Pregnant women are turning to a 'maternity salad' containing THIS magic ingredient to bring on labour… but does it work?

Feasting on a hot curry, a spoonful of castor oil and getting jiggy in the bedroom are some of the better known ways to kick-start your body into action – but have you ever considered tucking into a salad?

Apparently a dish of leafy greens from a restaurant in Los Angeles is developing a cult following for its "labour-inducing" properties.

The maternity salad, made by Caioti Pizza Café, contains a mix of romaine lettuce, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, watercress and the restaurant’s secret herb-balsamic dressing.

Apparently pregnant actress Hilary Duff, 31, has given it a go to induce delivery of her second child.

Earlier this week she posted to her Instagram stories: "This salad is supposed to make you go into labor… @caioti_pizza don’t let me down."

She is just one of hundreds of mums-to-be who have allegedly flocked to scoff the restaurant's leafy treat.

The salad is now so famous that gynaecologists in the local area have begun recommending the restaurant to their pregnant patients.

Carrie LaDou, owner of Caioti Pizza, told Today: "Doctors send their patients here — so do midwives and doulas.

"Everybody knows us and the salad has become an end-of-pregnancy tradition for most locals."

So, can a salad actually have the power to bring on childbirth?

Mr Ian Currie, consultant gynaecologist at BMI The Chiltern Hospital, told Yahoo UK that women whose pregnancies are prolonged beyond 40 weeks have been looking for years for ways to stimulate natural onset of labour rather than be induced.

"Various remedies have been used over the years but none have really undergone any serious scientific scrutiny," he said.

He revealed there is a suggestion that the substances found in balsamic vinegar may have an impact – however countries like Italy that consume these products more readily don't record higher rates of natural onset of labour.

Try making the Caioti Pizza Café maternity salad at home…


  • Romaine lettuce
  • Shavings of gorgonzola cheese
  • Walnut halves
  • Watercress

For the balsamic basil vinaigrette dressing:

  • Pop basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese into a blender.
  • Blend until ingredients form a paste.
  • Slowly pour olive oil into the mixture and continue to blend until smooth.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and whisk before serving.

He pointed out that Italy actually has the highest Caesarean section rate in Europe – though that could be down to "other reasons".

While there are "loose" hypotheses to justify eating certain foods or doing certain things, Mr Currie said there still isn't science to explain how the human body initiates labour.

We previously told how a mum revealed the brutal truth about the effects of childbirth and shared a shocking photo in mesh underwear.

Meanwhile here's what it's like to labour in the five-star Lindo wing where Meghan Markle might give birth.

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