My doctor just told me that "there's probably a 9-10 pounder in there" at my appointment. Not the news I wanted to hear. It explains the excruciating hip pain, I suppose. As well as the inability to breathe...at all.
Needless to say, despite the size they are anticipating, the low amniotic fluid, and now the more-frequent non-stress-tests, they want that baby to stay in as close to 39 weeks as possible.
(I guess her measuring 39 doesn't count) 😞
So I went on a quest to find natural "at-home labor-inducing remedies".
I'll give you the news now.
These didn't work for me. (A BILLION SAD FACE EMOJIS)
Basically they are just a delightful gingersnap cookie laced with cayenne pepper. You know, spicy things are supposed to get things moving.
I even made my favorite Chicken Tortilla Soup to eat for dinner (with a little extra kick).
No luck. Its been 5 days. They detected contractions yesterday on the non-stress-test, but not enough to be considered "real" ones, I guess.
Oh well. We enjoyed snacking on these cookies!
My daughter ate them, but only after I made her promise to not give birth to a baby. :D
She thought it was hilarious.
The tale says to bake the cookies and then eat as many as possible and lie down for a bit.
I munched on five, hey! I'm pregnant!
Then when I got up to use the restroom every hour throughout the night, I tried to eat another one.
Hopefully they work for you if you are desperate!!
I just used my favorite gingersnap recipe and added the cayenne pepper. You can add 1/8 teaspoon - 1/4 teaspoon, depending on the amount of spice you'd like. I added more towards the 1/4 teaspoon and nobody at my house could tell it was in there.
Just remember to not over-bake these cookies or else they get hard!
Labor-Inducing Cookies (Gingersnaps)
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 8-10 min
Ingredients (4 dozen)
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (to roll dough in)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a stand mixer cream butter, sugars, and molasses until fluffy - about 2 minutes.
Add in egg and mix to combine.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper together.
Add the flour mixture slowly to the creamed butter and mix until no white of the flour remains.
If mixture seems a bit dry, add milk slowly until it creates a nice, soft dough. Using a cookie scoop, or spoon, roll 1-inch balls of dough into the sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until bottom edge just starts to turn brown.
Let sit on the cookie sheet for a minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.
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