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The Suburban, Minnesota Restaurant Claims 'Labour Inducer' Burger Has Helped Women Give Birth

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The Suburban, Minnesota Restaurant Claims 'Labour Inducer' Burger Has Helped Women Give Birth

Anybody who has given birth beyond their due date will know the frustration of waiting to go into labour.

There's an endless list of things you can try to "get things moving "down there", from herbal remedies to exercise and even sex...

But one restaurant is claiming it has come up with the tastiest solution for expectant mums-to-be - it's delicious new burger, The Labour Inducer.

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The burger, which is on the menu at The Suburban in Excelisior, Minnesota is essentially a juicy intensely cheesy burger, made with certified angus beef, honey cured bacon, American, Cajun remoulade, peach caramelised onion, and Bavarian mustard.

Drool.

It sounds delicious, sure. But does it really posses the power to send you into labour?

Well, the restaurant would like us to believe so.

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The cheesy, spicy burger is a real treat for expectant mums (Credit: Instagram/ The Suburban)
The cheesy, spicy burger is a real treat for expectant mums (Credit: Instagram/ The Suburban)

The restaurant claims their owner, Kelsey Quarberg, went into labour eight days early, "just seven hours after taste testing this burger".

The story goes that Kelsey tried the burger in April when the restaurant's head chef was testing out the recipe ahead of the local Twin Cities Burger Battle.

She was just nine days away from her due date when she first chowed down on the chef's then un-named recipe, but before she knew it she was giving birth to her son, Samuel.

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"While we were taste-testing the burgers in slider form, I loved the burger so much that I asked our chef to make me (another) full-sized one," she told TODAY Food. "I figured I was 38 weeks pregnant, so why not indulge? About six hours later, my contractions started."


While the name was originally chosen as an homage to Kelsey's little one, she was stunned to discover that the same thing had happened to another expectant mother who had tried the burger.

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"When we were picking a name for the Burger Battle entry we thought the 'Labor Inducer' was a cute name ... but had no idea it would work on anyone else," she said.

But over the summer, when the Labour Inducer was permanently added the The Suburban's menu, customer Katy Engler also gave birth shortly after trying it - soon after welcoming a daughter named Elise into the world.

After that, a whole list of mums-to-be flocked to the restaurant to try the burger, and claim to have given birth shortly afterwards.

Pregnant women are flocking to the restaurant to try the burger (Credit: Unsplash)
Pregnant women are flocking to the restaurant to try the burger (Credit: Unsplash)
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In fact, one mum, Karen Kaihoi even bought a disassembled Labour Inducer and flew it to her daughter, in Virginia - a move which she claims successfully brought on her labour the next morning.

The fanfare is so real at this point that there's even a wall in the restaurant with pictures of all 31 (and counting) babies born 'as a result' of the culinary creation.

While it's a fun story, we at Tyla thought it was best to consult some experts before believing all the hype.

Dr Shree Datta, gynaecologist for INTIMINA, told us that while some studies have "associated eating spicy foods with labour, there's little scientific evidence out there specific to the ingredients of the Labour Inducer, to firmly associate it with triggering birth."

Meanwhile, pregnancy, birth and parenting expert Midwife Marley agreed: "There is no scientific evidence that any of the ingredients in this tasty looking burger actually induce labour, but it's certainly interesting that there have been these anecdotal reports."

Mums are claiming the burger is responsible for them going into labour (Credit: YouTube/ Inside Edition)
Mums are claiming the burger is responsible for them going into labour (Credit: YouTube/ Inside Edition)

She pondered that perhaps the spice in the mustard or the cajun could have played the part, but added: "More research would have to be done to prove either way.

"Unless these burgers contain lots of oxytocin and prostaglandins (hormones needed to kick start labour) it's unlikely to do much."

She went on: "I think that it's more likely to be coincidence that many of the women who have eaten these burgers have gone into labour as it sounds like they were mainly full term and due to give birth at any point anyway".

So, there we have it. The experts aren't convinced, but there's a whole list of new mums who are.

We guess the only way to know for sure is to try it for yourself...

Find Midwife Marley at www.midwifemarley.com and follow her on Instagram www.instagram.com/midwifemarley.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/ The Suburban

Topics: Pregnancy, Life News, Tasty Food, Tasty, Health

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