Pregnant women are constantly being told what they should and shouldn’t do: don’t eat that soft cheese, do 17 kegels every hour, put away your skis for the season, read these 25 books. While many pregnancy suggestions are put in place for good reason, there are others that can be crossed off the list.
The most surefire way to receive more pregnancy fact than fiction is to find a medical care provider that you trust, and feel comfortable asking all of the questions. But for now, we’ll help provide more clarity by dispelling ten common pregnancy myths.
Myth #1: Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Eat Sweets
While large quantities of refined sugar is not great for the health of mama and baby, there is one sweet treat that can actually do more good than harm, when enjoyed in moderate doses: chocolate. A study of 1,681 women by Elizabeth Triche of the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology found that women who reported regular consumption of chocolate (about one 25 gram serving a day) had a lower risk of developing preeclampsia. In addition, a study published in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic found that dark chocolate and other flavonoid-rich foods might help to prevent preeclampsia. Can I get a hallelujah!