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  • Writer's pictureChardá Bell, IBCLC, CBE, CD

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

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

Hi, I’m Charda, a mom, doula and lactation consultant in San Diego, California and I love teaching families how to have a more healthy and positive pregnancy, birth, parenting & breastfeeding experience! My focus is on empowering Black moms, babies and families to be resilient, informed and protected on their life journey!

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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!

No Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Donut Holes

No bake brownies - with frosting!

Energy Balls - great to take some to labor too!

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

No bake Peanut butter cookies

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

*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!

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

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


All content and information in this video is for informational and educational purposes only, does not constitute medical, psychological or health advice of any kind and I do not warrant that the information presented herein is free of any errors or omissions. I am not providing medical, health care, nutrition therapy or coaching services to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any kind of physical ailment, mental or medical condition.

Although I strive to provide accurate general information, the information presented here is not a substitute for any kind of professional advice, and you should not rely solely on this information. Always consult a professional in the medical and health area for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any medical or health related decisions. For your health related questions, please seek the advice of a licensed physician or any other qualified health care provider immediately.

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