We know you’re hiding a chocolate bar somewhere in your house … is it behind the fish sticks in the freezer? Shoved between the pages of your book? Stashed underneath your pillow? Wherever it is, we have good news, ladies: it’s time to unapologetically break it out and break off another piece because science itself is telling you that it’s okay.
As it turns out, chocolate is actually really good for your pregnancy and for your future baby … so eat up and arm yourself with these justifications next time a craving comes along:
Here’s a couple:
It gets fetuses excited for life. Probably, anyway. Though there’s no way to judge an emotional reaction in unborn babies, Italian researchers have confirmed that the heart rate and movements of fetuses increase when pregnant mothers eat chocolate. Not entirely surprisingly, female fetuses tended to have a stronger reaction than the males … suggesting that women’s cravings for chocolate start before we’re even born. Explains a lot, right?
Also…your baby will be happier. Though a happy fetus doesn’t necessarily mean a happy baby, it seems that if you eat enough chocolate while you’re pregnant, you’ll get both. A Finnish study of 300 women concluded that a daily dose of chocolate during pregnancy will increase the odds that you’ll have a smiling, happy, and active baby.
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