Junk food ahead of pregnancy may harm baby-to-be

Poor pregestation diet linked to higher preterm delivery risk

By Nathan Seppa, 13:49 PM June 23, 2014

For a healthy baby, a woman’s diet before pregnancy seems to matter. Consuming a lot of sugars, fats and take-out foods might increase the likelihood of delivering a baby preterm, Australian researchers report in the July Journal of Nutrition.

Preterm birth, defined as birth before 37 weeks of gestation, increases the risk of infant mortality or health problems later in life. While healthful eating during pregnancy has been associated with a lower risk of preterm birth, the study authors say t...

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