For more than one reason, I was overcome with excitement when I saw the title of Jena Pincott’s latest book, Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy.
This book was written for me. And if you love little known facts and interesting information about everything from how what we eat influences our child’s gender to the effect Mozart has on the baby, this book is for you, too.
There are so many factoids I’ve spouted off over the years from things I’ve read in books and magazines and conversations I’ve had with doctors and midwives. Little gems such as, “it’s been proven if you eat chocolate while you’re pregnant, you will have a child with a sweeter disposition” and, “studies show that if you consume breakfast with a higher fat content you’re more likely to have a boy.”
I’ve read the studies and love to relay the facts, but I never knew the “why” of many of these tidbits.
Pincott compiles the information and fleshes them out in great detail. She explains the “surprising science” with humor and wit as she weaves in her personal pregnancy story.
In this book some of questions answered are:
- Why are our pregnant dreams more vivid?
- Is a little tipple really so terrible?
- How are all sons are mama’s boys?
- Will exercise strengthen baby’s mind?
- What happens in the golden hour after birth?
- Do we really forget the pain?
- Are breast-fed babies really brainier?
and of course:
- Do chocolate lover’s have sweeter babies?
I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed reading a pregnancy book as much as I enjoyed this one.
Remember to eat lots and lots of chocolate while you’re pregnant- your child will have a sunnier disposition. This is a proven fact and not just an excuse to gorge on chocolate. I found a new favorite-Green and Black’s dark chocolate with whole cherries-and to quote my hub’s cousin Amanda, “I never want another day to go by without having a piece of that chocolate.” Since I’m buying a lifetime supply, I found a coupon for a dollar off, so I thought I’d share it with you! Just don’t plan on finding any in my ‘hood.
What do you recommend for dessert that is both healthy and tasty? We have currently cut dessert out but it is no fun…unless you call apple slices dessert which is what we are currently having.
New York, NY
I agree that apple slices are not fun for dessert! I like a few pieces of dark chocolate. Make sure it’s 70% cacao (or higher) and organic. If it’s at least 70%, there will be a lot less sugar. Theo is a great brand, that doesn’t use any emulsifiers (soy lecithin, etc) only cocoa butter. I toured the factory in Seattle and it was great! Chocolate is high in anti-oxidants and a few pieces should take care of your sweet tooth. Another option is cinnamon raisin mochi (can be found at health food stores). You cut it into bite sized squares, put it in the oven for a few minutes, and it puffs up into this cool pastry type goodness. We add butter and honey…mmmmm.
Over the last few years we’ve been hearing a lot about the heart healthy benefits of eating dark chocolate. Here are two great reasons to indulge during pregnancy:
So if you’re craving it, have a piece! Remember to eat dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao, and always choose organic!!!