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In another report, research showed that women who ate six dates for four weeks before their due date had significantly higher cervical dilatation upon admission compared with the non-date fruit eaters. Ninety-six percent of those who consumed dates also went into spontaneous labor compared to 79 percent of the non-date eaters. And perhaps one of the biggest benefits found was that the first stage of labor lasted an average of 8.5 hours in the women who ate dates versus 15 hours in those that didn’t.

Some reports have stated that Markle is doing hypnobirthing to prepare for labor.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Hypnobirthing “uses self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques to help a woman feel physically, mentally and spiritually prepared and reduce her awareness of fear, anxiety and pain during childbirth.”

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Hypnosis did in fact find that hypnosis reduced labor analgesia use and other medical interventions.

Clinical hypnosis practitioner, Mary Battaglia said hypnosis helps reduce pain during pregnancy because it helps put the body in a relaxed state.

“[You can] use hypnosis techniques like creating a pain dial that allows you to dial the pain down and reduce discomfort so you use less pain medication,” Battaglia told Fox News. “In that relaxed space she can envision (or imagine) a pain dial in front of her. The dial is from 0-10 with 10 being the highest for pain. Let’s say it’s a 7 discomfort from a contraction, she sees the dial and turns it down to a 6 and keeps dialing it down to as low as she can get it. Ideally a 0. Even if she brings it down a few numbers it gives her more comfort and makes her feel empowered to do this for herself naturally.”


Battaglia also said women can use positive affirmations like “I have an easy pregnancy and delivery” so they can continue the hypnosis relaxation support at home or at a hospital.

“Hypnosis empowers women to have the tools to stay relaxed and calm in labor” Battaglia added.