Dates – Study on Reduced Labour Time & Need for Induction
I love dates. You have probably noticed that they feature in many of the snack recipes and it’s for good reason. Dates are loaded with essential minerals such as potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium and phosphorus. They contain many of the B vitamins such as folate, niacin, thiamin and riboflavin, as well as Vitamins A and K. And they are packed with energy, fiber and natural sugar which is what makes them the perfect sweet treat.
I always have them on hand in the fridge, you can just grab a couple, add a bit of sunflower seed or nut butter and you have an energy packed snack. This is perfect for breastfeeding or busy moms, and even kids! I also always try to have some form of an energy bite recipe on hand in the freezer. Again, these were a lifesaver when breastfeeding and I didn’t have time to make a proper meal. And now for my daughter, they are great as a quick and healthy snack.
Now there is even more reason to have them on hand during pregnancy! According to a study published in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, the consumption of dates later in pregnancy is associated with a reduced first stage of labour, reduced need for induction or augmentation and more favourable delivery outcomes. Just 6 dates a day for the last 4 weeks of pregnancy was found to have this effect!