Pregnant ladies, we have news that will be music to your ears. According to a new study, eating chocolate could actually aid in fetal growth and help with placental function. In equally awesome news, consuming chocolate may also reduce preeclampsia risk. The study, which will be presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, actually set out to find if consuming high flavanol chocolate (versus low flavanol chocolate) would reduce preeclampsia and boost placental function with the idea that the health-giving qualities of the flavanols would benefit mom and baby. The study did not show a difference between the high or low flavanol chocolate groups, but both chocolate-consuming groups had significantly improved scores on the Doppler pulsatility index, which measures blood flow in the uterine, placental, and fetal circulations. But don’t go crazy on chocolate everything — it’s best to stick with high-flavanol dark chocolate which also contains other brain and heart-boosting properties and vitamins and minerals (and often less sugar and milk). Basically, the study is telling us that a) chocolate has mysterious qualities in addition to flavanols that are responsible for these health effects and b) the chocolate you have been craving isn’t just your hormones going crazy. Well, maybe that last one is a compelling reason, but we’ll chalk up that cocoa-flavored desire to your body just knowing that it’s good for you and your baby. In the study, each woman ate about an ounce of chocolate a day for 12 weeks, so we’d like to suggest another experiment that increases that amount a bit — we’re willing to bet there’s more than one pregnant woman who would be up for the challenge. Now, if someone does a study on the benefits of combining pickles and ice cream, we’ll really be good to go.

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via Daily Mail and Parents

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