Women have often wondered if there was a way to predict a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy. New research has now suggested a way that this can be done.
On average, just over 60% women studied had a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy.
The sorts of things that can predict a complicated pregnancy include:
- Increased body mass index
- Misuse of drugs in the first trimester of pregnancy
- High blood pressure early in pregnancy
- Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy
- Family history of high blood pressure in pregnancy
The sorts of things that women can do to help have a normal pregnancy include:
- Pre-pregnancy fruit intake of at least three pieces of fruit per day
- Being in paid employment
This study suggests that there is a lot that women can do to increase their chance of a healthy pregnancy, including moving towards a healthy weight by exercise and good nutrition.