Pregnant women urged to maintain a healthy diet

18 May 2012

Pregnant women have been urged to forget the notion of 'eating for two' when carrying their unborn baby.

New research from Queen Mary, University of London, has found that new mothers who adopt this notion end up gaining too much weight.

On top of this, the researchers suggested that by eating too much food during their pregnancy, women could end up damaging their health considerably.

The study, which involved analysing data from 44 pieces of research covering more than 7,000 women, highlighted that those staying on a healthy diet were 61 per cent less likely to develop gestational diabetes than those who gained four kilos over their pregnancy.

High blood pressure was reduced by 70 per cent in those with a healthy diet, while the likelihood of going through a premature birth was also much less of a concern.

Dr Shakila Thangaratinam, a clinical senior lecturer and consultant obstetrician at Queen Mary, noted: "Weight control is difficult but this study shows that by carefully advising women on weight management methods, especially diet, we can reduce weight gain during pregnancy."

The advice comes soon after Annie Francis, chief executive of Neighbourhood Midwives, pointed out that a dedicated midwife can offer many benefits to pregnant women.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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