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When it comes to childbirth, we all want to have an easy, short, and healthy labor and delivery. Luckily, there are a number of things we can do to help us achieve that, such as: • Taking an out-of-hospital • Working with a • Knowing the • Taking the • Looking into a • Doing to get baby in optimal position • And now you can add one more thing to your list: Eating dates during pregnancy.
Yes, dates. On this page… • • • • • • • • • • Three separate studies suggest that eating dates during pregnancy can help you have an easier labor and birth All three studies found fairly consistent results.
Let’s break them down. Study #1, published in 2011: According to this study, women who ate 6 dates a day for the four weeks leading up to their due date were: • 74% more dilated than non-date eaters at admission to birthplace • 38% more likely to have intact membranes • 21% more likely to spontaneously go into labor • 28% less likely to use prostin/ to induce labor Additionally, the date eaters had: • 77% shorter first Study #2, published in 2014: Published in the Journal of Midwifery & Reproductive Health, this study looked at date consumption in late pregnancy as it related to cervical ripening, and it found that women who ate 70-75 grams of dates per day after had: • 50% higher at admission to birthplace • 43% lower rates of • 51% lower rates of vacuum/forceps Plus, the date eaters were • 55% less likely to use oxytocin to induce labor • 68% more likely to have a successful vaginal delivery after “Nulliparous” in the study title means women who have never given birth before.
Study #3, published in 2017: . Published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, this study supported all the initial findings. The authors concluded that: Dates fruit consumption during late pregnancy has been shown to positively affect the outcome of labour and delivery without adverse effect on the mother and child.” Side note: study suggests that eating dates after delivery results in less blood loss than intramuscular oxytocin.
Why would eating dates during pregnancy help? that date fruit has an oxytocin-like effect on the body, leading to increased sensitivity of the uterus.
Dates may also help stimulate uterine contractions and reduce postpartum hemorrhage the way oxytocin does. They also found that dates contain many nutritional benefits for pregnant mamas. “Date fruit contains saturated and unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic, linoleic, and linolenic acids, which are involved in saving and supplying energy and construction of prostaglandins. In addition, serotonin, tannin, and calcium in date fruit contribute to the contraction of smooth muscles of the uterus.
Date fruit also has a laxative effect, which stimulates uterine contractions.” Dates also contain: • Natural sugars (fructose) that easily break down in the body and won’t spike blood sugar levels but will offer high energy, which makes dates during pregnancy or labor an excellent choice. • Fiber – Helps you stay full, relieves constipation, and lowers your risk for and preeclampsia.
• Potassium – One of the best electrolytes. It helps maintain water/salt balance which helps regulate blood pressure. • Magnesium – Support muscular health and helps to alleviate muscle spasms and cramps in pregnancy. • Folate – Getting enough folate will ensure that your baby’s spinal cord matures properly, avoiding neural tube defects.
• Vitamin K – maintains proper blood clotting and healthy bones. When should you start eating dates during pregnancy? In the studies referenced above, pregnant women began eating dates three or four weeks before their . In other words, at or they began eating 70-75g of dried dates per day. Of course, you can begin eating dates earlier in your pregnancy if you like. Keep in mind that dates are high in sugar, so if you have blood sugar issues or if you’re worried about group b strep, go easy on them early in pregnancy.
But, by all means, start eating 6 dates a day from 36 weeks on! How many dates during pregnancy should I eat each day? Six dates per day is the magic number – provided that you’re eating smaller deglet noor dates.
• Deglet noor dates are about 1 inch long. • Medjool dates can be up to 2 inches long. If you’re eating medjool dates, you only need about 3 dates to reach the 75 grams recommended in the studies.
Not sure which type of date you have in your refrigerator? It’s probably a deglet noor. They account for of the dates grown in the USA. What kind of dates are best— Deglet Noor or Medjool? The 2007 study mentioned above specifies deglet noor dates, but I’m guessing that the deget noor variety was used in all the studies.
