According to a new study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Women who ate dates daily for their entire pregnancy were more dilated when labor began, less likely to need medication to get labor going and their labor tended to be an average of 7 hours shorter then the non date eaters. The study found a compound in the dates that imitates oxytocin (helps with labor) … Dates are rich in vitamins , fiber and minerals such as iron, calcium and potassium) and also helps with constipation and anemia. So ….. ladies start eating up those dates!