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Too good to be true… a bit of chocolate may be good during pregnancy for mom and baby?
For all of you chocolate lovers that are pregnant, this new study might make you very happy! According to HealthDay News – pregnant women who indulge in a small bit of chocolate each day can improve the circulatory health of their unborn child and may also reduce the risk of preeclampsia.
Researchers attribute this due to the flavanols found in chocolate that contain many health benefits. “Our observations suggest that a regular small consumption of dark chocolate — whether or not the level of flavanol is high — from the first trimester of pregnancy, could lead to an improvement of placental function,” said study author Dr. Emmanuel Bujold. He is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Universite Laval in Quebec City, Canada.
As if this news wasn’t amazing enough, because it is, there’s more. Flavanols (flavonoids) found in chocolate are also great for the skin! This antioxidant helps with cancer and inflammation.
So soon to be mommies make sure you get your daily dose of chocolate. Chocolate is great for pregnant skin and you and your baby’s health!