Good news for pregnant women! Regularly eating chocolate during your pregnancy can be good for both mother and baby. This is shown by Canadian scientific research.
The benefits of chocolate
A Canadian research team has shown that chocolate contains a number of substances that are important during pregnancy. Or rather: in the cocoa of which chocolate is made all kinds of good fabrics. First, cocoa contains flavonoids, these are antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent aging symptoms and contribute to keeping the cells healthy in the body. During the metabolism breakdown products are released the so-called free radicals. Antioxidants protect the cells against this. Flavonoids also have a positive influence on the blood circulation in the placenta and the baby and they reduce the risk of pregnancy poisoning.
Good for your mood
That is not even everything: chocolate is also good for your mood. That is because there are all kinds of ‘lucky substances’, such as dopamine, caffeine, serotonin, endorphins, and phenylethylamine. Caffeine ensures that you get a cheerful feeling. Serotonin has a calming effect and phenylethylamine is a substance that is usually produced by the brain when you are in love. This explains why you are happy with a nice piece of chocolate and you like to put your teeth in a thick bar if you feel rotten. Do not do this too often or in huge quantities. Just because of the caffeine in chocolate. It does contain much less caffeine than coffee but it is not wise to eat a lot of it. The researchers advise eating a maximum of 30 grams of chocolate per day during your pregnancy. Finally, chocolate contains magnesium and potassium, which provide the most important mineral needs during pregnancy.
Milk or pure?
Milk or pure, which chocolate can you eat best when you are pregnant? The researchers investigated 129 women who were pregnant between 11 and 14 weeks. One half ate chocolate every day for twelve weeks with a high flavonoid content, ie very dark chocolate, and the other half chocolate with a low flavonoid content. The outcome is striking: blood circulation was significantly improved in both groups. The conclusion: chocolate – milk or pure – has a positive influence on the growth and development of the placenta and the baby in general. A side note in this study: no control group was used, so no measurements were taken in women who did not eat chocolate during pregnancy tips to improve cervical mucus.
Eating chocolate may be good during pregnancy, this does not mean that you can take unlimited bars. Not only because of the excess of caffeine that you may get, but also because of the sugar and fat content in chocolate. If you get too much from here, then you end up too much. Especially when you are pregnant it is important to pay attention to your weight. Pure chocolate contains the least unhealthy additives and is, therefore, the ‘healthiest’ choice. Therefore, preferably choose chocolate with at least 65% cocoa and limit it to 20 to 30 grams per day.
Eating during your pregnancy
That you have to eat for two during your pregnancy is a fable, but healthy and varied food is important. Read all about responsible and safe food during your pregnancy.
Healthy eating during your pregnancy
Your baby is dependent on what you eat during pregnancy. Eating for two, as is often said for the joke, is not necessary. Certainly because you often slow down during your pregnancy, your body does not need all those extra calories. Healthy and varied food, that’s what it’s about. It is important that you get all the nutrients. Eat healthy and varied. Here are some tips for healthy eating during pregnancy:
Did you know that the brain of your child is going through an important growth process at the end of the pregnancy? Healthy eating is therefore important not only in the beginning, but also at the end of your pregnancy.
Do I need extra vitamins that are not sufficiently in food?
You need two extra vitamins during pregnancy: folic acid and vitamin D. Folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube defects (an open back ). It is recommended that a folic acid supplement of 400 micrograms from the moment you stop contraception until you are at least two months pregnant. Extra vitamin D ensures that your baby gets strong bones and teeth. Five micrograms per day is sufficient. You can also take special pregnancy vitamins. The right amounts of vitamin D and folic acid are already there. Please note that during pregnancy you do not take any regular vitamin supplements. You run the risk that you get too much vitamin A and that can cause birth defects.
Why can not I have raw food?
