Pregnant Women Rejoice: You Should Be Eating Chocolate Daily

New research suggests that daily chocolate consumption results in positive fetal growth

Pregnant woman are constantly bombarded with lists of things they just can’t have: sushi, alcohol, hair dye, hot tubs, fun. The list just seems to go on and on.

But thank the heavens, we’ve finally been given a gift that is backed by some scientists, so we’re going to run with it.

New research which will be presented to the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine is saying that daily chocolate consumption by pregnant women could have a positive effect on the growth of the placenta and the fetus. Sorry let me just repeat that one more time: DAILY CHOCOLATE COMSUMPTION IS BEING APPROVED BY SCIENTISTS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN!

Okay, okay, so now that we’ve all calmed down with a Dairy Milk bar, let’s get into the nitty gritty of it.

Scientists say that the consumption of chocolate improves blood flow and thus has this positive effect on fetal growth. The study looked at flavanols, a compound found in cocoa that is commonly found in dark, bitter chocolate—so you might want to switch that Diary Milk for a 75% Lindt bar instead. Flavanols are known to reduce blood pressure and improve mental function, so the researchers set out to see what effects there were on expecting mothers.

A group of 129 women between 11 and 14 weeks’ gestation were divided and half were given 30 grams of low flavanol chocolate per day and the other half were given 30 grams of high flavanol chocolate per day. The women were on this “chocolate diet” for 12 weeks.

While the researchers measured many different aspects of the women’s health after the experiment, it was only blood flow that showed any significant change. Both groups showed improvement that was much greater than would be expected in the general population.

"This study indicates that chocolate could have a positive impact on placenta and foetal growth and development and that chocolate's effects are not solely and directly due to flavanol content," researcher Emmanuel Bujold said.

And while more research needs to be conducted—mostly with a control group that gets zero chocolate—we are staying positive.

So, the next time you want to grab a Milky Way, Twix or a Snickers, just remember, science said you could do it!

New On the Baby Post

 

You May Also Like...

 

Sign up for weekly updates

Subscribe to Babypost's weekly pregnancy newsletter to receive updates on your baby's progress, contests, articles and more!

 

Don't show this again

Privacy Policy
 
 
Register For Our Newsletter Contests Video

Latest Comments

Start Here: Introductions

Hi there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us so I came to give it a look. I'm definitely loving the information. I'm

gabriellir 6 months 1 week ago.

Start Here: Introductions

Hi there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us so I came to give it a look. I'm definitely loving the information. I'm boo

gabriellir 6 months 1 week ago.

Start Here: Introductions

Hello there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website? I'm getting sick and

lavinal62 6 months 1 week ago.

Product Recalls Attention

HarperCollins Publishers recalls Two "That’s Not My…" Children’s Books

HarperCollins has recalled That’s Not My Reindeer and That’s Not My Santa kids’ books due to possible mould contamination

Joe Fresh Recalls Striped Quilted Baby Jackets

Due to a choking hazard, Loblaw Companies has recalled Joe Fresh Baby Jackets

Costco Recalls Kirkland Signature Brand Quinoa Salad

Costco Wholesale Canada has issued a recall of the Kirkland Signature brand Quinoa Salad because of reported illnesses.