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Pregnancy diet tips ignored

13th February 2009

Researchers say that women are ignoring healthy eating and lifestyle advice before a pregnancy, even when it is planned.

A team from the University of Southampton questioned 12,500 UK women aged 20-34 about their diet, alcohol consumption, smoking, supplements use and physical activity. The findings, reported in the British Medical Journal, found that very few who later got pregnant were taking enough folic acid or met recommendations on alcohol intake and were only slightly less likely to smoke. Researches say pre-pregnancy health messages need better promotion.

 

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