If you’re pregnant, eat more chocolate!

Chocolate used to be my weakness. An obsession, really. Well I got pregnant, then hated even the thought of it. I had to abruptly end our relationship.  I’m finally past my 1st trimester nausea phase.  Chocolate and I are friends once again…and are getting even friendlier now that I’ve read this article in the Dec/Jan 2012 issue of Fit Pregnancy magazine.

 

 

 

Enjoy chocolate daily.  Regularly eating chocolate during pregnancy may buffer a fetus from stress and improve his temperament after birth.  One study found that pregnant women who ate chocolate every day gave birth to babies that laughed easily, soothed readily and responded well to novelty.  The effect may be due to pleasure-producing or stress-relieving properties in chocolate compounds in it that prevent the breakdown of pleasure-producing chemicals in the fetus’s brain.  The sweet stuff also reduces the risk of preeclampsia. Dark chocolate is the healthiest and least fattening type.

 

You don’t have to tell me twice that eating chocolate has baby benefits!  I’ve already started eating one square a day of Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark Twilight Delight 72% Cacao. So if you’re pregnant, eat more chocolate!

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