Yet another life lesson from Lizzie McGuire. 

By Corey Williams
October 17, 2018
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Hilary Duff is ready to deliver her second baby right now—and, like countless pregnant women over the past three decades, she’s turning to a California restaurant for help. Caioti Pizza in Los Angeles offers a very special “Maternity Salad” that is said to jumpstart labor. A hopeful Duff ordered the salad before sharing her plight with her Instagram followers this week. 

Hilary Duff

"This salad is supposed to make you go into labor...@caioti_pizza don't let me down,” the Younger star captioned her photo. 
Duff announced in June that she and boyfriend Matthew Koma are expecting a baby girl.

Most mothers who claim the salad worked for them credit the dressing with inducing labor. But Carrie LaDou, the restaurant’s owner, isn’t giving anything away--she says the dressing is an old family secret.

"It has been 28 years of this," LaDou told TODAY. "Pregnant women come in every day—we have between five and 20 a day they're past due and they want to get the baby out." She did admit that other components of the salad include romaine lettuce, watercress, walnuts, and pasteurized gorgonzola cheese.

A stop at the restaurant has become sort of a tradition among expectant mothers in the area. But can food actually hasten your delivery day?


While most doctors say food won’t actually induce labor (pesky science), many women swear that a specific meal sped up the process. Spicy foods, balsamic dressing, pineapple, castor oil, and eggplant are among the alleged miracle workers. 

This seems to be one of those “might help, can’t hurt” scenarios. Whatever works, right?