In the 2014 study, participants were given 70-75 grams (2.5-2.6 oz) of dates per day in three divided doses, which is equal to approximately 6 deglet noor dates. By comparison, 6 medjool dates weigh around 135 grams, or twice as much as deglet noor dates. Nutritionally, medjool dates and normal deglet noor dates are nearly identical. So which should you consume? I think either would be fine, but if you’re eating the larger medjool dates, you only to need to eat around three per day.
Where can I buy good organic dried dates? You can’t go wrong with any of the . ? How to eat dates during pregnancy Dates are a healthy and delicious snack, so how can you add them to your diet? Actually, it’s pretty easy since they are sweet like candy.
• Add dates during pregnancy in this awesome . • Add dates to replace sugar in your favorite recipe or to . • Use dates and nuts to make an easy pie crust in the food processor. • Add soaked dates to homemade nut butter for a sweet treat. • Add dates to sweeten homemade salad dressing. • Add dates during pregnancy easily with these yummy (paleo friendly) . Don’t like the taste of dates? Try eating your daily dates with peanut butter (or any nut butter) and a little sea salt.
A mama in our birth class tried this, and she went from barely choking her dates down to considering them a delicious snack! And it didn’t require busting out a food processor or any other hard work. Double win! Need more ideas for an easy labor?
Try these… • Exercise – Regular exercise before and during pregnancy can help shorten labor, ease discomfort and avoid exhaustion during labor. Try these . • Get baby into an optimal position – Often baby’s position is the reason women go past their due date, have difficult labors or require induction. Though there’s no such thing as easy childbirth, getting begins give you the best chance for a shorter and easier labor. • Choose the right childbirth class and pain management technique – The should inform and empower you to make the best decisions for you and your baby and helps you to gain confidence in your body’s ability to give birth.
IT should also help you learn some natural pain coping techniques (way better than !). • Excellent nutrition – Being properly nourished with real food can go a long way to keeping your strength up and increase stamina during labor. What other moms have to say about dates during pregnancy: I asked the moms on my Facebook page if they ate dates during pregnancy, and if they think the dates helped. Here are some of their responses.
• I faithfully ate the recommended amount of dates each day from 35 weeks on and my nurse and Doctor both commented on how soft my cervix was! I had a great labor and delivery and dates definitely played a role in that. – Ginnette L. • Dates are awesome to eat while pregnant! All 3 times I ate dates in the last month or so of pregnancy. My labors were all very quick (each 4 hrs from the first contraction to delivery). -Barbara A. • I always joke that the only reason my labors were quick and easy was because of my date obsession.
My longest labor was 9 hrs, but I was induced. My shortest was 3 hours and I only has to push 4 times. With my nine hour labor I didn’t have to push once…he just came out on his own. -Rochelle H. • Ate 6 a day from week 35 on.
Labor was 1.5 hours and no tearing. Water broke right before baby’s head came out. – Nicole M. • I ate at least 6 a day, sometimes more the last 5 weeks of pregnancy. It definitely helped with dilating and thinning. After 5 hours of labor I was dilated 6-7 and 100% effaced.
In another half hour I was complete! I give the dates a lot of credit for that. My doctor commented on how soft my cervix was whenever he checked me those last few weeks. – Michelle T. • I ate them almost everyday, and my doctor said I effaced a lot faster than other first time moms. When I went into labor I was already 80%! – Trisha P. How about you? Did you eat dates during pregnancy? Do you think it made your labor easier? References • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21280989 • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28286995 • http://jmrh.mums.ac.ir/article_2772_0.html • https://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/577747 • http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/medjool-dates-farming-expand-fourfold-amid-rising-demand • http://articles.latimes.com/1995-10-05/food/fo-53386_1_deglet-noor – (“The vast majority of California’s date harvest–90% to 95%–is the Deglet Noor”) • .
Shiraz E-Medical Journal April 2007. Khadem N, Sharaphy A, Latifnejad R, Hammod N, Ibrahimzadeh S. I ate about 5-6 dates every day in my last trimester with my second and third child. I wasn’t consistent the first time and my labor was 3 hours.
