The reality TV star is expecting her first child with husband Ben Seewald. The baby was due yesterday, Nov. 1 (which is also the couple's first wedding anniversary!), but has yet to make an appearance. The mama-to-be turned to an all-natural method to hurry things along.
Haha! So has anyone else tried the "eating an entire fresh pineapple" thing for helping to bring on labor? Apparently it doesn't work for everyone, 'cause I ate the whole thing yesterday... and still no signs of labor! (Sure was a tasty pineapple tho! ) Guess #BabySeewald still wants to camp out in there a little longer! Patience, Mama, patience... #39weeks5days
Meanwhile, thousands of Jessa's Instagram followers replied with their own suggestions for inducing labor with food and drink, among them:
Others' comments encouraged the couple to use more physical techniques to get things moving along:
Experts say that, apart from medications given at the hospital, there are no proven methods for inducing labor. But that won't stop those who are eager to move things along from trying, and there are some methods that seem to have more science behind them than others.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries in Asia for labor induction, but the science is relatively new in the U.S. According to House of Fertility and Healing in Australia, the average time from acupuncture until delivery was 13.1 hours, and the success rate of inducing overdue labor with acupuncture was greater than 68 percent.
Those who encouraged Jessa and Ben to have more sex may be on to something as well. When you have an orgasm, your body releases oxytocin, a hormone that causes uterine contractions. Oxytocin is the natural form of Pitocin, which hospitals often use to induce labor. Furthermore, your partner's semen contains prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that soften the cervix. Synthetic prostaglandins are sometimes used by doctors and midwives to induce labor.
But mostly it's just a waiting game, no matter what you do.
Hopefully Jessa and Ben won't have to wait much longer to meet their little bundle of joy. Fingers are crossed for a happy, healthy and imminent delivery!
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