A study published in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology found that women who ate dates daily during the final month of pregnancy were less likely to need induction of labour, as opposed to non-date eaters.
When arriving at hospital, these women had also progressed further (were more dilated) and laboured in seven hours or less!
Melinda Johnson of Academy of Nutrition & Diatetics says that it would seem dates have a compound that mimics the hormone oxytocin (which causes contractions).
This menu and information on dates I found (thanks to Lorraine Scapens) is ideal in pregnancy from 34 weeks. It is also packed with protein that nourishes you and baby as well as potentially help you prepare for birth.
8 – 10 moist dates (remove stones)
2 x handfuls of almonds
1/2 can of coconut milk or 1/2 can of almond milk
1 x banana
This gives 2 x adult servings
Simply put all the ingredients together in a blender for 60 seconds and you’re good to go!
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