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SPICE IT UP TO BRING ON BABY.

A DIET of curry and sex has been given a major boost by being named as the best way to get expectant mums into the delivery room.

They topped a list of both traditional and bizarre ways to induce labour in a new poll.

The favourite ways to bring on baby were welcomed by Britain's men, who generally cannot get enough of a bit of passion in the bedroom and a spicy madras.

New research found that more than six in 10 British mums claim to try rumoured methods to induce labour, with curry and sex among the favourites.

Indeed, the survey found that 35 per cent of women feel horniest during later stages of pregnancy, making a mockery of claims that sex is the last thing on the minds of pregnant women.

The new research by baby food brand HiPP Organic found that 14 per cent of women rely on sex to hurry their labour along.

One in five favour a chicken tikka masala, with others trying foods such as fresh pineapple, chilli con carne and chocolate.

Others swear by herbal tea, castor oil and evening primrose oil.

The research among 11,000 mums uncovered the trials and tribulations of modern-day motherhood. It found most of those surveyed looked to celebrity mums for inspiration, with Holly Willoughby, Angelina Jolie, Davina McCall and Jules Oliver the favourite role models.

Their ability to balance motherhood, work and wifely duties, while still looking gorgeous, seem to appeal to most.

However, new mums are shunning fast food outlets such as McDonald's and KFC. They claim to be so food conscious when it comes to what is best for their child that 50 per cent have vowed never to feed them burgers, chips and other junk food.

Less than a third admit to taking their young child to fast food outlets as an "occasional treat". The ndings also proved that kids who never or rarely eat fast food are less likely to be fussy eaters.

The survey found that just 13 per cent consulted a health professional such as a midwife or health visitor for information and advice on their pregnancy, reinforcing the belief that women have a natural instinct when it comes to children.

Nearly nine out of 10 rely on word-of-mouth and advice from books and reputable websites.

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Date:Sep 6, 2010
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