Mediterranean diet linked to healthier pregnancy

New research from the University of Queensland has discovered a critical link between a Mediterranean-style diet and a lower risk of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy. The research found that the combination of foods in a Mediterranean diet can considerably reduce the risk of developing gestational hypertension and preeclampsia.

Danielle Schoenaker of the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland explained that diet is a ‘modifiable factor’, and encouraging young women to follow a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, tofu, rice, pasta, rye bread, red wine and fish before pregnancy could lower the possibility of developing hypertensive disorders by 42 per cent.

Schoenaker noted that hypertensive disorders are a common complication for many women during pregnancy, and can also increase the risk of post-pregnancy complications for mothers and their children. This research has uncovered an important approach to reducing these health risks for pregnant women.

Source: University of Queensland