Does Fresh Pineapple Induce Labor?

If you’ve ever been pregnant, I’m sure there are times where you thought about inducing labor. Well, I honestly didn’t think about inducing labor with my first child. I wanted him to stay in my tummy as long as possible.  Unfortunately, the doctor did not think so, and my son was born early. That is another post in itself, which I will write about later.

With my second child, I was trying for a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section). My daughter’s due date was December 16, 2009. On December 15th, I decided to eat fresh pineapple. This was not necessarily an intentional thing to see if labor would induce. I always eat fresh fruit. We just happened to have fresh pineapple. So I ate some fresh pineapple and went to bed without thinking about it. I was a little sad around this time because I had a feeling I would never give birth without a c-section.

Now, let me make this clear. I have nothing against c-sections. The reason I was trying for a VBAC the second time around is because I feel like I could have had a vaginal delivery with my first child, but the doctor did not give me a chance it seems. I even had a consultation with the OBGYN I used for my second pregnancy, and even she agreed that if I would have been under her care, she would not have induced labor so incredibly early like my first OBGYN did with my son’s birth.

According to eHow “Bromelain is an enzyme that naturally occurs in pineapple. It is believed to work like a prostaglandin, which aids in the ripening and softening of the cervix. This enzyme is only present in fresh pineapple, and not in canned or jarred pineapple. After the pineapple has been cut and time passes, the enzyme diminishes; if you are trying to induce labor, only eat fresh pineapple”. I can say I was not totally educated about this before I ate pineapple that night of December 15th.

At 1:01AM on December 16, 2009, my daughter’s due date, my water broke. It was so awesome to have my water break without a doctor intentionally breaking my water without my knowledge (like my first birthing experience). We dropped my son off at his nana’s house, drove to the hospital, and checked in. Unfortunately, the nurse gave me something that said would help me relax. Well, it knocked me out! I guess that is a good thing in a way, but in retrospect I wish I would have asked what she gave me.

When I woke up, a doctor on call and nurse was poking at me “down there”. It was pretty painful because she was trying to insert something that would monitor my contractions. After an entire day, I did not dilate much. I was scheduled to have a c-section. At 8:01pm, a beautiful baby girl was born! The doctor told me when he was opening me up that he knew why I was not dialating. Apparently, my first doctor botched my first c-section so bad that the scar tissue had grown and wrapped around areas that would prevent any woman from dialating.

It was a blessing in disguise, because if I would have pushed my daughter out naturally, then she would have probably choked on the cords because they were wrapped around her several times. I am so thankful my daughter is here with us and that nothing bad happened.

So, did the pineapple cause me to go into labor? I don’t know. I do find it funny that I went into labor hours later  and gave birth. In my totally uneducated, unofficial opinion, I think if your child is ready to come out, the pineapple might just give you an extra boost to go into labor. Kind of like labor inducing drugs maybe? If your baby is not ready, your baby won’t come out.

What do you think?

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