For better or worse, pregnancy is usually synonymous with odd cravings. Sure, there are the stereotypical combos like pickles and ice cream that plague gestating women the world over, but there are other mind-boggling combinations, too, including but not limited to: rice and ranch, cheese and pickles, and mashed potatoes and popcorn. But there's one craving that stands above the rest: chocolate. I asked moms to reveal their most intense chocolate cravings during pregnancy and, well, prepare to get real hungry real fast.
The good news? Not only is chocolate delicious, but giving into that chocolate craving may actually be beneficial to your still-forming fetus. A 2016 study found that chocolates high in flavanol assist fetal growth and work to decrease the risk of preeclampsia. As if you need any more reason to indulge, just tell the pregnancy police that chocolate also helps the placenta be "more efficient," too.
And those are just the physical health benefits, my friends. Emotionally, dark chocolate may help correct stress-related biochemical imbalances, according to a 2009 report published in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research. So in case you need a few ideas to help you combat your relentless chocolate cravings, here's what other moms did to scratch their cocoa itch: