Chocolate…the Secret to a Healthy Pregnancy?

Expectant moms: Craving chocolate? (That probably goes without saying!) Well, go ahead and give in. A recent study shows that the sweet fix can benefit your baby-to-be.

The research, presented at the annual meeting for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, suggests that pregnant women who ate 30 grams—approximately 150 calories—of chocolate every day for 12 weeks experienced significant improvement in blood flow in the uterus, placenta and fetus. That basically means that eating chocolate during pregnancy positively impacted placenta and fetal growth. Interestingly, this result was consistent despite the flavanol content of the chocolate; women who enjoyed low-flavanol chocolate benefitted as much as those who savored high-flavanol versions. 

Stick to one ounce to keep calories—and pregnancy weight gain—in check and then happily, and (yes!) healthfully, indulge!

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