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Since entering my 34th week of pregnancy, I started eating dates like they were going out of style. To date (pun intended), I've listened to numerous birth stories on podcasts, watch dozens of birth vlogs on YouTube, and watched many episodes of The Midwives on BBC. I've learned that labor is intense and completely different for everyone. However, there was one thing that stood out to me while listening to the several podcasts - eating dates resulted in an 'easier' delivery.
Eating six dates per day four weeks leading up to the expected due date has resulted in more cervical dilation upon admission to the hospital. It also has resulted in allowing the individual to go into spontaneous labor rather than having to be induced and a reduced need for augmentation (oxytocin/pitocin). And eating dates have also been known to shorten the first stage of labor. This means, eating six dates per day four weeks leading up to the expected due date can create a more favorable delivery with less interventions.
Now I know every pregnancy is different and every labor is different, but if I only need to eat six dates per day I am willing to give it a try.
I'm excited to see the outcome of eating dates during the last few weeks of pregnancy and I will keep you all updated with the results!
Click to tweet: Raw vegan donut holes are a three-ingredient snack that can be enjoyed as a quick snack.If you are not pregnant and totally did not follow along, it's okay. These raw vegan donut holes are delicious and can DEFINITELY be eaten while not pregnant. In fact, I urge you to make these as a quick afternoon pick-me-up or as a simply fast breakfast. You won't regret it!
Raw Vegan Donut Holes
Yield: 12 donut holes
Serving Size: 2 donut holes
Nutrition per serving: 148 Calories | 16 g Carbs | 7 g Fat | 5 g Protein | 5 g SugarIngredients
- 2/3 cup Cashews, soaked in water for at least 60 minutes
- 6 Pitted Dates, soaked in 1/4 cup hot water for at least 60 minutes
- 2/3 cup Rolled Oats
- Pinch Salt
- Soak cashews in water for at least 60 minutes and soak pitted dates in 1/4 cup hot water for at least 60 minutes.
- Drain cashews.
- In a food processor, blend cashews, dates with water, rolled oats, and salt until a thick dough ball has formed.
- Hand roll out 12 balls, each the size of a tablespoon.
- Refrigerate for at least 60 minutes.
- *Optional: dust with powdered sugar or make a vegan coconut milk glaze.
What's your favorite type of raw ball?
Are you currently pregnant? Will you be eating dates near the end of your pregnancy?