Healthy Eating Lowers Risk For Preterm Birth in Pregnant Women

| March 7, 2014

Prenatatl Nutrition

Healthy Eating Healthy Pregnancy

A new Norwegian study suggests that pregnant women who eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains are more likely to have a lower risk of giving birth earlier than full term. This is an important issue because preterm births are the leading cause of neurological disabilities and even fetal death.

The medical community is already aware of the risks of smoking and drinking for increasing risk for preterm birth. I’m a little surprised that we need a study to tell people that certain foods increase or decrease the risk for early birth. It makes sense that healthy food, rather than junk food or heavily processed food, would be a factor in a healthy pregnancy.

The researchers suggest that it may be important to consume more healthy foods than it is to cut out junk food or processed food.

While that may be true, fetuses need healthy foods to develop into healthy babies, it is most likely more accurate to see nutrition on a spectrum of unhealthy to healthy, and try to stick to the healthiest of foods.

Ultimately, the more sugar, fried foods, processed foods, preservatives and chemicals you consume, the greater risk your child has for mental and physical health issues.

Many women use the excuse that they are pregnant to eat whatever junk they feel inclined to eat. However, there is a greater opportunity and responsibility to eat even healthier than you would normally, because you’re eating for your baby too.

You wouldn’t feed your baby french fries or pop, so why would you feed the baby inside you junk food? And it isn’t just preterm birth that lack of nutrition may lead to in babies health. Researchers are very aware a large variety of complications related to poor nutrition including infection, immune disorders, heart issues, diabetes, weight issues, mental disorders and many more.

If you are pregnant, avoid all processed foods: canned, packaged and bottled.

Eat a large healthy salad every day. Be sure to include an avocado or healthy fat. Enjoy fresh, properly ripened fruit. Eat quinoa, which is a far healthier substitute for rice or other grains. Steam your veggies instead of frying or baking them. If you’re not vegetarian or vegan, eat organic eggs and meats. Eat whole foods prepared by you.

By eating well, you’ll have fewer cravings and you’ll feel better throughout your pregnancy.

Think of your baby whenever you make your meal choices because whatever you eat will help or hinder your baby’s development.

 

Research Source:  BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1446 (Published 4 March 2014)

 

 

 

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