Tartoplasmosis can be found in raw meat and unwashed vegetables. The toxoplasmic parasite is harmless to adults. If you become infected with it, you feel at best a bit flu. An infection can result in abnormalities or miscarriage during your pregnancy. That is why it is important not to eat raw meat, to wash vegetables properly and to peel fruit. Also, the cleaning of the litter box can be better outsourced these nine months. This is because toxoplasma often occurs in cat feces. If you work in the garden, you can wear gloves to prevent you from coming into contact with cat droppings.
Can not I also eat raw fish during pregnancy?
Eating raw fish is not recommended according to the latest recommendations, even if the fish is fresh. This fish can contain listeria. So let the herring, oysters, and sushi stand for a while. In the case of vacuum-packed smoked fish (such as salmon), listeria bacteria can accumulate in the edges of the packaging. The risk of infection is therefore not in the fish itself but in the vacuum packaging. When you heat the fish (up to 85 degrees), the listeria bacteria die. It is good to eat (well-fried) oily fish, such as trout, sardines, catfish, monkfish and salmon. Preferably once a week. Fatty fish contains cervonic acid, an important building block for the brain and your baby’s retina. Predatory fish such as mackerel, tuna and shark swordfish can be better left in these months. Like eels and pike-perch. Even if they come from canned or smoked, there can be a lot of mercury.
Why is the listeria bacterium dangerous?
If you become infected with this bacterium during your pregnancy, you can have a miscarriage. Listeriosis can also cause premature birth or even the death of your unborn baby. Listeria is mainly found in soft and hard cheeses made from raw milk, unpasteurized milk, pre-packaged smoked or raw fish and raw meat. By far the majority of cheeses sold in the Netherlands are indeed safe. They are usually made from pasteurized milk. If a slice of cheese is made from raw milk, it is always on the packaging (in French: au lait cru). Cottage cheese, cottage cheese, cottage cheese, cheese spread and herb cheese are not raw milk cheeses. These are also safe.
Can I eat all the herbs when I am pregnant?
You can use most herbs when you are pregnant, but you better not eat too much. It is recommended, especially in the beginning of pregnancy, to cinnamon with. Cinnamon is included in syrup waffles, apple pie, and gingerbread. Incidentally, herbs are never scientifically proven that they are bad when you are pregnant, but also that they are not bad. Other herbs with which you have to be careful are fennel, fenugreek, anise, sneeze, feverfew, sage, rhubarb, ginger, hawthorn, dong quai, basil, tarragon, and nutmeg. From a real point of view it is almost impossible to get so much in that it is bad for your baby, but it does not hurt to eat them in moderation.
Can I still eat vegetarian now that I am pregnant?
Vegetarian food during pregnancy is not a problem, but make sure that you get enough B vitamins and iron. B vitamins are mainly in wholemeal products, potatoes, legumes, eggs and dairy. Iron is included in nuts, seeds, legumes, ready-made meat substitutes and apple syrup. Vitamin C promotes the absorption of iron. Eat something from vegetables, fruit or drink vitamin C-rich fruit juice with every meal. By ensuring sufficient iron , you prevent anemia.
What else should I pay attention to?
Drop and licorice increase your blood pressure. As a pregnant person, you are more susceptible to high blood pressure, so it is wise not to eat too much licorice. Also, liver products (such as pate) are not good for you, because there is a lot of vitamin A in it. You may not consume more than 3000 mcg of vitamin A per day if you are pregnant. Do not eat a liver during your pregnancy (liver contains a high concentration of vitamin A). You can, however, eat one sandwich with a liver product per day. Think of 15-20 grams of pâté, liver sausage, liver pate, liver cheese, Berliner or Hausmacher. Also, beware of salmonella. Eat only hard boiled eggs and wash the knife with which you cut chicken fillet. It is also a fable that you can not use sweeteners when you are pregnant. Sweeteners are not harmful as long as you stay below the acceptable daily intake (ADI).
Overview: what does / does not eat during your pregnancy?
You do not have to eat for two, but it is important that you pay attention to what you eat during your pregnancy. Which things can you better leave if you are pregnant? What is right? And are there things that you have to take into account? We have put everything you can and can not eat during your pregnancy in a row.