Eating Dates to Ease Labor?

At our birth class this week we heard about a study that showed a correlation between eating six dates a day during the four weeks leading to one's due date and a significantly shorter and easier labor. Patrick went out the next day and bought a bunch of dates for me to start munching on all day. :)

I like dates, don't get me wrong, but six dates a day is actually quite a commitment! I had no idea that six dates is actually about 330 calories and nearly 90 grams of sugar. I'm trying to space them out throughout the day to make it more manageable. Definitely not ideal but I'm willing to try almost anything for an easier labor!

Have you heard of any techniques to prepare for a better labor? With delivery day just around the corner I'm open to suggestions.


  1. Read up on raspberry leaf tea. It is very helpful for labor.

  2. I've never heard of the dates, but hey, why not?! Keep us posted on if it is successful!

  3. Evening primrose oil! I took it orally...and umm...down below. Look into it. My midwife and doula had me start it about 2 weeks out from due date. I swear this is one of the reasons that I didn't tear. It's supposed to help soften your cervix too - and according to my midwife, it was 'like butter' probably TMI - but try it out!

    1. Thanks Kristina, looking into that now!