Eating Chocolate During Pregnancy Has Awesome Health Benefits

Pregnant people rejoice! New research suggests that eating chocolate during your pregnancy can provide excellent health benefits for both you and your baby. But, in case you’ve already reached for that Hershey bar or box of caramel-stuffed, milk chocolate truffles, be mindful of weighing the benefits of darker chocolate and the unhealthy additions of sugars and milk products to other, more readily available chocolate treats.

Researchers at Université Laval Québec City found that the heart-healthy flavanols found in cocoa not only are great for mama, but can also increase placenta function and give a boost to fetal growth. The mechanism thought to be at play is the antioxidant effect of flavanols, found in higher concentrations in cocoa that is not processed with extra sugar and milk products. It is no wonder that these compounds, which can help improve circulation in the body, could help with placenta efficiency.

Another perk of cocoa is reducing preeclampsia (PE) risk in pregnant parents. A dangerous variety of high blood pressure which usually doesn’t surface until the third trimester, PE is a risk for both parent and child.

The research team behind the study observed 129 women with single pregnancies, each somewhere between 11 and 14 weeks. Some women consumed high-flavanol chocolate and some ate low-flavanol morsels, yet all were found to have improved circulation in uterine, placental and fetal functions. Dr. Emmanual Bujold, one of the authors, stated, “This study indicates that chocolate could have a positive impact on placenta and fetal growth and development, and that chocolate’s effects are not solely and directly due to flavanol content.”

So, there you have it. Eating chocolate during pregnancy can help mitigate some risk of worrisome conditions down the line. As with any scientific study, this information should be considered within the wider scope of healthy lifestyle choices (ahem, meaning eating chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner is probably not advised). More research may be necessary to find out exactly what other factors contribute to these great benefits, which raises the question: Where can people sign up for the next study?!

59 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

I have eaten chocolate at all stages of my life. I love chocolate!

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Muff-Anne York-Haley

Eating chocolate when you're not pregnant is great too:)

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Nellie K Adaba
Nellie K Adaba3 years ago

Alright, great to know, when I'm in the process.

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn3 years ago

Many thanks to you !

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Carol S.
Carol S3 years ago

Okay

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Jim Ven
Jim V3 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Manuela C.
Manuela C3 years ago

Very good to know!

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Maud Morin
Maud M3 years ago

chocolate is one of my best friend life :-)

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Veronica Danie
.3 years ago

Thanks!

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