A clinical dietician Jane Eleodi has advised pregnant women to eat ‘Dates Fruits’ especially during a few weeks to delivery for easy childbirth.
The Dietician said the fruit would promote cervical dilation, and it reduces the need for induced labour in such women.
Eleodi, who is a nutritionist with JSPRINGS Nutrition and Dietary Health, Nature Support Ltd Lagos, also said that ” dates fruits, may also be helpful for reducing labour time.”
Concise News reports that dates, a natural sweetener, popularly called “Dabino’’ in the Hausa language, while in the Yoruba language known as ‘Labidun’, are usually cultivated in Arab territories, and rich in nutrients.
“Dates have been studied for their potentials to promote and ease late-term labour in pregnant women,” she told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday.
“Eating these fruits throughout the last few weeks of pregnancy may promote cervical dilation and lower the need for induced labour. They may also be helpful for reducing labour time.
“Eating dates throughout pregnancy helps to supply nutrients like essential vitamins and minerals needed for healthy foetal growth and development. It is good for maternal health.
“Nutrients such as Vitamins A, E, K, C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folates, Niacin, B6, Pantothenic acid, Zinc, Calcium, Iron, Choline, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese etc, can be found in dates.
“Other nutrients include Omega-3 fatty acids, Betaine, and copper,’’ She added.
According to her, dates are a good source of natural sugar and calories, which are necessary to maintain energy levels during labour.
Date fruits contains Tannins, which are compounds that have shown to help facilitate contractions.
The dietician added that while eating dates appeared to help promote labour and reduce labour duration, more researches were needed to back up these effects.
She gives statistics and studies of 69 women who consumed 6 dates per day for 4 weeks prior to their due date showed they were 20 percent more likely to go into labour naturally.
She said that pregnant women that eat dates logically spend less time in labour rooms than those that do not eat dates fruit.
In another study, the report showed that, of 154 pregnant women, those who ate dates fruits were much less likely to be induced compared to those who did not.
“A third study found similar results in 91 pregnant women who consumed 70–76 grams of dates daily starting from the 37th week of pregnancy.
“They were in active labour for an average of four hours than those who did not eat dates,’’ Eleodi concluded.