I ate dates every single day with my third labor and it lasted 1.5 hours. Everyone I recommend dates to during pregnancy has had short labors, under 3 hours. Dates are a miracle snack during pregnancy! Hi did this I started eating dates at 37 weeks I ate 6 dates a day or them into smoothies. I bought the brand food to live, great soft dates.
Anyways, I went into spontaneous labor, I had easy early labor for 10 hrs lil pain and then my active labor lasted about an hour and a half and 4 pushes later he was out I would definitely give this a shot I think it made all the difference for me.
Dear Team Mama Natural, Please update your article. You should caution women who have medium to large babies, without the presence of diabetes, not to use the dates! Based on reading this article, I did eat 3-4 dates a day for the last few weeks of pregnancy. I had a 12 lb baby. That’s a good pound and a half to 2 pounds over the weight of my other babies.
I didn’t do anything else significantly different than with my previous pregnancies. I did not test positive for gestational diabetes. I did not make the connection to the dates until my friend had an 11 pound baby. She also ate 3-4 dates a day for the last few weeks.
Her babies are more on average 8-9 pounds usually. Neither of us tore, but we also didn’t have easy labor and deliveries. They were actually pretty intense. It did go fast for me, but it wasn’t painless. The baby also had shoulder dystocia and high bilirubin, partially due to bruising from coming down the birth canal so quickly and needing assistance to be born.
I would highly caution women from using dates, unless they have low birth weight babies to begin with. I will not be eating dates in the last weeks if I become pregnant again.
It is not worth it! After having the goal of having the baby to be born naturally at home, we ended up with a 5 day stay in the NICU because of jaundice… and multiple blood tests and screenings and all the trauma that involved, to be told I had a perfectly healthy newborn baby, with high bilirubin who happened to be bigger than average. Thanks, but no thanks! Labored for 18hrs with first child. Ate dates with second pregnancy and only labored 2 hrs.
Was so surprised I barely made it to the hospital. Pushed twice and she was here. The midwives made the comment that they had never seen a birth go that much faster than the first because she was bigger than my first. Third child I was too scared to do anything to make labor faster as I didn’t want to have the kid in the car! So I didn’t eat dates and labored for 8 hrs.
8 hrs wasn’t bad but man did 2 hrs seem much better! This time around I am back to eating my dates! I will just be sure to jump in the car and get to the hospital ASAP instead of doing any laboring at home. Man dates def work! Give it a try ladies!! I just gave birth to my eighth child….
and wow…what a different labour and birth I had this time! I was taking a homeopathic easy birth spray ( which I had taken for my previous 3 pregnancies).
Also raspberry leaf tincture in the last few weeks. But the dates were a first for me and the main thing I did different. 6 dried dates a day for the last few weeks. From usually long labours to this time giving birth not quite one hour after arriving at the hospital.
The pain came on regular and quite intense about an hour before leaving home. I usually would give birth several hours after arriving in hospital but not so this time…..and 2nd stage was so quick. All over in a few minutes. Even though his head was bigger than usual due to coming so quickly not getting a chance to mold, I had no tearing.
He was a healthy alert little baby right from birth with an Apgar score of 10. In the last 3 months I also followed a predominantly no sugar, lower carb, THM eating plan.
This helped me to not keep packing on the weight and I felt so much better. Also studying Ju Ju Sundin’s book ‘Birth Skills’ helped me once more – empowering. If we have any more children I will definitely be eating the dates and taking the raspberry leaf tincture again – what is there to lose?! Also mostly doing the THM eating plan. I SWEAR by dates as one of the reasons I had a natural labor and delivery. I started eating my 6 dates at 32 or 34 weeks.
My dr. commented that my cervix was very soft at one of my last appointments before I gave birth. when the contractions started, I labored at home for 5-6 hrs. before heading to the hospital. I didn’t think my labor was that progressed but when they checked me after I arrived, I was already 7 cm. dialated! I labored for about 4 more hours and then pushed for about 2 (that was the only part I was not happy about, I wished my pushing time was shorter) but it was 13 hrs.
