A new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology suggests that a diet rich in fish and vegetables may lower the risk of developing gestational hypertension and preeclampsia during pregnancy. The study analyzed responses given by over 55,000 pregnant women during interviews about their diet at 12 and 30 weeks gestation, as well as six and 18 months after birth. The results showed that women who ate ample fish and vegetables had a 14% decreased risk of developing gestational hypertension and a 21% decreased risk of developing preeclampsia. Conversely, women whose diet contained mostly potatoes, meat, white bread, and margarine had an 18% increased risk of developing gestational hypertension and a 40% increased risk of developing preeclampsia. “These latest findings are encouraging as it shows there are additional steps a woman can take to reduce her risk of these conditions by eating healthily,” noted Dr. Pat O’Brien of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
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