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Ginger cookies….to induce labor…..who knows?


We often get asked “what can help me go into labor?” . And while there are a ton of myths and ideas that can supposedly help a woman go into labor. The reality is, it has everything to do with your baby (emitting hormones, positioning…)

BUT…It is always interesting that SOME of those ideas are steeped in science. A whole post on that coming later…

SO… in the “it certainly can’t hurt” category…. a variation of these Labor Inducing cookies has been floating around the Internet for a long time. Supposedly it’s the spice from the ginger that works its magic on your body and causes you go to into labor.  Some think it’s the cayenne pepper.  Regardless of which spice gets things moving, but they are certainly tasty!

Supposedly after eating these, you’ll go into labor within 24 hours. (Myth? perhaps. But as we always teach….diverting your attention, doing something that involves your senses can be calming and helpful in those end stages of pregnancy…

So give it a whirl….if you dare….

Jump Starting Ginger Cookies


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 30 cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups  flour
  • 1 cup  brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup  molasses
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 8  tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon  ground ginger (fresh works best)
  • 3/4  teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2   teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2   teaspoon salt
  • 1/2   teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional– but adds an additional kick, quite a  kick, actually…it’s probably the kick that gets labor “kick-started”, get it??)


Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, baking soda and spices together in a bowl, mixing them together and set them aside. Then cream the sugar together with the butter.  Slowly cream the molasses into the butter mixture. Once that’s incorporated,  add the egg whites.

Next you will add the dry ingredients a bit at a time to the wet mixture. This is usually best done by hand with a utensil. Once the mix is together, you will place 1 inch balls of dough onto your parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake these cookies for 9-11 minutes, depending on your oven times. I usually recommend you watch the first batch to figure out a more precise time for your oven.

Once the cookies are done, they will be slightly browned on the edges. Bring them out and allow them to cook on the cooling rack. Feast away!

Hoping for a calm and beautiful Labor Day!

Join us Tuesday October 13th for a class on birth tools

those tools and tricks to

help you in labor


at Indian River Medical Center


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