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Why Should You Eat Chocolate in Pregnancy? Know the Reasons Here!

Pregnancy is a time when a woman needs to be extra careful.  During this precious time extra care needs to be given to the mother and baby too.  From food to medicine a pregnant woman will have to take precise decision for her well-being .

 

No doubt it is a time when a woman can go through mixed feelings of worry and happiness.  Moreover, mood swings and craving for different foods also increase. And chocolate is one such food that can be a desire of any normal person, be it’s a child or an adult.  Who will say NO to this sweet, delicious and flavourful food? I think, few will say no- who do not love sugary foodstuff. It’s hard enough to say No to chocolate specifically if you are a girl.

 

But, there are still various questions associated with chocolate confusing expecting mothers. Is it safe to eat chocolate during pregnancy? Is it healthy to mother and mother? What are side effects of eating it?  How much quantity of chocolate should be eaten in pregnancy?

 

These are some queries which remain unsolved for many women. If you are also one of them, you must read the following information that can be helpful to   resolve your doubts.

 

Lets’ have a look!

 

According to the various studies it has been proven that eating chocolate is safe for pregnant women. Chocolate contains various nutrients that make chocolate an important part of a pregnant woman’s diet.

 

Some of essential nutrients in chocolate are:

 

Nutrient Content in Chocolate

Vitamin A 1%
Calcium 5%
Vitamin B-12

 

3%
Magnesium 36%

 

Iron 44%

 

Total Fat 47%

 

Saturated fat 95%

 

Polyunsaturated fat 1.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 10 g

 

 

Antioxidants :

Antioxidants in this sweet food help in eliminating free radicals in the human body. Preeclampsia is one of the pregnancy complications occurs due to stress and high blood pressure.

You must take chocolate as it acts as a stress reliever.

 

Magnesium :

People with magnesium deficiency often crave for chocolate. Too much desire can be a sign that the person is dealing with magnesium deficiency. Eating chocolate during pregnancy helps replenish magnesium in the body of an expecting mother.

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Some studies have shown that chocolate during pregnancy is not only good for the mother but also for baby. During pregnancy it helps protect the unborn baby from maternal and prenatal stress.

Not only eating chocolate but also consuming chocolate milk and hot chocolate during pregnancy is very good for pregnant women. Eating chocolate during pregnancy is beneficial for the fetal growth and development.

 

Benefits of eating chocolate during pregnancy :

 

Decreases Chance Of Miscarriage :

In a research it has been found that women who eat chocolate during pregnancy are less likely to suffer from first-trimester miscarriage.

 

Boosts Your Health :

Chocolate is full of flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant that has some seriously great health benefits.

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Eating flavonoid-rich chocolate can help improve the immune system and cardiovascular health as well as reduce the blood pressure which is all common problems which pregnant women face.

 

Better Fetal Development :

Women who consume chocolate in their pregnancy time give birth to a healthy child.

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A research showed that women who consumed chocolate during pregnancy also benefited from placental and fetal growth and development.

 

Aids in the Prevention of Heart Disease :

Antioxidants properties of chocolate play a major role to prevent heart disease.

 

Improves Brain Function :

During pregnancy a woman may feel lethargic, irritated or somehow stressed. Such feelings in this time are quite common but to eliminate them you can have chocolate. Not only does this happen but also chocolate improves the function of your brain.

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One study showed that eating high-flavanol cocoa for five days improved blood flow to the brain. Cocoa may also significantly improve intellect of a person. Because of such wonderful benefits of chocolate must be eaten by a pregnant woman. Eating chocolate can help deliver a child with sharp mind.

You must have understood the benefits of chocolate in pregnancy. So, you must include in your daily diet to enjoy a healthy pregnancy.

Note: You don’t have to consume it in excess as it can result in some health issues. Intake of 200 milligrams(mg) per day is enough. The excess of anything can bad for health and it’s the matter of your child so, be careful.

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