Reportedly 64 women have gone into labour so far after eating this pizza!
According to Babble, about three hours after eating a pizza at Hawthorne’s NY Pizza & Bar in Charlotte, North Carolina USA, Ali Aldrich went into labour at 38 weeks into her pregnancy. Some hours later, she was holding her daughter now 6, in her arms and a legendary labour inducing pizza was born.
The tasty slice is now known locally as “The Inducer,” and expectant mamas in Charlotte just can’t get enough of it!
For overdue pregnant women everywhere, though, there’s no joke when it comes to tricks to inducing labour, many women share all kinds of old wives tales to try and bring on labour when they are past their due dates but this one seems to been working for many mums. After Aldrich’s experience six years ago, word quickly spread around town about the pie and it’s “magical” abilities — particularly after more and more pregnant women began to eat it, and go into labour themselves.
“The Inducer” is actually a Buffalo Wing pizza with grilled chicken, mozzarella, and a slightly spicy house-made Buffalo Wing sauce. And it’s that very sauce that many say is the key to the pizza’s labour-inducing properties,even the staff at Hawthorne’s are puzzled as to why it works so well.
“We have no idea about why this seems to work for some moms-to-be, [but] we hear spicy foods can sometimes induce labor,” notes Mandii Green, a representative for Hawthorne’s.
To date, seven women — including three in the past week alone — have gone into labor after eating the spicy pizza. Green says that one of the moms-to-be even had her water break right in the restaurant, immediately after eating a slice of The Inducer.
Thirty-five-year-old Kristin Cogan didn’t have her water break at the restaurant, but she did come pretty close. Cogan happens to be friends with Aldrich, and recently, the pair went to Hawthorne’s together and ordered a pie, with Aldrich joking that its magic could work on Cogan, too. Except no one was laughing when Cogan’s water broke the second she finished eating her pizza — right in her friend’s kitchen.
“Worked like a charm,” Cogan tells Babble. “12 hours later, I gave birth to my son.”
One of the most recent birth stories to result from a slice of The Inducer belongs to Henley Jones Schmiedel, 36, a part-time pediatrics nurse at Lavine Children’s Hospital. She’d heard about the pizza from Aldrich’s little sister, and one night, when she was 38½ weeks along with her second baby, Schmiedel admitted to friends that she was more than ready to be done being pregnant.
Another little ‘Inducer baby’ born (shared via instagram)
SO If you fancy trying one of these pizzas for yourself (if you are at least 38 weeks pregant) but can’t get down to Hawthornes, how about this home recipe right here:
- 1 lb loaf frozen pizza dough, thawed (or if you are Iron Chef status you can make your own)
- Jar of spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce
- Mozzarella cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Green Peppers
- Onions (extra)
- Sausage (ground sausage, Italian sausage or both)
- Ground Beef
- Garlic (extra)
Baking directions for the inducer pizza are very similar to any normal homemade pizza, but you can get a break down of the specifics on the Just for Mommies website.
Happy eating and good luck!