Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Add Snickers to your prenatal regimen

Nancy, take note!

Chocolate in pregnancy keeps baby happy

Expectant mothers can take heart this Easter. Tucking into chocolate eggs is good for the baby, according to a study of over 300 women – especially if you are feeling a bit on edge….

[B]abies born to women who had been eating chocolate daily during pregnancy were more active and “positively reactive” – a measure that encompasses traits such as smiling and laughter.

And the babies of stressed women who had regularly consumed chocolate showed less fear of new situations than babies of stressed women who abstained.


  1. Confirms the family theory that chocolate is *always* good!

  2. i’d have to disagree. activitiy does not indicate healthiness. just spasticity from the sugar rush! (for this free medical info, could i score an invite to the 2002 Ten Year Forecast?)

  3. Oh well. Junk food meets junk science. Bound to happen sooner or later.

    We finally finished work on the 2002 Ten Year Forecast, though I suppose one way to improve our track record would be to hold off on publishing things for a couple years, so that our work appears at the same time as the future we describe. I don’t think anyone’s tried that strategy.

  4. chocolate keeps not only the baby happy but me too.This is one of the best things during pregnancy.Although I don’t care if I gain much weight during my pregnancy I’ve decided to make some exercises so that my baby and I to be healthy.

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