Yes, I’m still pregnant and after a very positive midwife appointment I’m feeling really good again. Baby is in a good position, I’m healthy, baby is not too big and the midwife and I both decided that baby should come when the baby is done developing and is ready to face the big scary world. While I wait I’m just going to get enough sleep, meditate and go for walks until baby is ready to meet us.
I feel healthier than ever during this pregnancy, I’ve really been making a conscious effort to eat healthy, avoid anything that doesn’t make me feel like the glowing pregnant woman I deserve to be and just give my baby the best food I can possibly give him/her. I’ve mostly just been craving sweet delicious things this pregnancy, which has been strange for me, because I’m more of a savoury kind of gal, but I felt like a fruit junky and have had weird cravings for donuts and cake. You don’t know how strong you are until you prove to yourself that you WONT touch that cake. To keep my sugar cravings in control, I came up with the most delicious medjool date chocolate shake, filled with good for you ingredients, protein and all those yummy dates that’s suppose to help shorten your labour, whats not to love and I mean it just tastes so good. Way better than the best chocolate shake I’ve ever had and that’s saying something, because this is the best chocolate shake I’ve ever had.
WHY EAT DATES DURING PREGNANCY
The number one reason should be that its really delicious! filled with nutrients, fibre (what every pregnant woman needs more of), a great source of potassium , iron, anti oxidants and helps regulate blood pressure. It will also give you that energy boost you so desperately crave during pregnancy, but even with all those amazing benefits the best thing about dates for a pregnant lady is.
It will help shorten labour. Yes, you read that right! Women who ate 6 dates a day during their ninth month of pregnancy had good progression during labour. They were also more dilated on arrival to hospital and laboured for 7 hours or less. Dates have a compound in them that mimics the hormone oxytocin which causes contractions.
Hopefully all my religious date eating pays of during labour.
CHOCOLATE PREGNANCY SHAKE – serves 2
- 4-6 medjool dates pitted
- 2 large frozen banana, peeled and chopped before freezing.
- 1 and 1/2 cups non dairy milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 heaped tbsp protein powder
- 2 -4 tbsp cocoa powder ( depends how chocolately you like it)
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds – optional
Place everything in your blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into glasses and enjoy.