Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Fruit and Vegetable intake for Pregnant Women

After monitoring 262 pregnant women for factors such as fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity and smoking levels, University of Queensland researchers have concluded that "[t]here is a clear need to develop and evaluate effective pregnancy behaviour interventions to improve primary prevention in maternal and infant health."
Of the women surveyed, only 2.7% met the recommendations for vegetable intake, 9.2% met the guidelines for fruit intake and only 32.8% (about one-third of the women) received adequate levels of physical activity. Almost more surprising is the finding that approximately one-quarter of the women continued to smoke during their pregnancy.
— Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 33(3): 228–33
The full text of the study can be read online.

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