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Saturday 16 December 2017

Eat fruit to boost baby weight

Eating lots of fruit and vegetables before conception could boost the chances of delivering a baby of healthy weight, according to a new study out today.

Experts found that women who consumed three or more daily servings of leafy vegetables in the three months prior to falling pregnant had 50pc less chance of having a small baby. Eating fruit also appeared to lower the risk, as did consuming oily fish three times a week.

Babies who are small for their age at birth account for half of all stillbirths.

Those who live have a higher chance of developing heart disease and diabetes when they are older.

The latest study involved more than 3,500 women from four centres in Cork; Auckland, New Zealand; Manchester and London. A total of 376 babies were born who were classed as small for their gestational age.

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