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Date Fruit and Pregnant Women

Date fruit has multiple health benefits and various uses for us and our bodies. It contains no less than 15 different minerals, including vitamin A, B, C and E, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, magnesium, zinc, amino acids, carbohydrates, protein, fibre and various fatty acids. They are small in size, but jam packed with nutritional goodness, making them useful at every stage of our lives – even during pregnancy.

 

During pregnancy, it is natural to question what you eat and whether it is good for you and the baby. Women are often told to avoid certain foods, and are recommended to eat others which may be beneficial for their health in a time where it is more important than ever to nurture their bodies.

 

Should I eat date fruit during pregnancy?

The best answer to this question is to say that there is no general consensus, and that different people and health professionals have different ideas on the matter. Searching the internet for answers to this question is likely to bring up many different responses.

 

The benefits of eating date fruit while pregnant:

Pregnant women can consume date fruit during the course of their pregnancy. Like anything, however, this should be done in moderation. As a general guideline, pregnant woman should eat only one or two dates a day within the first 8 months of their pregnancy. In their final month of pregnancy, month 9, this can be increased to 3-6 dates per day.

 

Eating date fruit regularly during your pregnancy can have the following effects:

  • Eating dates can actually help to promote natural child birth. Studies have shown that women who ate dates in the recommended amount during their pregnancy, particularly in month 9, were less to need medication to induce or progress labour than those who did not.
  • It has also been found that women who ate dates during their pregnancy recorded, on average, a higher level of cervical dilation upon admission to hospital than those who did not.
  • Whilst 47% of women who did not eat dates required Pitocin (synthetic Oxytocin) during labour, for those who did eat dates, this figure was a much lesser 28%.

 

Why does eating dates have this effect?

  • Dates provide pregnant women with the essential minerals and fibres they need
  • Containing calcium and iron, dates can help with embryo development, strengthening bones and maintaining healthy blood levels
  • Some even consider that eating dates helps the spiritual development and mood of the developing embryo

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