TOTAL (including pushing) with my first baby! I ate dates from about 34 weeks on for my second pregnancy. I didn’t do 6 a day since that is a lot of sugar but did 3-4 instead. My Labor was 2.5 hours from first contraction to delivery. Luckily we had a planned home birth but mid-wife didn’t quite make it in time. Had we done Hospital, I’m pretty sure he would have been born in the car.
“The pains of labour drove her to the trunk of a date-palm. She exclaimed: “Oh, if only I had died before this time and was something discarded and forgotten!” A voice called out to her from under her: “Do not grieve.
Your Lord has placed a small stream at your feet. Shake the trunk of the palm toward you, and fresh, ripe dates will drop down to you. Eat and drink, and delight your eyes. If you should see anyone at all, just say: ‘I have made a vow of abstinence to the All-Merciful, and [so] today I will not speak to any human being.’” – (Quran 19:23-26) I know that doesn’t help with the number of dates we’re supposed to eat, but it’s a quote from the Quran where God tells Mary to eat dates while she’s in labor.
I followed ur blog during my last pregnancy, ate 6 dates/day from 35weeks hopin to Have a natural birth bcos i had Csection for my first birth n d doctor had planned for a repeat csection if i didnt fall into labor spontaneously n shud i pass my due date bcos i had a post dated pregnancy in my first pregnancy, induced n ended up avin csection due to fetal distress.
But to my suprise, i fell into labor spontaneoslyy b4 my due date,d midwives n doctor commented my cervix was very soft, was even 2cm dilated b4 labor started, i got to d hospital 6cm dilated b4 i cud imagine i had my baby girl naturally without any intervention not even intravenous fluid.
Thanks so much for dz article. I ate dates from 38 weeks. I felt like I started eating them late so I doubled the amount. I ate about 6-7 in the morning and another 6-7 dates in the evening. My labour was 3 hours and pushing was 5 minutes. I definitely recommend eating dates for labour. My first labour was 36 hours and I was pushing for almost 3 hours. I think it definitely helped me the second time! My last baby came in such a hurry that I had to wonder if I had eaten too many dates!
It sure seemed like they were effective. Labor began with membranes rupturing at home after weeks of false labor. Went to hospital then. I was walking the hospital halls to encourage labor to continue and 10 minutes later the nurses were racing to my room to get there in time for the delivery.
Dilation was nearly pain-free… I think I would eat dates again but would plan on going to hospital at first sign of labor. During my second pregnancy I ate 6 dates a day, starting from week 36 and drank raspberry leaf tea.
Oh boy, the delivery was quick! When we came to the hospital I was 5-6cm dilated. 30 mins later 10 cm and was able to push! When my baby boy was out I said to the doctors I could do it again. Never had such thoughts the first time around (got induced and had an epidural). I really think those two products helped to prepare my body for a smooth delivery and recovery.
I still think about the birth as an amazing experience. And Genevieve, thank you for your book, it helped me also a lot to prepare (especially psychologicaly).
I’ve been following your blog for around four years. With my third child, I ate a Approximately eight dates daily for my entire third trimester, minus one week. I had a very drawn-out early labor of 12 hours. When things picked up, oh, did they pick up. I would try this again if I ever have another one, simply because I like dates and there’s nothing to lose. These papers were reviewed in a double-blind process for the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology before being approved for publication.
Do you think the reviewers of both articles were also biased in favour of dates? The journal is published out of Britain, and most of its editors are British and Australian. Do you think they’re biased too? By the way, do you also discredit all American research supporting the use of American-made drugs? I don’t like commenting but yours got doing just that now. These studies are just emerging of recents, however, it was mentioned over 1400 yrs back that when Mary the mother jesus (pbuh) went into labour she was sent dates by God to relieve her of the pain.
Also, people are commenting on the effectiveness of it, so, that’s enough support I suppose. Are there any grand multips who have used dates in their 5+ pregnancies?
I’ve read from midwives who work with grand multips and great grand multips (mostly the Amish) that the early phase of labor for GMs and GGMs is usually days long and then active labor can go really quick?
