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Dates in Pregnancy

No, not the romantic kind (Although those are also important in late pregnancy for ‘you’ time!), we’re talking the sweet dried fruit of the date palm.

A recent research study found that women who ate 4-6 dates daily in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy, are more likely to:

  • Have a more ‘favorable’ cervix when labor starts
  • Have intact membranes for longer during labor
  • Go into labor spontaneously
  • Have a shorter first phase of labor

The date fruit has an oxytocin-like effect on the body, leading to increased sensitivity of the uterus. It also helps stimulate uterine contractions, and may reduce postpartum hemorrhage the way oxytocin does. All that in a little fruit! Snazzy!

Yummy ways to eat dates

  • Chopped up as a topping on cereal, salad, yogurt or icecream
  • Stuffed with soft cheese (like blue, chevre or feta) and broiled- these can be wrapped with bacon, too
  • By themselves as a substitute for candy
  • Blended into a smoothie or milkshake
  • In baked good like breads, pies and cake