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The Mediterranean diet during pregnancy has plenty of benefits

Fond of the Mediterranean diet? A new study has revealed numerous benefits of such kind of food during pregnancy and planning.

The Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of developing dangerously high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia) and other adverse effects in pregnant women. This is stated in a new study by the American Schmidt Heart Institute, published in late December 2022 in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Network Open.

The researchers assessed the link between an anti-inflammatory diet (the Mediterranean diet is just that) and other pregnancy complications. These include gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, preterm birth, low birth weight for age, and stillbirth.

The reason for our concern is that this (pre-eclampsia – ed.) is associated with a risk for both the mother and the child. And if blood pressure is left untreated, it can develop into eclampsia, and a woman can experience cramps. This can also involve the kidneys, liver, and blood clotting.

Natalie Bello, MD, MPH, senior and corresponding author of the study and director of Hypertension Research in the Smidt Heart Institute

We found that women who reported eating foods consistent with the Mediterranean diet around the time of conception and pregnancy had a lower risk of adverse outcomes and, in particular, preeclampsia and diabetes. We found that women of all races and ethnicities benefited equally, and among those who were 35 and older, there was even stronger benefit from this diet.

Professor Natalie Bello for TODAY.com

According to her, the study also shows that following a Mediterranean diet during conception can also improve pregnancy outcomes.

The Mediterranean diet is also good for men

Another recent study published in the journal Nutrients found that the Mediterranean diet can also improve sperm quality. Men’s fertility increased by reducing inflammation in the body. Among the particularly effective components were monounsaturated fats, flavonoids, vitamins C and E, polyphenols, and limited consumption of processed meat.

At the same time, diets low in fruits and vegetables and high in sodium and fat are associated with an increased risk of inflammation.

Read more about nutrition and vitamins preparing for pregnancy from Natalia Silina, founder of the Women’s Health School.

Learn how to prepare for pregnancy effectively in the course Preparing for Pregnancy. I’m eager to file all of these courses in English, just send me a request to dr.silinaeducation@gmail.com.

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