By that time… exhaustion sets in. Just wondering if moms prone to prodromal labor have noticed a difference by eating dates? I never have and my last 2 labors were long and difficult. Just started dates at 36 weeks, and hoping for a different experience. In reading the comments, most have had at the most 4 babies, so if there are any who have had 5-9 babies, please share.
Hi, i am on my 8th baby.. i am trying the date thing for the first time.. i usually have long early phase labors bt once in active labor i can go quick. im 36 +3 days and my babys usually come at 37 weeks for some reason ( all good sizes over 7 lbs and healthy no breathing complications ) i hope i started them early enough to see a difference.. i started at 35 weeks but i can keep you posted I’m 36 weeks today and still at work feeling great!
I have a box of rlt and would like to know when I should start the tea and dates. Last day of work is June 6th and I’m due June 14th. I want to make sure I can finish work so any recommendations on how many of each per day or week? I do not want to have this baby earlier than June 6th. I’m a teacher so it’s better this way plus I don’t have to go thru the horrible paperwork and wringer with my job if I have the baby after school is out.
Any suggestions? High amounts of magnesium have been shown to stop early labour so I would suggest having magnesium each day until June 6th then stop. As too the dates and raspberry leaf tea, you should be fine to start that now. Do you 6 dates a day but start at one cup of rlt first week, 2 cups second week and 3 cups from 6th onwards to labour ?
Goodluck I ate 6 dates a day from 36 weeks and had a pretty easy birth, although eating them didn’t stop me going over due unfortunately. My cervix however was “paper thin” and dilated steadily throughout my labour. From being in established labour my little boy was born about 7 hours later – i didn’t think that was too bad for my first! Will definitely do it again (even though I don’t really like the taste!).
I’m 33 weeks along with my 2nd pregnancy and totally going to try this! I’m glad I came across this post and comments! I was induced with my first at 41weeks and had an epidural, 8 hours start to finish and no tearing.
It was great and such a happy, fun time, but I hated having the IV and not being able to walk until 12 hours after giving birth meant I had that IV for a long time! So I’ve been considering natural birth this time around, and want to try anything that will help it go smoothly! I ate dates last 2 pregnancies and the results were unbelievable. I’ll talk about the last. I went to the hospital and was only 2 cms. After about6 hrs of relaxing, sneaking to eat dates and drink water as Mary mother of Christ was told im Qur’an, the doctor came and said I was 7 cms and asked if I couldn’t feel those strong contractions….
the head doctor then comes in and said either they induce my labor or I go home cause I didnt seem in labor although I was7 cmn open. That’s whenI felt obligated to let them break my water and the intense pain came and I Had him after an hr and half. Until this day I dislike that doctor for ripping me of seeing what was going to happen.
Anyway I am now 33 weeks pregnant n taking dates off and on… will take regulary God willing at 35 and hoping for great outcome as I am going to try homebirth I love seeing all these positive comments! i am currently 14 weeks pregnant and have already started 3 cups of raspberry leaf tea a day. i will start 6 dates a day at week 36 as well as 5 cups of RLT when i hit my third trimester.
i am hoping for a normal vaginal delivery. my first was an induction following a csection for posterior positioning. i am trying so hard this pregnancy to do as much as i can for optimal baby positioning as well as shortened labor times.
Melody, Just be careful with how early and how strong you start out with the dates and RLTea. I did both starting around 25 weeks and at 30 weeks I went into preterm labor! I dilated 4cm in about 3 hours and effaced to 75%.
I was hospitalized for 2 weeks with several interventions to stop the progression of labor. After discharge I remain 4cm dilated and 75% effaced.
Have been home on “bed rest”. I gave up the dates and tea for now, fearful to end up in early labor yet again. Luckily I am still pregnant now, only 9 days away from due date. Just a few days before due date I will start them both (dates & tea) again to make sure we don’t go past the due date because OB would want to induce, which I want to avoid.
But already being halfway there in terms of dilation and effacement I’m sure it will only take a day or two for me to start things back up again. I should say that the stress of work and possibly some dehydration played a role in the preterm labor scare but once it started it went so fast. I blame that on the dates and tea. Good for when you want that to happen at full term but not good for being 30 weeks at risk of giving birth to a preemie!
