30 November, 2010
Virgin Piña Colada
A simpler and non alcoholic version of the famous Pina Colada
Fresh pineapple juice 1 cup
Ice cubes 4
Fresh coconut milk 1/4 cup
Sugar as needed
1. Crush 4 ice cubes in a blender.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
3. Serve with a straw and a pineapple wedge as decoration
Tips for post due pregnant women to induce labor the natural way
Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which is thought to help to soften the cervix and so bring on labour.
Is it safe?
There is very little available research. Each pineapple contains only very small amounts of bromelain so you would need to eat as many as seven to have any effect. The most likely side-effect of eating large amounts of pineapple would be a severe case of the runs.
Does it work?
There is some debate about the role played by bromelain on prostaglandins, which soften the cervix to prepare it for labour. Some studies actually suggest that bromelain inhibits prostaglandin activity while others think the opposite. Regardless of this, eating large quantities of pineapple is likely to stimulate the gut and bowel and, as with castor oil, could kick-start the uterus into action by that means.