A recent study has collected data to show that eating chocolate several times every week during pregnancy can inhibit the development of insidious conditions in the would-be mother.
The study, to be published in the American Journal Annals of Epidemiology shortly, reports the results of a research conducted by boffins at Yale University in the US. They looked into dietary habits of 2,500 women while they were pregnant. Almost 50% of the women with normal blood pressure turned out to be regular chocolate consumers.
According to the publication in the Telegraph, researchers came to the conclusion that regular intake of chocolate may lower the risk of developing pre-eclampsia and therefore avoid many complications that threaten a pregnant woman.
Pre-eclampsia, that is characterized by elevated blood pressure in the future mother, leads to a number of complications springing up from improper development of blood vessels in the placenta. This can impair the transfer of nutrients to the fetus and cause other complications, often resulting in premature birth.
Source of the image: Photl.