Please, Basil Plant, Get This Baby Out of Me

At the start of pregnancy, naive me was all, “Of course I want my baby to bake as long as possible! Why do people keep saying they’re sick of it at the end? Don’t they want the best for their babies?”

By 39 weeks I was DONE. Done and also very grateful I’d never said the above to anyone but my husband. You know you’re DONE when you start googling word chains like “how to induce labor easy safe for child proof studies get it out now.”

There’s intercourse, pineapple, garlic, and hot peppers. Or how about the basil one—that’s so prevalent that there’s a restaurant that serves extra-basil-y eggplant parmesan specifically to help DONE moms go into labor? Is there any proof behind any of these rumors? Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman tackles the question for Romper.

Key Takeaways
—Basil is rumored to jumpstart labor because of its role as an emmenagogue—something that increases menstrual flow.
—Basil increases menstrual flow by causing muscles to relax. When taken during labor, this could actually reduce uterine contractions and slow down labor.
—Licorice is a safer bet; it increases production of prostaglandins and can make the uterus contract.



Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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