Also for optimal positioning consider seeking out a chiropractor who specializes in the Webster Technique. There seems to be a huge difference in calories and nutrients stats between deglet and medjool dates so which is it? 6 medjool dates is like 400 calories… Which seems pretty significant, but the other nutrition elements would be greater too, so I’m wondering what kind to buy?
I had a really rough long vbac with my 2nd, so I’ll try anything to improve the next one… Which is a couple months away! Hi mummies. Would I say it’s rather unfortunate I am getting this information at my 39th week. My first childbirth wasn’t funny at all. I had a slow progressed labour which i was finaly induced and ending up with a c section.
I just started eating the dates at this 39th week and still hope and pray I have a better experience with labour this time around. Mos, Maybe your doctor doesn’t want you to risk preterm labor. I did both dates and raspberry leaf tea starting around 25 weeks and at 30 weeks I went into preterm labor! I dilated 4cm in about 3 hours and effaced to 75%. I was hospitalized for 2 weeks with several interventions to stop the progression of labor.
After discharge I remain 4cm dilated and 75% effaced. Have been home on “bed rest”. I gave up the dates and tea for now, fearful to end up in early labor yet again. Luckily I am still pregnant now, only 9 days away from due date. Just a few days before due date I will start them both (dates & tea) again to make sure we don’t go past the due date because OB would want to induce, which I want to avoid. But already being halfway there in terms of dilation and effacement I’m sure it will only take a day or two for me to start things back up again.
I should say that the stress of work and possibly some dehydration played a role in the preterm labor scare but once it started it went so fast. I blame that on the dates and tea. Good for when you want that to happen at full term but not good for being 30 weeks at risk of giving birth to a preemie! Yeah as farhiya mentioned… It is written in our religion that Mary, mother of Jesus was provided with a date tree as food when she was expecting therfore it is one of the best source of pregnancy foods.
Although some mistaken it as a naturally hot food and say it’s bad in early pregnancy but that is not true, it is fine throughout the whole of pregnancy.
Yes! I have been eating dates every day since about 34 weeks pregnant! Although I cannot say whether they will ease my labor and delivery (as I haven’t experienced it yet!) I really hope they do!
This is my first baby so I have no idea what to expect but if I can potentially ease labor by doing something as easy as eating 6 dates a day ill do it! Plus they help with pregnancy constipation 😉 I really enjoyed this post! Just gave birth to my 3rd child 2 days ago and although i hate dates, i am now recommending it to everyone. 2 hour labours, pushed once, no time for epudural thats how quick things went.
I went in for a regular check up ( 1 week prior to due date) and was also told how soft my cervix was. Never heard that comment with the others. At 3 pm i was 2cm, 3:30 first contractions, 5 pm delivering. I ate 4 dates a day from week 36 and am truly thankful.
It is YOUR body and YOUR baby. Induction is a medical procedure which you can rightfully refuse!!! Your doctor works for YOU!
Ever heard of the cascade of interventions or the bishop score? Look these up! Keep educating yourself mama. My first labor started at 40 weeks 5 days. My second was 41 weeks and SIX days! 🙂 each baby hairs their own timing. Trust your body. You can do this! I’m actually bringing someone with me and asking for a patient advocate to avoid as many interventions as possible/safe.
🙂 They won’t induce me until 10 days past the 40-week mark, and from what I’ve read, that seems reasonable. I’m just so confused because I have some signs of progressing labor, like back pain and more bathroom trips and losing the entire mucous plug, but it doesn’t feel like the baby is going anywhere.
If anything, it feels like he’s actually moved back a little bit from where he was earlier, and today was my due date. 🙁 • YES. I believe this 100%. I ate dates faithfully every day from 36 weeks on.
My second delivery was 2 hours, 4 minutes from start to finish. I pushed two times, no tearing and there she was! I blended them in smoothies with almond milk, almond or peanut butter, a banana, chia seeds, and 8 dates and it was a delicious treat every day. I’m a FTM, and currently breastfeeding my one week old. 🙂 I ate the recommended amount of dates the last month of my pregnancy and I think it definitely made the labor easier than it could have been.
