Desperate Times Require Desperate Measures….

Though today was the calculated due date for our bambino’s grand entrance, we’ve had no baby action of note today.  We are in the 40th week and mommy is feeling as pregnant as ever.  Thus, we decided to take matters into our own hands today and considered some do-it-yourself labor induction techniques.

While plenty of natural methods to try to bring on labor exist (e.g., walking, sex, nipple stimulation, castor oil, herbal teas, and spicy food), it’s difficult to prove that any of them will actually work.  Even though old wives’ tales abound, and many women swear by some of the above, none of these methods have been documented to be consistently effective.  In addition, some of the potential side effects, such as diarrhea, severe cramping, vomiting, and painfully long and strong uterine contractions did not sound appealing to either of us.

That said, we decided to try some of the safer options above for the other benefits associated (use your imagination).  However, we concentrated our actual labor inducing efforts on a totally different option that seemed to have a better track record…Skipolini’s “Prego” pizza.  Interestingly enough, we had recently (within the past couple of weeks) heard about this legendary labor inducing option on the evening news when our local newscasters did a report on its historic effectiveness.

First, it’s important for you to understand that I love to eat pizza, about as much as I love my wife.   So using said vice to expedite the birth of our first child seemed like a dream come true for me and a win-win for all involved.  Second, it would provide me with a nostalgic blast from my past and give me an opportunity to share a part of my youth with my beautiful bride.  You see, I grew up in Concord, CA just on the other side of the border of the small, historic town of Clayton – Skipolini’s first location.

I ate Skipolini’s pizza from about the age of 8 years old, through my high school years, and even during college and beyond when I would head home to visit my parents and/or catch up with old friends.  My family knew “Skip” when there was only one location with sawdust on the floor.  My dad used to take our little and senior league baseball teams out to Skipolini’s for pizza after big games.  So hearing that Skipolini’s had a location in Folsom (approximately 30 minutes from our current house) AND that they had a legendary pizza that was known to invoke labor was almost beyond belief during our current time of need.  Side note, how things change – Skipolini’s now has six California locations from Clayton to Folsom, they have a gelato bar and the servers use iPads to take your order (you really should check them out and order a side of blue cheese for dipping your crusts).

I apologize for the digression, but my excitement with this new discovery still lingers.  That said, let’s get back to the issue at hand, labor inducing solutions…. Skipolini’s Pizza is so certain of this do-it-yourself remedy that they dedicate a section of their website to the “Legend of the Prego Pizza.”  They claim that:

“In the spring of 1981, a woman desperate to give birth after a trying pregnancy, wandered into Skipolini’s Pizza in downtown Clayton.  Jokingly, the woman demanded that the manager give her a pizza that would make her have the baby soon.  Seeing her desperation, the manager concocted a pizza with just about every known topping in the restaurant.”

“The masterpiece had thirteen different toppings including extra onions and extra garlic.  The pizza was loaded with fresh vegetables and six types of meat.  The creation weighed over four pounds and could have cured the hunger of several small countries.  The results were amazing.  The woman left the restaurant after eating the “Prego” pizza and went into labor that same evening.  So began the amazing history of the first ever, the original, “Prego” pizza (seen below).

Skipolini's Prego Pizza

Honestly, after that description we didn’t really care if the pizza actually worked for labor induction (though they do have over 70 examples of “success” stories on their website), we just had to try it.  So we packed up the bags and headed to Folsom.  I must say that Skipolini’s did not disappoint in the flavor and nostalgia categories.  My beautiful bride and I had a great time discussing some of my childhood memories, while enjoying a wonderful salad and an outstanding “Prego” Pizza.  See my wife below praying to the pizza gods for an expedited labor.

Praying to the Pizza Gods

Who knows, maybe tonight we will find out if the “Prego” Pizza’s labor inducing properties live up to the legend.  Or, maybe not.  Either way, we’ll keep you posted and we have leftovers for tomorrow.  🙂

Until soon…thanks for listening.


  1. Janet Cassie says:

    Too cute! Love the photo of BabyMomma praying over the pizza!!!

  2. jim cassie says:

    Sure case of heartburn.

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