Dates are are known to be a super food when it comes to preparing for physiological birth. Aside from giving you energy, the benefits found from studies also include:
Higher rates of spontaneous labour (vs. being induced)
Higher cervical dilation when arriving at hospital/being supported at home birth
Shorter initial phase of labour (mean of 510 minutes vs. 906 minutes)
Source: The effect of late pregnancy consumption of date fruit on labour and delivery
How many do you need to eat?
It is commonly recommended to eat around 6-8 per day from 36 weeks in the pregnancy. That’s quite a lot! So why not get creative with them?
A big thank you to Sophie at Sophie’s Healthy Kitchen for sharing this super simple, delicious and nutritious recipe with us! You can find Sophie and her incredible pregnancy recipes on Instagram here.