Doctors have long known that smart lifestyle choices may improve women’s chances of having a healthy pregnancy. A new study of more than 5,600 women in England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand has pinpointed which lifestyle factors at 15 to 20 weeks of gestation were associated with complication-free pregnancies—and which led to pregnancy-related problems such as babies who were too small for their gestational age, high blood pressure, preterm birth and preeclampsia.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that helpful lifestyle factors include:
• eating fruit.
• having a healthy weight.
• having lower blood pressure.
• having a job.
• stopping drug and alcohol abuse.
Food for thought—how about an apple, in fact?