My baby was born in the posterior position, so pushing took about an hour, but the nurse and Doctor kept commenting on how soft my cervix was!
So glad I followed this tip. I did this with my fourth, MUCH different experience than my first 3! I went into active labor at around 6:30, baby was out at 7:45! My recovery was insane as well, I felt so good, walking around right away with zero pain, and I only had minimal bleeding for 3-4 weeks!
And I mean VERY minimal! I also drank red raspberry leaf tea like it was going outta style for the last 6 weeks of pregnancy, I definitely think the combo of the 2 made it how it was! Yes! Although all my births have been at home (and #2 and #3 were very quick – 1.5 hrs from first strong contraction to delivery), I was dreading the contractions after birth since they tend to just get more and more intense with each baby.
I have always consumed pregnancy/RRL tea in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters and taken arnica tabs immediately after baby, so I knew that wasn’t what helped, but I had virtually ZERO afterbirth contractions/pain after #4. The only thing different was eating 6 dates the last month or so (that birth was Oct 2014).
Now expecting our 5th this summer and you better believe I’ll be eating dates (along with everything else I normally do! Can’t wait to see the outcome 🙂 I have started making date balls….I combined a few recipes I found online. I take 12 pitted dates, half cup peanuts, 1/4 cup raisins (could use more and I like the flavor of them but it adds more sugar and dates already have so much), and also add some chia seeds and fresh ground flax seed, and mix them in my heavy duty blender (I read you need a good one or it could burn up the motor).
Then I measure them out into 12 balls, and then eat 4 a day plus an RXbar (which has 2 dates each). Or, I have also added dates to my Raisin Bran. The Mother of Christ was a virgin before and after the birth of Christ! He was God, He simply passed through her womb and out of her abdomen. Isam is a heresy out of the mouth of hell.
Mohammed himself stated his revelations were given to him by Satan. Dates or no dates, The Mother of God was a perpetual virgin. God promised David that his lineage would be Savior of the world. Joseph (stepfather of Yeshua aka Jesus) was the downline of David. Yeshua had to be Jewish in order to fulfill prophecy, and Joseph was Jewish as well as Mary. He had to grow up in a Jewish household in order to be accepted by the Jewish leaders.
Mary was a virgin when she became pregnant with Yeshua. This was to also fulfill prophecy that the mother of the Savior would be a virgin. There are multiple texts in the Old Testament about how the Savior would come.
He had to come from a Jewish background (David), and He had to come through a virgin. Yeshua is God, and He has always been God and will always be God. “In the beginning was the Word (Yeshua) and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. in Him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1 We have to remember that Islam and Christianity were both prophesied to be at ends with each other. Ishmael and Jacob are both the sons of Abraham, and by God’s promise, were both meant to lead great nations. Ishmael is the father of lies-Islam while Jacob was a fulfilled promise by God. Jacob’s line, as we know, became Jews and then Christians.
I ate dates from 36 weeks onwards and my contractions were not very painful. I didn’t even know when I reached active labour as everything sped up overnight and I didn’t make it to the hospital in time!!! I ended up giving birth in my mum’s living room with the paramedics arriving 10 mins before she came!
I ate about 6 dates a day for the last month of my pregnancy and had a 4 hour delivery – with significantly little pain. Not only was it my first birth but I didn’t do hardly any other “tricks” to help prepare me for birth. Other than read about birthing and pray ALOT. So I will definitely be eating dates for my future pregnancies! I didn’t know anything about eating dates with my first 2 children, but tried it with my 3rd.
I didn’t eat the full 6 a day, probably 2-4 most days from 36 weeks on, I don’t care for dates. My first pregnancy was 9 hours, but I was induced and had an epi.
My 2nd was 12 hours, which about 5 of those hours intense painful contractions, I also had an epi with her. My 3rd labor was 6 hours, only the last 2 hours were painful contractions, I didn’t need an epi.
