During National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, rest your mind at ease that indulging in antioxidant rich chocolate treats is not only harmless during pregnancy but can also provide some health benefits.
- Chocolate works with neurotransmitters to give you a feeling of well being, which eases stress.
- Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10 percent.
- Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants - the free-radical fighters that promote skin health - as well as flavanols, which promote blood flow and reduces blood pressure. A 2008 study found that eating dark chocolate during pregnancy may prevent preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening complication.
Consuming chocolate during your pregnancy should not have an adverse affect on the health of you or your baby as long as you eat in moderation and stick to darker, purer chocolates. If you are at risk for or have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, talk to your doctor before adding chocolate into your diet.