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Expectant mothers are often told to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and a new study adds to evidence that a healthy diet is linked to a reduced risk of premature birth. Healthy eating during pregnancy is always a good idea.
Preventing babies from being born to soon may be as simple as ensuring the mother eats a healthy diet.
Thats the finding of a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska University Hospital and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health
To assess the link between diet and preterm birth 66,000 women completed a comprehensive questionnaire about what they had been eating and drinking since becoming pregnant.
The researchers also had access to information about the womens general lifestyle, e.g. level of education, living conditions, income, weight, physical activity, smoking habits, alcohol consumption, number of children and medical factors such as history of preterm birth.
Encourage healthy eating habits
Strategies to encourage healthy eating during pregnancy often have mixed results especially amongst women who are less educated and who are on a low income. In addition most research into pregnancy and nutrition tend to focus on interventions with single nutrients rather than …
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