A Healthy Pre-Pregnancy Diet Prevents Birth Defects

It's important to eat healthy most of the time, and especially when you're pregnant or trying to become pregnant. In...
It's important to eat healthy most of the time, and especially when you're pregnant or trying to become pregnant. In fact, as a new study points out, a healthy eating plan during the year before you become pregnant may help prevent common birth defects. healthy baby, healthy pregnancy diet, pregnancy diet plan, pregnancy meals, pregnancy weight, pregnany calories, sample pregnancy diet There have been countless studies completed over the years about healthy and non-healthy diets, but very few studies have looked directly at the link between food and birth defects. Now though, a new large study has compared the diets of more than nine thousand women, in order to see if diet and birth defects are truly linked or not. The results: Women who ate a high-quality, nutritious diet in the year before conception had a lower risk of giving birth to a baby with birth defects. This was across the board, even after researchers factored in issues that may also affect a baby's health, such as smoking, ethnicity, alcohol and if the mother took folic acid. Women who ate the healthiest were 55% less likely to have a baby with anencephaly, 28% less likely to have a baby with spina bifida and 36% less likely to have a baby with a cleft lip, as compared to women with the worst diets. Obviously this research has limitations, such as if women were self-reporting their diets honestly. Plus, it's common for women to change their early pregnancy diets in order to combat morning sickness. What this research means to you: Although this research isn't perfect, it does point to healthy eating as a very good idea for women who are planning a pregnancy. Also, this study suggests that combined efforts produce the healthiest babies - for example, you should eat a balanced diet AND take folic acid. To learn more about healthy diet plans, read the following... Image © Gina Sanders

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