Do dates really help with labour?!
What's all the buzz about dates and labour?!
Word on the street is that eating dates can get labour started. So.... is it true?! The short answer is that they sure don't hurt! There have been a number of studies done on the effects of eating dates and they have shown that eating dates in late pregnancy can help with cervical ripening (aka. helping your cervix getting soft), reducing postpartum bleeding, and - yes - with less chance of needing labour boosting drugs like pitocin during you birth experience.
What else are dates good for?
Dates are delicious and nutritious
Dates are high in fiber, potassium, and magnesium making them a super choice for pregnancy and the postpartum period. BONUS? These little mouthfuls of heaven are sweet and smooth. Yum! You can eat them whole (remember to watch out for pits), chop them up and add them to muffins or cookies, or best of all you can soak them in warm water and blend them into a paste to use in lieu of sugars or oils in a ton of recipes!
Who wants to eat some dates?
This simple little "power bar" recipe is just the ticked if you are looking to find a way to fit some dates into your day. We recommend making a BIG batch of these a few weeks before your estimated due date. Keep some out for snacks and freeze the rest for those first few days and weeks after baby comes. Whether they kick start your labour or not, they are delicious and filling.
Date-licious Power Bar Recipe
1.5 cups of dates (pitted)*
1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup flax meal
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup oat flour
2 generous Tbsp of nut butter (or seed butter)
spices to taste (cinnamon, nutmeg, chili, cocoa powder, or ginger all make great additions!)
How to whip'em up
Put the dates and warm water in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Scrape down the sides and add the date paste to a large bowl. Add in the vanilla, coconut, flax meal, chia seeds, oat flour, nut butter and spices and stir until well combined. Drop the mixture into a glass baking pan (8 x 8 ) lightly greased with coconut oil and press flat with the back of a spoon or your fingers. Set the tray in the fridge overnight to allow the bars to set. In the morning, cut into squares (rectangles, triangles, or whatever shape tickles your fancy), cover and either return to the fridge or freeze for later. Oh… one last thing. Enjoy!