Pregnant women often obsess over what to eat to provide the best nutrients to their unborn babies, and now they have a little more information to help them make healthy decisions. According to an article published today by The Daily Meal, women who eat a lot of garlic in the early stages of pregnancy and a lot of dried fruit in the late stages of pregnancy lower their risk of giving birth prematurely by about 30 percent.
Researchers in Sweden conducted a study involving almost 20,000 women. Those who ate a great deal of garlic and dried fruit had overall healthier pregnancies. The researchers did stress that these are preliminary findings, and further study is needed to better determine how and why these foods produce positive health effects. It is helpful for women who are at higher risk for premature labor, and with so many other health benefits of garlic, pregnant women should be encouraged to enjoy as many garlicky foods as possible, especially in their first trimester.
In addition to consuming garlic, it is important to consume so-called "good fats" during pregnancy, as these have been tagged as a possible way to decrease the risk of autism. For other foods that pregnant women should strive to make a part of their diets, especially in early pregnancy, see this list of essential first trimester food. Women should always talk to their doctors before making major diet changes and pay attention to any signals from their bodies.