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Nutritious food may lower the risk of preterm delivery

How a woman takes care of herself during pregnancy has a significant effect on the well being of the baby. In fact, healthy eating during pregnancy may lower the risk of preterm delivery, reported Science Daily on March 10, 2014. In a new study, the group of women who had the healthiest pregnancy diet had about a 15 percent lower risk of preterm delivery in comparison with those with the most unhealthy diet.

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Researchers pursued this study with the objective of examining whether an association exists between maternal dietary patterns and the risk of preterm delivery, reports the British Medical Journal. The researchers concluded that women who adhere to a prudent, or traditional, dietary pattern during pregnancy were at lower risk for a preterm delivery in comparison with other women.

Healthy eating may therefore lower the risk of preterm delivery, reports the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in a discussion of this research. This conclusion was based on a Nordic study on 66,000 pregnant Norwegian women. These findings are in support of dietary advice to pregnant women to eat a balanced diet which includes vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and fish and to drink water. The results of this study indicated that increasing the consumption of foods which are associated with a prudent dietary pattern is more important than completely excluding processed food, fast food, junk food, and snacks.

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