Eating Chocolate During Pregnancy

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Kim - April 21

I'm a bit of a chocoholic and I eat just as much chocolate now I'm pregnant - I didn't see it being a problem. However, another lady I know at work who is also pregnant said she is avoiding chocolate as eating chocolate during pregnancy produces big babies! Does anyone know if this is true?

 

BBK - April 21

Not at all. Latest research from Finland shows chocolate has a positive impact on the baby's behavior. What DOES produce large babies is gestational diabetes, but your gyno will test for that when the time comes.

 

Hayley - April 21

Thanks BBK. Unfortunately my midwife doesn't test for gestational diabetes, just for anaemia. I'm in the UK but I think it must be different in the U.S.

 

Foxy - April 21

Hayley, I'm in the UK too and they tested me for just about everything even though I'm not considered "at risk". Also, every time you give a urine sample they test for glucose. A trace amount is fine but if it's unusually high it suggests diabetes. Another clue is if you're feeling lethergic or thirsty all the time. I'm probably the world's biggest chocoholic, so I'm very pleased to hear that chocolate has a positive impact on my baby's behaviour. :-)

 

BBK - April 21

Hayley, you may want to ask your midwife about a glucose tolerance test where you have a syrup based beverage, and blood is checked for problems in metablolizing it. If there are no problems then you would forgo full fledged screening where you have to starve for several hours etc. I don't know what week you're in, but this test is usually done in the mid-20's week (23-28), and it's a simple test. Foxy, I thought my wife and unborn daughter were the chocoholic champs :-)

 

... - April 21

Ladies don't forget chocolate has caffeine too.

 

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