Balanced Diet Linked to Lower Premature Birth Risk

Contributed by: Sonal Hill, RD, LD (Registered and Licensed Dietitian)

BalancedDietWomen have different daily nutritional requirements in each stage of life and pregnancy is a time with very unique requirements.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet means choosing a wide variety of foods and drinks from all food groups. It also means eating certain things in moderation – saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sugar and salt. The goal with pregnant women is to take in nutrients the mother and baby need to remain healthy throughout the entire pregnancy. This goal is easily accomplished when pregnant women consume healthier foods.

Recently, researchers analyzed data from thousands of pregnant women to see how their diets affected their baby. They found that women who ate healthy-balanced diets with adequate amounts of proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole gains and fish had a lower risk of delivering a preterm baby. Although the study found a link between eating a healthy, balanced diet during pregnancy and a lower risk of preterm delivery, it did not prove a cause-and-effect between the two.

Healthy eating is always a good idea especially when you’re pregnant. By consuming healthier foods, you maintain your body’s everyday functions and promote a healthy weight. At the Women’s Center our nutritionist offer programs to help you set a healthy eating plan and ways to stay on track.

For more information on our nutrition and weight programs or to schedule an appointment, call (513) 475-UC4U.

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