Fruit & veg get thumbs up for pregnancy

A new study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine shows that the daily consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of miscarriage. Researchers questioned 603 women who had experienced a miscarriage in the first trimester, and 6,116 women whose pregnancies progressed beyond 12 weeks. They identified several factors linked to an increased risk of miscarriage including high maternal age, previous miscarriage, low body mass index (BMI), high alcohol consumption and stress. Factors linked to a lower risk included previous live birth, nausea, vitamin supplementation and fresh fruit and vegetables eaten daily.

Maconochie et al., 2007. Risk factors for first trimester miscarriage—results from a UK-population-based case-control study. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 114 (2) 170-186.