When I was pregnant 1 year back, I was more often depressed not for the hormonal issues, but for the restrictions in food intake that was imposed on me for delivering a healthy baby. I was sweet-toothed but was never allowed to eat any sweet items to keep my blood sugar level normal.
But now, good news for the pregnant women. Now no more big eyes would be scaring you if you are sweet-toothed. A Recent study has revealed that consumption of chocolates during pregnancy is good as this have a positive impact on fetal growth and placenta and also maternal health.
What is so beneficial about chocolate for pregnant women?
High flavanol-containing chocolates are found to boost up fetal growth. It makes the placenta more efficient as well, says research. Also, chocolate helps in lessening the threat of a complication during pregnancy, known as preeclampsia.
Previous studies have revealed diverse results about chocolate’s role in connection with the hazard of preeclampsia that is characterized by high blood pressure level. So researchers of the University Laval Québec City, Canada, decided to assess the effect of high-flavanol chocolate. Flavanols are a subclass of flavonoids. It is thought to provide plant-based foods such a potent health kick.
Little about the research
The research was conducted by experts at Universite Laval in Quebec City, Canada. Researchers studied pregnant 129 women of the gestation period from 11 to 14 weeks. The women consumed 30 gms of high or low, any amount of flavanol-rich chocolates every day for 12 weeks and followed them until delivery. All of the women had double-notching on the uterine artery, Doppler.
Uterine artery Doppler pulsatility index is a marker of the velocity of blood in the placental, uterine and fetal circulations. The women’s uterine artery Doppler pulsatility index continued to be at starting position and at 12 weeks after randomization, as per the team. Researchers also studied preeclampsia, placental weight, gestational hypertension, and birth-weight. Everything was found to be normal in each group whereas a marked improvement of the uterine Doppler pulsatility in both the groups. All the result was seen as an effect of flavanol.