Eating just 6 dates per day in the last month of pregnancy may provide a more favorable birthing experience.
According to a 2011 study by Jordan University of Science and Technology, women who consumed six date fruits per day for 4 weeks prior to their estimated due date had a significantly higher average cervical dilatation upon admission, a significantly higher portion of intact membranes, and significantly reduced need for induction and augmentation of labor. Appearing to provide a more favorable delivery outcome. (1)
Looking for more reasons to eat your dates?
Dates are among the richest of all fruits in minerals. Providing a good source of potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. They are also a wonderful source of soluble fiber, which may be of help in late pregnancy constipation (remember to drink plenty of water too).
Caution is indicated for those with diabetes/gestational diabetes as dates are extraordinary rich in sugar.
Another interesting fact about dates is they have also been traditionally used to relieve excessive dry cough and to fight bronchial congestion. (2)
Per 60g (about 6 dates)
Protein: 1.18 g
Carbohydrate: 39.6 g
Fiber: 4.5 g
(1) Al-Kuran O, Al-Mehaisen L, Bawadi H, Beitawi S, Amarin Z. The effect of late pregnancy consumption of date fruit on labour and delivery. J Obstet Gynaecol. 2011. 31(1): 29-31.
(2) Pamplona-Roger, G.D. Foods and Their Healing Power. Vol 2, p. 148. Madrid, Spain: Editorial Safeliz, S.L. June 2004.