Do Certain Foods Cause Contractions?


Dear Midwife,
Is it normal for me to get really strong contractions and stomach pains after I eat a certain food group? For me, breads, cereals, chips, cookies, any kind of carbs. seem to trigger off contractions that really hurt. Is this okay? Keep in mind that I am 38 weeks pregnant.


At this gestation, any way you can get contractions is a bonus! -- assuming you do not have diabetes, of course. I hope your baby comes soon.

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.