I don’t know if that’s helpful, and who’s to say if the dates caused the faster/easier labor or if I’d have had that anyway. I’m 36 weeks with baby #4, and I have my bag of dates sitting on the counter, definitely trying them again!! I ate dates starting around 33 weeks and had my daughter at 37.5 weeks. She is my first and I would say there is certainly a concern for having a labor that went too quickly.
I woke up around 4:50am and had her in our bathroom at home at 5:39am, less than an hour later. Everything turned out alright but it almost seemed too quick and I’m not sure whether I’d want my future births to go so fast without warning like that, especially if they are faster. It probably wasn’t just because of the dates though!
I’m a first time mom and I ate 5-7 dates 35 weeks and after. I was 90% effaced and about 1.5cm dilated at my 39 week appointment, and I had my baby girl after 5.5hrs of active labor.
My midwife ruptured my membranes once my body started involuntarily pushing. She was out in just two pushes! I’ve been telling everyone about my experience with dates!!
I had 6 dates per day from week 36 in my last pregnancy. I was 1.5 cm only when I got to hospital and that was after being in labour already for 30 hours and in absolute agony. Labour was in total 40hrs and had to have drip to get things moving. Guess it can’t work for everyone or perhaps mine would have been even worse without the dates 🙂 I ate 4-5 dates a day last month of my pregnancy,and definitely was an easy labor.
I was in labor for few hours at home and didn’t even notice it. I though I was having some mild contractions,I was expecting much worse pain,but it didn’t happen thankfullly! Arrived to a hospital at 1 pm already 6cm dilated. He was born at 5:17 pm. He would be born even faster if he wasn’t turned sunny side up. I’m pregnant again and definitely going to eat them again!
SubhannahAllah (All praise for God!) I was going to say the same thing, alhamdullah (Thank God!). I ate probably too many dates during my first pregnancy and was only in labor for 5 hrs. This time (2nd baby inshallah) I am eating dates everyday with milk, and drinking red raspberry tea…..I fear when I’m finally due this baby is going to slip out next time I pee. Haha. I ate dates the last 4 weeks and had about a 4 hour labor from first contraction to birth.
I gave birth to my daughter 1 hour and 35 min after arriving at the hospital and went from 4cm to 9 cm in less than 40 min. In the last hour tge contractions were intense and painful but were very mild for the first couple hours (I wasn’t even sure if I was in labor at the begining).
Also, this was my first child and she was born naturally 4 days before my due date. I ate dates all through out my 1st pregnancy, I had a slight obsession. I pushed for less then a half hour, my labor went so smoothly.
Next morning I woke up showered, did my makeup, straightened my hair, I felt great! When my dr came in for my checkup she did not believe I just had a baby less than 24 hours ago.
I was out of the hospital as soon as my daughter hit her 24 hour mark. My 2nd pregnancy, I hated dates, couldn’t stomach to look at them. I ended up getting induced, in labor for 15 hours, pushed for 2 hours, she ended up getting stuck and I had to get an episiotomy, and my poor babies shoulder was dislocated.
Very traumatizing experience… Currently pregnant with my 3rd and I have been eating dates left and right, hoping for the same outcome as my 1st labor I had the same experience – 6 dates a day the last 5 weeks or so and I was 7 cm and 100% effaced when I got to the Hospital.
Unfortunately it didn’t shorten my almost 3 hours of pushing but I definitely think it helped with going into labor on my own and a short labor overall, I will definitely be eating them again next time!
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When are you most fertile? You're most likely to get pregnant if you have sex during the two days before you ovulate, or on the day you ovulate – when an egg is released from your ovary. This is usually about two weeks before you expect your next period, but it can vary a lot, so if you want to get pregnant fast, try one of these methods for predicting ovulation. How can you tell when you're ovulating? Here are the top three : • If your (the same number of days each time), try using our to tell when you're most fertile each month.
• Use an to test your hormone levels in the middle of your cycle – it will indicate when you're about to ovulate. • Track , such as changes in your basal body temperature and cervical mucus, to see when you can get pregnant. Can't you just have sex and see what happens?
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