Death by Chocolate? Not anymore!

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Are you a raging chocaholic? If you are, you will already know that chocolate reduces the risk of many diseases. But if you still need some excuses, here's some good news for you!

Are you a raging chocaholic? If you are, you will already know that chocolate reduces the risk of many diseases. But if you still need some excuses, here's some good news for you!

A study has revealed that pregnant women who nibble at a chocolate at least 3 times a week could halve their risk of developing pre-eclampsia. This is a condition in which there is increased blood pressure and reduced transfer of oxygen and nutrients to the baby leading to premature births.

The main reason for this condition is unknown but it is believed that the blood vessels in the placenta do not form properly driving the blood pressure up. Usually, mums-to-be are advised to take drugs to lower their blood pressure coupled with plenty of bed rest thus reducing stress on the baby. Unfortunately, this is no cure to the potentially deadly condition. It simply gives the baby more time to grow strong enough to undergo C-section.

This study of dietary habits of women during their pregnancy showed higher rates of chocolate consumption among the women who did not suffer from pre-eclampsia.

'Women who reported regular chocolate consumption of more than three servings a week had a 50 per cent or greater reduced risk of pre-eclampsia,' dailymail.co.uk quoted a researcher as saying.

'Regular chocolate intake during the first or third trimester was equally protective,' the researcher added.

That leaves you only one thing to do. We at TheAsianParent urge all mums-to-be to go out to your nearest 7-Eleven to grab your favourite chocolate bar now!

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