In our bog we detail the many benefits of fruit dates. And we continue to explore other benefits and how dates can have a positive healthy impact on your life. Did you also know that dates can also aid in a healthier pregnancy?
A studied conducted in 2007 and 2008 by Jordan Universities Science and Technologies department brings to light some interesting data that shows dates can have a positive effect in promoting a healthier natural pregnancy.
They conducted a study which followed 114 pregnant women for 52 weeks. From February 1, 2007 to January 31, 2008. Of these 114 women; 69 of them ate fruit dates four weeks prior to their expected delivery date. And the other 45 women did not consume any dates. In trying to keep the study as comparative and relative as possible, there was no significance between the 114 women in regards to age.
The study highlighted some very interesting and favorable results:
- The need to induce labor through the use of oxytocin or prostin - labor inducing drugs, was significantly lower than those women who did not consume dates. 28% of those who consumed vs 47% that did not. A delta of 19% between the groups.
- The average dilation in those who consumed was 3.52cm when admitted vs. 2.02cm in those who didn't.
- 96% of the women who consumed went into spontaneous labor and did not need to be induced. While only 79% of the women who did not consume went into spontaneous labor.
- Women who consumed dates proportionally had a higher percentage of intact membrane (83% vs 60%).
So what does this all mean and how do dates help with pregnancy? Well the studied showed that on average the those women who consumed the dates 4 weeks prior to their expected delivery date had a shorter latent stage of pregnancy by over 6 hours or 396 minutes to be exact. And that date consumption prior to your delivery date had a significant impact on the need for inducing labor or augmenting of the labor process. Simply put, dates helped with having a more natural pregnancy.
It is important to note however that the authors of the studied recommended a more randomized control to further explore these findings.
If you are currently researching and thinking of trying this method, I can't see any reason not to try. Dates offer many health benefits beyond the above study. They are great source of essential nutrients such as potassium, iron and magnesium. And don't forget about the high fiber content that aids in constipation.
If you have tried dates during your pregnancy and have some anecdotal evidence that dates do indeed help reduce the labor time frame we would love to hear from you. Please use the comment section below.
Here you will find the research study.