To regulate food before years of pregnancy
20 Apr, 2018
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women who plan for pregnancy should follow a diet before they are pregnant, a recent study by researchers from the University of London College found.
The vast majority of women of childbearing age were not prepared for pregnancy, putting their children’s long-term health at risk, the researchers said. They pointed out that one of the most important problems is that women have an increase in weight before pregnancy.
The researchers studied data from 509 women of childbearing age in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey in the United Kingdom, 96 percent of whom had low iron and folic acid.
“Pre-pregnancy is a critical time that can affect parents’ health, including weight, metabolism and diet, and increase the risk of future chronic diseases in children,” said lead author Professor Judith Stevenson.
Doctors usually advise women who plan to carry out changes such as keeping away from alcohol and smoking and taking folic acid supplements three months before trying to conceive.
Previous research has shown that more than a quarter of pregnant women are overweight or obese, raising the risk of heart disease, blood vessels, metabolism, diseases and nervousness to children for life.