Considered in Ayurveda to be an essential superfood, the fruit of the date palm tree carries substantial benefit for women in the final weeks of pregnancy.
Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin K, B Vitamins such as (B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6) and also folate, not only are dates a great (and delicious) source of nutrition but studies show that eating dates every day in the last month of pregnancy can substantially affect your labor & birth outcome.
There are as many as 20 different types of dates that range from dry and nutty to sticky sweet and chewy. Medjool dates are the sweetest and perfect as a stand alone snack. Deglet Noors are the most common date found in America and make up for 95% of the dates sold in the US.
Eating six dates every day during the last six weeks of labor:
Reduce the need for induction by 17% on average
Reduce the use of Pitocin by 19% on average
Increase Bishops score & cervical favorability
Increase cervical dilation at admission by nearly 2 centimeters
Increase rates of spontaneous vaginal birth
Reduce the length of labor by an average of 6.5 HOURS
DELICIOUS WAYS TO ENJOY DATES:
Incorporating dates into your daily diet can be easy. Add chopped dates for a sweet kick to a salad. Throw a few in your smoothie as a sweetener. Luckily, dates are delicious on their own as a sweet snack. Here are a few of our favorite date recipes:
Everything is better wrapped in bacon, dates are no exception. These are stuffed with almonds instead of soft cheese! Check this recipe out.
If you love smoothies and sweet treats, this smoothie is for you! Peanut butter packs a protein punch & the bananas are high in potassium, vitamin c, & fiber. A few dates will add sweetness and make honey unnecessary! This may need to be breakfast tomorrow! YUM!
There are so many different versions of the class date-ball. I couldn't choose a favorite. However, I am partial to the kinds rolled in toasted coconut. Yummy has compiled a list of their ten best date ball recipes. I can't wait to try them all!
Al-Kuran, O., et al. (2011). “The effect of late pregnancy consumption of date fruit on labour and delivery.” J Obstet Gynaecol 31(1): 29-31.
Kordi M, Meybodi FA, Tara F, Shakeri MT. (2014). “The effect of late pregnancy consumption of date fruit on cervical ripening in nulliparous women.” Journal of Midwifery and Reproductive Health 2:150–156.
Razali, N., et al. (2017). “Date fruit consumption at term: Effect on length of gestation, labour and delivery.” J Obstet Gynaecol: 1-6.
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