Apparently, eating dates the month before your due date will make you dilate quicker, and in theory, you’d have a faster labor.
Faster labor = Woo-hoo!*
*I probably won’t be “woo-hooing” during the labor, only after when I’ve labored for only 22 minutes. Yes, 22 minutes of labor is my goal. We live 5 minutes from the hospital so 22 minutes is doable and even gives us a time cushion.
Since I’d never eaten a date before, I bought some warm-up dates at week 34.**
**Yes, that’s 2 weeks early, but this baby needs to come out before she gets any bigger and rips me in half upon her arrival.
I bought date pieces because if they tasted bad, I figured I could swallow the pieces without chewing.
Dates taste sweet. Like really sweet. Like almost*** too sweet even for me.
***Notice the use of the word “almost.”
I’ve now hit 36 weeks and the baby is “breathing” like a champ. It’s time to up the date intake.
My midwife is supposed to check this week to see if I’m dilated or effaced. Keep your fingers crossed for 10 cm and 100% effaced. But I want to be realistic, so I’d also take 8 cm and 80%.