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10 Recipes + Ways to Eat Date Fruit for a Shorter & Easier Birth!

Updated: Apr 28, 2022


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Ways to eat dates for a faster & easier birth!


All of these recipes include dates, check for content because some have 1 date per meal/food item but some have all the dates or more than one serving. You need to eat about 6 per day from 37 weeks and forward until birth.


Date fruit have been dubbed the superfruit of birth, and therefore we like to start there. Eating dates increases your chance of spontaneous labor, shorter labors and almost 30% reduction in the use of pitocin (artificial oxytocin). Higher cervical dilation upon hospital or birth center arrival, by almost 2cm, lower rates of artificial induction.


Dates are high in sugar, so if you suffer from yeast overgrowth, BV (bacterial vaginosis), or blood sugar/glucose issues, then you should skip the dates and ask your midwife or trusted provider for alternative recommendations.


Try these trusted sourced recipes:


Date smoothie - all 6 dates you need for the day in one drink! https://www.oh-solovelylife.com/blog/2017/6/29/labor-soothing-date-smoothie

No Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Donut Holes

https://minimalistbaker.com/no-bake-lemon-poppy-seed-donut-holes/


No bake brownies - with frosting!

https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/the-ultimate-unbaked-brownies-raw-vegan


Energy Balls - great to take some to labor too!

https://www.littlebroken.com/superfood-energy-balls/


Trail mix balls - if you want something with a little crunch

https://cozypeachkitchen.com/trail-mix-date-energy-balls/


No bake Peanut butter cookies

http://theblissfulbalance.com/4-ingredient-peanut-butter-date-cookies/


Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/crispy-bacon-wrapped-stuffed-dates - longer

https://pinchofyum.com/bacon-wrapped-dates-with-goat-cheese - easier


*Be sure to use pasteurized dairy products to avoid the risk of listeria which is found in some unpasteurized soft cheeses and dairy products, known to be problematic for pregnant people.

Vegan payday bites - taste like a candy bar!

https://minimalistbaker.com/2-ingredient-vegan-payday-bites/


Trader Joe’s Date Milk Shake - easy & 3 ingredients

https://www.traderjoes.com/home/recipes/date-shake


Bon Appetit’s Palm Springs Date Shake - more ingredients but worth the taste!

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/palm-springs-date-shake



Benefits of Dates: https://www.verywellfit.com/dates-nutrition-facts-calories-and-their-health-benefits-4110158

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