Effect of Date Fruit Consumption in Later Pregnancy on Length of Gestation, Labour and Delivery of Nulliparous Women

Authors

  • Nafeesa Hiba Pak Emirates Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Salma Nisar Combined Military Hospital, Kharian/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Zainab Abbas Mirza Pak Emirates Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Sarah Nisar Combined Military Hospital, Rawalakot/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v72i6.8122

Keywords:

Cesarean section, Obstetric delivery, Obstetric labor

Abstract

Objective: To assess the effect of date fruit consumption in late pregnancy on the onset and progress of labour, the need for induction and augmentation, and delivery outcomes.

Study Design: Randomized controlled trial (NCT05105893).

Place and Duration of Study: Pak Emirates Military Hospital, Rawalpindi Pakistan, from Jan to Jun 2021.

Methodology: One hundred and forty women were randomized into equal-strength Experimental and Control Groups (70 in each Group). The Experimental-Group included those pregnant females who were advised to consume seven dates per day from 35 weeks onwards till the spontaneous onset of labour. In contrast, the Control-Group comprised primigravidae who did not consume dates in later pregnancy.

Results: Spontaneous onset of labour was reported in 59(84.2%) pregnant women of the Experimental-Group compared to 43(61.4%) of Control-Group. 55(78.5%) pregnant women who consumed date fruit had a spontaneous vaginal delivery,4(5.7%) required instrumental delivery, and 11(15%) ended up having a caesarean section, whereas 43 out of 70(61.4%) women of the Control-Group had a spontaneous vaginal delivery, 6(8.5%) had an instrumental vaginal delivery, and 21(30%) underwent a cesarean section.

Conclusion: The patients who had consumed date fruit in later pregnancy had an improved Bishop score at the onset of labour, a shorter duration of labour, a lesser need for induction and augmentation of labour and more spontaneous vaginal deliveries.

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Published

02-01-2023

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Hiba N, Nisar S, Mirza ZA, Nisar S. Effect of Date Fruit Consumption in Later Pregnancy on Length of Gestation, Labour and Delivery of Nulliparous Women. Pak Armed Forces Med J [Internet]. 2023 Jan. 2 [cited 2024 Jul. 19];72(6):2082-86. Available from: https://pafmj.org/PAFMJ/article/view/8122