Half of women trying to have a baby drink alcohol, don’t get enough exercise and don’t eat their five a day

Half of women trying to have a baby drink alcohol: ‘worrying trend’ as research shows large numbers of women trying to conceive drink alcohol, don’t get enough exercise and eat too few fruits and vegetables

  • Research has found ‘troubling trends’ in the lifestyles of women trying to have a baby baby
  • Scientists asked more than 130,000 women in the UK about maternal health
  • They found that 54 percent of women trying to conceive drank alcohol
  • Half of the women in the study ate their five-a-day, and even fewer exercised

Half of women who are trying or planning a baby drink alcohol and don’t get enough exercise, a study shows.

Research has found ‘disturbing trends’ in the lifestyles of women trying to conceive while continuing to smoke, drink and not eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Scientists analyzed data on more than 130,000 women in the UK who were asked questions about maternal health. They found that 54 percent of women trying to conceive drank alcohol, 20 percent smoked cigarettes, and 3.7 percent said they used recreational drugs.

Only half of the women in the study ate their five-a-day fruits and vegetables, and even fewer exercised for the recommended 150 minutes per week. Only 31 percent took folic acid supplements, despite abundant evidence that they improve pregnancy health.

Scientists analyzed data on more than 130,000 women in the UK who were asked questions about maternal health. They found that 54 percent of women trying to conceive drank alcohol, 20 percent smoked cigarettes, and 3.7 percent said they used recreational drugs (file image)

The most troubling trends were recorded among women under the age of 25. The data was collected through the Tommy’s pregnancy charity of King’s College London. The charity is calling for a UK preconception health strategy to raise awareness and provide targeted services to women preparing for pregnancy.

Disturbing trend for young people under 25

Research author Dr. Angela Flynn said: ‘Every parent wants to give their children the best start in life, but our study suggests that it is not well known in the UK that people can take steps before even trying to increase their chances of a safe pregnancy and healthy life. baby.

“Despite a lot of evidence that folic acid supplements improve pregnancy health, few people we studied took them while trying for a baby.

“The road to parenthood isn’t always easy, so it’s important to let people know how to prepare.”

The findings were published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. Tommy’s obstetrician Amina Hatia said: ‘Most people make changes to take care of their health and well-being once they know they’re pregnant, but many don’t realize that acting earlier can really help prepare the body for pregnancy.

The findings were published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (file image)

The findings were published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (file image)

‘It’s not just about cutting out risky things like caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes. Positive steps such as staying active and eating a balanced diet can also make a big difference.’

Last month, the World Health Organization went so far as to ban all women of childbearing age from drinking alcohol.

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