During the pregnancy, the need for certain food is increased, and very often it is a need for chocolate. Pregnant women are hard to resist this treat, but here’s why they do not have to resist the desire for it.
HOW CHOCOLATE can contribute to better HEALTh FOR MUMs AND BABies?
Chocolate contains magnesium, flavonoids, and substances that promote the release of endorphins. They contribute to good mother and baby health in pregnancy!
Flavonoids are potent antioxidants. They help to remove free radicals in the body and thus reduce the oxidative stress of the organism. Preeclampsia occurs due to oxidative stress and presents a reduced blood flow to the fetus due to the increased blood pressure of the mother and excess protein in the urine. Preeclampsia can pose a great risk to mum and baby.
Magnesium is known as the “anti-stress” mineral that helps the proper functioning of the nervous system and is an important factor for the entire cardiovascular system. During pregnancy, his deficiency can lead to a delay in fetal development and preterm delivery. In the second state, there is often a lack of magnesium, and the body itself seeks to consume foods containing this mineral. In 100g of cocoa you can find as much as 420mg of magnesium, so if you are eating chocolate, come on! Take into account that experts advise up to 30g of chocolate per day and do not overdo it in consumption.
You noticed that, when you eat chocolate, you are nice, smiling and happy? This is because chocolate contains substances that promote the release of endorphins, the hormone of happiness. Keep in mind that in pregnancy, when the mom is happy, the baby is happy as well.
Can chocolate have a bad influence on mom and baby?
Chocolate contains caffeine, and the intake of caffeine in pregnancy should be limited to 200mg per day, so be careful about consuming this food in combination with other caffeine-containing foods. In 100g cocoa can be as much as 230mg of caffeine, while in chocolate it can be found up to 150mg depending on whether you are eating milk or black chocolate.
Gestational diabetes In case you have diagnosed gestational diabetes, there are chocolates that are less “sweetened” and that are safe to consume in this case. These are black chocolate, with more cocoa and have a bit of bitter taste. We will remind you again that a large amount of caffeine can be found in such a chocolate, so pay attention if you consume it with some other foods such as coffee and tea. The daily dose of caffeine should not exceed 200 mg.