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Does Chocolate Ward Off Pregnancy Complications?

Give in to that chocolate craving, the dark decadent sweet may be more than just a treat!

New research suggests that it may ward off preeclampsia, a pregnancy condition that is characterized by a sudden rise in blood pressure, excessive weight gain, protein in urine and other symptoms.

According to a Reuters article about the findings:

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is rich in a chemical called theobromine, which stimulates the heart, relaxes smooth muscle and dilates blood vessels, and has been used to treat chest pain, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries, Dr. Elizabeth W. Triche of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and colleagues write.

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Of the 2,291 moms who delivered babies, those who ate the most chocolate were the least likely to develop preeclampsia. It also said:

Women who ate five or more servings of chocolate each week in their third trimester of pregnancy were 40 percent less likely to develop preeclampsia than those who ate chocolate less than once a week.


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kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Awesome news!
secrethoughts secrethoughts 8 years
Then I will continue to eat a piece of dark chocolate every day for the next 5 months. Woo hoo!
Annika2494003 Annika2494003 8 years
Well, I'm doing great then! Viva Chocolate!
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 8 years
Best news I've heard all day. Now if they could incorporate those gagsome prenatal pills into a luscious silky dark chocolate treat, we'd have significant progress in motherhood relevant innovation.
tina_marie tina_marie 8 years
I didn't eat any chocolate and I had all those terrible things. I was in the hospital the last three weeks I was pregnant. Next pregnancy I'll eat a piece every day
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I ate TONS of chocolate while pregnant and didn't have any complications (aside from those of my fertility meds, but that's different). So maybe it's true! However, I'm still paying the price of the indulgence with my giant thighs and hips. Hrmph.
macneil macneil 8 years
Oh, nice pregnancy news! Can they do research into ice cream and find the same, because that's all I'm eating this time.
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