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A diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products and some types of fish may reduce the risk of preterm delivery. This was discovered by an international team of researchers and published in the “British Medical Journal”.
For the study, the drinking and eating habits of around 66,000 pregnant women were evaluated. The researchers also had access to data on their lifestyle, such as the educational level, income, and weight.
Women who ate the healthiest diet had a 15 percent lower risk of preterm delivery compared to those who ate the unhealthiest foods – even when taking ten other risk factors into account.
“It is not harmful to occasionally eat something unhealthy. But our study shows that the dietary recommendations given to pregnant women are important,” says Linda Englund-Oegge, first author and researcher at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden).