As you near the end of pregnancy, you’re probably going to feel huge, tired and ready for baby to arrive. It’s common for women in the third trimester to research ways to naturally bring on labor, whether they’re obvious ways such as walking, or wackier methods such as putting their left foot to their left ear.
One such unusual method of supposedly inducing labor is a drink made out of orange juice and milk.
How is the drink made?
This drink is though to have origins in Spain or the Dominican Republic. Its traditional name is Morir Soñando (to die dreaming).
- Milk and Orange Juice (3:2)
- Ice cubes or crushed ice.
The ingredients are combined and the drink is served chilled.
There is a similar recipe you can try called an Orange Julius. The same ingredients are used but with the addition of vanilla.
Why doesn’t the drink curdle?
The best method used to avoid curdling is making sure all ingredients are cold before they are combined.
What does it taste like?
The taste is often compared to a creamsicle, orange sherbet or an orange Fanta spider or float.
Does it actually work?
Some suggestions as to why it is believed to work:
- A combination of the low and high PH levels of milk and orange juice when combined.
- An increase in bowel activity, including gas and bowel contractions. This is similar to the reason that many people believe pineapple, licorice and castor oil to induce labor.
Despite these assumptions, there is no evidence that a mixture of milk and orange juice will induce labor. However there’s also no risk to trying this combination in moderation, so if you’d like to see how it tastes, go ahead and make yourself a Morir Soñando!