Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss

Pregnant Women Swear Eating Taco Bell Helps Induce Labor

As a sports fan, I know a thing or two about crazy superstitions, as I usually flip my Dodger hat inside out any time it looks like they’re going to score, or sit at the edge of my seat with my hands on my lap when I want Clayton Kershaw to get a strikeout.

The average person might think I’m crazy for thinking these actions will affect the outcome of the game, so I can relate to these women with the seemingly crazy belief that eating Taco Bell will help them go into labor.

There are a surprising number of pregnant women who swear that eating Taco Bell at the cusp of their labor, will help their baby come out sooner, according to Vice.

There seems to be a point where the woman is nine months into the pregnancy and the baby should be ready to come out, but hasn’t. At this point women are looking for any way to get this human out of their body, quickly.

Pregnant women have probably become familiar with the website, “What to Expect,” but what they might not have expected, is that there’s an entire forum dedicated to Taco Bell helping induce labor.


The belief is that Taco Bell has the same effect as consuming castor oil, another method that pregnant women use in order to induce labor at about 38 weeks in. Castor oil, and apparently Taco Bell, are being used as a stimulant laxative that causes contractions in both the bowels and uterus.

While the entries in this forum vary from disbelief, to suggestions that Taco Bell’s Volcano hot sauce might do the trick, there isn’t much science behind the whole theory.

Childbirth experts on WebMD suggest that any of these so-called “natural” methods for inducing labor are baseless, and there’s no connection between the stomach and the uterus. So women using castor oil, or looking for the spiciest food possible in order to pop out their kid a little faster, are basically just psyching themselves out.

If anything, should the mom-to-be not be able to handle the castor oil or the spiciness of a Fiery Doritos Locos Taco, it could lead to diarrhea, which can also dehydrate the body.

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have a human inside me for nine months, and Taco Bell sounds like a great way to shut down some cravings, but if you’re close to giving birth, please be careful with what you’re putting into your body and at least consult a doctor before chugging 100 packets of Taco Bell hot sauce.

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7 Surprisingly Dangerous Foods For Pregnant Women And Babies

Sushi and alcohol may be the obvious culprits, but you’d be shocked to learn there’s a much broader list of foods and drink to avoid when you’re expecting or feeding a baby. Keep those cravings in check with this guide.

1. Caesar Salad


This classic dish contains one potentially harmful ingredient in its dressing: raw egg. Consumption of undercooked yolk may result in that familiar bacterial strain known as Salmonella.  Often associated with raw chicken, avoiding infection means cooking eggs above 160-degrees. Too bad cooked dressing isn’t trending.

2. Parsley


A seemingly harmless herb, this infamous garnish is not recommended. Ingesting an abundance may encourage uterine contractions. In layman’s terms, it’ll lend itself to an early delivery. While consuming an excess of anything is never recommended, it’s easier to avoid this green altogether than wonder how much is in that batch of pesto.

3. Deli Meat


Cold cuts, bologna, and we might as well throw charcuterie in the mix– sandwiching these slices can be a cause for concern. It’s not so much the mom-to-be as much as it endangers the unborn child. The chances of acquiring Listeria are generally low, but expectant mothers are more at risk and may pass it along to baby. Complications may occur, leaving the child with complications. Or worse, resulting in death.

4. Water


Odorless, colorless, and without taste; babes in arms should not be drinking tap water. Newborns aren’t known for their immune systems, and receiving infections from drinking water would likely spread throughout their bodies and affect multiple areas of their already fragile body. In addition, for every time they pee, they’re losing sodium. Sodium loss causes seizures and brain swelling. Seriously.

5. Cinnamon


We know, we know. That fun stick in our spiced cider can’t possibly be bad for you. For all the benefits it seemingly promotes (fights off colds, acts as a bug repellent, cures athletes foot, etc.), excessive use results in premature labor.

6. Juice


Specifically, unpasteurized juices are not baby’s preferred beverage. You won’t always know if what’s being offered has gone through the process, so just avoid the option altogether. Need a good reason? Diarrhea. Yeah, we knew that would shut you up.

7. Eggs Benedict


Before you diss poached eggs over ham and English muffins, remember what this brunch staple is dressed in. Hollandaise is the enemy, so get irked because of that. That’s just bananas, if you ask us. See Caesar salad if you’re seeking more justification.


NSFW Ads Graphically Depict Eating Junk Food During Pregnancy


The foods that pregnant women eat can definitely impact their unborn child in some way or another. While the most know to avoid are raw fish and alcohol, even junk food can have an adverse effect on a child.

Paim, a Brazilian agency created a series of graphic ads depicting this for the SPRS. Babies are shown suckling on breasts that have different kinds of foods drawn onto them. While the illustrations are amazingly detailed, the overall ad is incredibly haunting.

It boasts the header: “Your child is what you eat.”





Breast Milk Lollipops Exist to Make You Envy Infants


Let’s be real: after the semen cocktails, the idea of a breast milk lollipop seems downright tame. Not to mention nostalgic — after all, the last time you drank breast milk was also probably the last time you ate as much as you wanted, screamed constantly, and still had someone else wipe your butt.

Lollyphile, the company responsible for creatively flavored lollipops, has a healthy respect for the awesome power of breast milk, describing it as a substance “so delicious it could turn a screaming, furious child into a docile, contented one” and infants as “selfish” for hogging all of it. They’re also quick to reassure any dubious consumers that the lollipops are not made with actual breast milk (so no one has to worry about factories full of pregnant and nursing mothers pumping frantically to keep up with lollipop demand). Lollyphile has expressed a ton of gratitude to the mothers who shared their breast milk with Lollyphile “flavor specialists” to get the authentic breast milk flavor, but the treats themselves are totally vegan.

And no, the lollipops aren’t shaped like breasts.

Breast Milk Lollipops $10 @ Lollyphile 

H/T HuffPo


Pregnancy Just Got Awesome: Study Okays Drinking ‘A Little’ During Pregnancy


Let’s be honest — pregnancy is pretty much a constellation of things that suck. There’s the nausea, the weight gain, the swelling that makes your feet look like overstuffed sausage casings, and to top it all off you can’t even have a drink or your baby will be born with flippers instead of eyeballs. Or something.

However, a new study is claiming otherwise. The study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and tracked 10,000 children born in the U.K. between 2000 and 2001 for the first seven years of their lives. The children were tested for math, reading, and spatial skills while their parents answered questionnaires on their emotional and social development. Turns out that the kids whose mothers drank a little alcohol during pregnancy were doing just as well as those whose mothers abstained completely, and some of the alcohol-exposed kids scored higher.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that pregnant women should start tapping kegs any time soon. The government still recommends that women “not have more than one to two units of alcohol once or twice a week, and not to get drunk” during pregnancy (to put that in perspective: a  four-ounce glass of wine is roughly one and a half units). Keep in mind, it’s difficult to judge one’s individual limit when it comes to booze, as “one to two units of alcohol” will affect certain people differently.

Bottom line: Imbibing any form of alcohol during pregnancy is potentially dangerous.

H/T + PicThx NPR