Trying to be perfect when you’re pregnant can feel a little too much like hard work – after all, while you’re busy eating the right food, exercising and, er, radiating that glow, it can sometimes seem like there’s no time to enjoy it all. But, don’t stress because, the good news is that chocolate is actually good for you, and you are encouraged to indulge during pregnancy.
According to a new study by scientists from Université Laval in Québec City, eating 30g of chocolate every day during pregnancy may benefit foetal growth and development.
“There are significant health benefits from eating a few squares of chocolate every day as part of a balanced diet during pregnancy,” says Lovisa Nilsson, nutritionist for the health and fitness app, Lifesum.
- Not only does it help ease stress, it can also lower the risk of developing the high blood pressure condition, pre-eclampsia, which can cause a number of serious health complications, including blood clots and premature birth.
- What’s more, according to a report published in New Scientist, the chemical phenylethylamine found in chocolate, which makes the brain release endorphins, is passed on from the mother to the baby, resulting in a happier and livelier baby.
Opt for dark chocolate, with no less than 70% cocoa, as this will deliver the benefits of bioflavonoids and antioxidants that boost your immune system.
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