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Labor Inducing Lemon Zest Muffins

Pregnancy is a wonderful experience that I will always cherish. But I think most moms would agree that there comes a time in your pregnancy where you’re just OVER IT. I have reached that point. I’m currently 3 days away from the 38 week mark and I am so eager to meet our second sweet girl. So, how am I trying to make that happen? Labor Inducing Lemon Zest Muffins.

When I was 37 weeks pregnant with my first, I had an ECV to turn her from breech position. It was successful, but the doctors warned me that there was a possibility she might turn back. I was determined NOT to let that happen, so I started doing everything I could to get her out. Walking, sex, bouncing on a yoga ball while I watched Kardashian reruns…..I did it all. Then, I stumbled upon this recipe from The Culinary Couple. I thought to myself “really? cupcakes that will induce labor?” It felt too good to be true, but I decided it was worth a shot. I whipped them up on a Thursday night and began to eat away. By Saturday night, I was having regular contractions and on Monday, our daughter was born.


Now, I can’t say 100% that these cupcakes were responsible for sending me into labor, but they were delicious nonetheless!


Now that I’m nearly 38 weeks pregnant with our second baby, I figured it would be a good time to make the “magical” cupcakes again. My recipe is exactly the same as this one, except for the fact that I didn’t make the frosting. So, I guess mine would be considered muffins rather than cupcakes. If you’d like to make the cupcake version, head on over to The Culinary Couple’s site!


All credit for this recipe goes to Nick & Emily at The Culinary Couple!


Labor Inducing Lemon Zest Muffins

Yield: Makes Approx. 36 Muffins


  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sour cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add lemon peel and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick).
  4. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
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There you have it! Magical “labor inducing” muffins (or cupcakes)! Again, it’s not guaranteed that these will send you into labor. As they always say “baby will come when it’s ready.” But I mean, why not eat something yummy while you’re waiting?! I hope you enjoy the recipe and please let me know in the comments if they worked for you! Now, if you need me, I’ll be devouring these muffins and praying they work for me again!



Looking for a way to jump start labor? I ate these muffins and had my baby FOUR days later! They may not be 100% guaranteed to work, but they're worth a shot. Plus, they're delicious!
  1. Kloe

    September 10, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Definitely sharing, make sure to keep posted if it works for others too!!!

    1. Ashley - Mama State of Mind

      September 10, 2017 at 10:01 pm


  2. Megan

    September 10, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Pinned this. Towards the end pregnancy, it can be so hard. If a muffin can help get things going why not try it.

    1. Ashley - Mama State of Mind

      September 10, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      yes! they’re so yummy too, so it’s worth making them even if they don’t work!

  3. Becca

    September 10, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    I’ve never heard of lemon muffins inducing labor! I tried everything I could think of when I was pregnant with my son. Very cool!!

    1. Ashley - Mama State of Mind

      September 11, 2017 at 12:07 am

      they worked with my first! I ate them and she was born 4 days later! but so far I’m having no luck with using them to induce labor with my second baby! haha

  4. Yana

    September 11, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Oh my! These looks delicious. I absolutely love anything with lemon in it! Cannot wait to try!

    1. Ashley - Mama State of Mind

      September 11, 2017 at 2:57 am

      they really are so yummy!

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