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This Restaurant's Salad Sends Pregnant Women To The Hospital

Pregnant women everywhere are being told about this magic salad that can apparently induce labor in overdue moms.

Siri Daly, contributor for TODAY Food, says she turned to the "maternity salad" at the California-based Caioti Pizza Cafe.

"The first time I tried 'the salad' I was pregnant with our daughter, Etta," said Daly. "It was my due date, so needless to say I was ready for her to come out."

"I did start experiencing mild contractions within a few hours of eating it, and Etta was born two days later," said Daly. However, she also notes that her doctor has stripped her membranes which is a way to induce labor, as well.

Caioti Pizza Cafe seems to be well aware of their powerful salad, and sell the dressing online so mothers all over the world can get access. They even keep track of the babies who are born thanks to this Maternity Salad.

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"It has been 28 years of this," says Carrie LAdOU, owner of the restaurant. "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."

LaDou is keeping the recipe of the dressing a secret, but did reveal what's in the salad itself: romaine lettuce, watercress, walnuts and pasteurized Gorgonzola cheese.

"It's very simple, and a lot of people are unfamiliar with watercress, which is somewhat bitter," said LaDou.

What about when people ask for substitutions?

"We're not saying it's the dressing — we don't know what it is," said LaDou. "So, I always tell them, 'If you're here to have a baby, you need to have the salad as it's meant to be.'"

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"There are now kids that are literally in their twenties who come in and eat and tell us that their mom ate the salad," LaDou continued. "This isn't something we set out to do — a lady came in 28 years ago who was past due and ate the salad, then felt contractions and went into labor. From there, the salad's popularity just kept increasing."

Do you think there's any truth to this salad? Or is it just all coincidence? Let us know!

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