Out of all the things that can potentially get labor going, I never would've considered "laughing" as a possible trigger. Yes, laughing, as in funny, ha ha ha, he he he.
Believe it or not, a woman in China, Ma Lusha, actually laughed herself into labor while taking in a comedy show in Beijing featuring a stand-up comedian named Guo Degang last Saturday night. When she suddenly felt the baby coming out, she was taken to the hospital, where she delivered a baby girl.
She was only 38 weeks along and wasn't the least bit concerned about delivering her baby early simply because she couldn't control her giggles. She said, "I love Guo's standup comedies very much. I never missed his shows. My doctor said my expected delivery date was several days later so I felt assured."
She loves this guy so much, she even wanted him to name her baby girl since his show is what sent her into labor in the first place, but he said no. (Aw. I feel kinda bad for her.)
Ok, back to the hilarity of this story -- she laughed herself straight into labor! Maybe this means there's new hope for moms who are at their wits' end and are trying everything to get the ball rolling. Forget taking walks, eating spicy food, and having sex (unless you're really in the mood) -- just sit down on the couch and pop a good comedy into the DVD player and let your laughter do the rest of the work!
If nothing else, at least trying to bring on labor will give you a good excuse to see that movie you've been dying to watch for months.
Do you think laughing can really start labor, or did it begin for this woman for another reason?
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