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The Health Benefits of Chocolate During Pregnancy (Yay!)

Good news, chocolate lovers! According to a study from Yale University, snacking on chocolate regularly during pregnancy can help prevent potentially fatal complications from premature births. Women who reported eating more than three servings of chocolate a week had a 50% reduction in the chance of pre-eclampsia.

It’s thought that theobromine, the chemical in cocoa that taste bitter, helps dilate blood vessels and keeps blood pressure steady. Still, there is some criticism of the study, like whether or not the effects are confined to dark chocolate (do milk and white chocolate provide the same benefits?). But hey, I’m willing to believe anything that encourages more guilt-free chocolate eating.

How much chocolate did you eat while pregnant?

From the Daily Mail.