most moms-to-be deliver by their 40th week, some moms stay pregnant longer which may require your doctor to intervene. If your baby seems like he's moved in for good and you want to try to avoid a medical induction, you can try to jump start the labor process on your own. All you have to do it pull up to the drive-thru and try the one Chick-Fil-A order to induce labor.
According to experienced mamas all around the interwebs, Chick-Fil-A's spicy chicken sandwich is the order of choice when trying to jump start the labor process on your own. Spicy foods have anecdotally been believed to naturally induce labor. Pregnancy magazine warned that there is currently no scientific evidence to support this theory, but agreed that it makes sense if you consider how spicy foods affect digestion. According to BabyMed, a website by pregnancy and fertility expert and OB-GYN Dr. Amos Grunebaum, spicy food stimulates, and can even irritate your digestive system, which can cause loose stools and cramping. Excessive diarrhea can lead to dehydration, and one of the known side effects of dehydration in pregnant women is contractions.
BabyMed also suggested that spicy food may induce labor by increasing the production of the hormone prostaglandin which helps to contract the smooth muscles of the body and helps with inducing labor.
It's important for you to talk to your doctor before attempting any labor inducing methods on your own. Fit Pregnancy recommended that moms do not even consider trying to induce their own labor until after the 39 week mark. At that point, Fit Pregnancy suggested that loading up on spicy foods, like Chick-Fil-A's spicy chicken sandwich, is a safer bet than other natural induction methods. Taking castor oil, for example, can have terrible side effects such as nausea and explosive diarrhea, which is the last thing you want happening during labor and delivery.
So hop in your car and head over to the nearest Chick-Fil-A. Just do your best to avoid giving birth in the drive-thru.