Holy Crap, Chocolate Is Good For Your Baby, Says Science

I feel like I have been waiting for this moment for my entire life. 

Science is finally proving what we women have known our entire lives: chocolate is good for you. Obviously, chocolate has been an important part of my life for many years and especially during certain times of the month when I'm needing a little boost, you know what I'm saying? Chocolate has been my friend for a long time and I can't imagine a world without chocolate.

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But now, more importantly, our love for chocolate is finally carrying over into one other important moment in our lives, because a new study has determined that chocolate has health benefits during pregnancy.

This is not a drill, ladies. I repeat, this is not a drill. 

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The study, conducted by lead author Dr. Emmanuel Bujold, was actually presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Atlanta, GA. His findings, which still need to go through the peer-review process before we can all get too incredibly excited, found that women who eat 30 grams of dark chocolate every single day during their pregnancies may have a healthier baby. For those of us unschooled in the world of grams, 30 grams = approximately one small square of dark chocolate. 

The chocolate specifically seems to help with the development of the fetus and the placenta, although it's not totally clear why exactly the chocolate seems to be so magical. The researchers found that vaguely, the chocolate seemed to be associated with more blood volume to the fetus , which helps all-around with development.

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My theory is that chocolate makes moms happy = less stress = less constriction of the blood vessels = more blood to the baby who needs it. But my point is — do the specifics matter? Chocolate is king and this is something we all knew! So to all the pregnant ladies of the world, I say rejoice and enjoy your (dark) chocolate in moderation while you're pregnant. After all, I think we can say it's doctor's orders now. 

Do you eat chocolate while you're pregnant? 

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Holy Crap, Chocolate Is Good For Your Baby, Says Science

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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