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Eating fruits and veggies may prevent early birth

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Mar. 5, 2014

Eating fruits and veggies may prevent early birth, study finds (Fotolia)


 

Pregnant women drink plenty of water and eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains significantly reduce their risk of delivering their baby early, a new study has found.

Researchers based in Sweden, Norway and Iceland analyzed data surrounding preterm births by 66,000 women between 2002 and 2008. Preterm delivery - giving birth between 22 and 37 weeks of pregnancy - occurred in 5.3% of cases in this group of mothers.

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The team found an overall "prudent" dietary pattern reduced the risk of an early birth, particularly among women having their first baby.

The researchers said the findings suggest diet matters, and doctors may want to pay more attention to what their patients are eating while pregnant.

The study appears in the British Medical Journal.

 

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