Ramadan starts today for the year 2013. For those who are pregnant, you may want to know if it is safe to consume sweet dates that are aplenty, especially during the break fast period. Even though pregnant women are generally exempt from fasting, they too enjoy dates as a sweet treat.
Dr Jasmine Mohd, obstetrician and gynaecologist, allays your concerns about eating dates during Ramadan. She shares that it is indeed safe for pregnant ladies to consume dates that are fresh or dried. There are myths that eating dates may result in a miscarriage early on in pregnancy or lead to early labour. Worry not! No evidence support these old wives tales.
In fact these sweet dates can be a good source of natural sugars that can give you a boost of energy as it is quickly absorbed into the body. What more these dates that are served during Ramadan actually contain whole carbohydrates, protein, fibres, sodium, calcium, iron, folic acid and a bunch of vitamins: A,C,E and K!
As with any other food, moderation is key. Just be sure that the dates are fresh and from a safe source. Mums-to-be, if you are still worried about sugar levels or even weight gain for that matter, just consult you doctor.
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