By the time you hit 40 weeks of pregnancy, chances are you are beyond ready to get your baby out of your body and into the world. You're willing to try anything and everything to get your baby to join the party that is life in the outside world, so why not try the one Dunkin' Donuts order to induce labor? Though you might not be a firm believer in the old wives' tale that certain foods can induce labor, there's no harm in trying the following Dunkin' Donuts menu item in order to get things rolling. And no, it's not a dozen chocolate-glazed donuts. It doesn't hurt to dream though, right?
If you're lucky enough to live in the New England area, Dunkin' Donuts has a menu item with an ingredient that will (hopefully) lead you right into labor. The Mango Pineapple Fruited Iced Tea is sweetened with real fruit juice and real fruit, which means that the extra tidbit of pineapple in your favorite pick-me-up just got even more practical. According to the website for Today's Parent, it's a popular belief that when pregnant women eat pineapple, the bromelain softens the connective tissue of the cervix, which helps to induce labor. However, according to Mom Junction bromelain is only found in fresh pineapple — and though Dunkin' Donuts promises the fruit in their Fruited Iced Tea is real fruit, it makes no promises about being fresh. Justin Drake, Sr. Manager, Public Relations, at Dunkin' Brands, told Romper: "While we know our guests really enjoyed our Fruited Iced Teas when we offered them at Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in New England last summer, we haven't heard of anyone sharing that the teas kick started their labor!”
Though the bromelain in pineapple is thought to help induce labor, don't get too excited. Fellow Romper writer Gemma Hartley ate 10 fresh pineapples over the course of two weeks in an attempt to induce labor, with no results. (Unless you count some seriously chapped lips.) So while it might not be a sure thing to induce labor, pineapple is certainly one of the least offensive foods thought to induce labor, and who doesn't like a little bit of fresh fruit in their day? So the next time you're picking up a sweet treat for yourself from Dunkin' Donuts, why not tack on one of those iced teas to your order.
Though the idea that you're going to have an actual human (as opposed to the in-the-womb human you've gotten so used to) to take care of every day can be somewhat daunting when you're nearing the end of your pregnancy, 40 weeks is a long time to be carrying around a baby. When you're ready, you're ready. And you'll be willing to try just about anything, including that Mango Pineapple Fruited Iced Tea from your neighborhood Dunkin' Donuts.