Fear over health of po­ten­tial moth­ers

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Many Bri­tish women of child-bear­ing age are liv­ing un­healthy life­styles that make them woe­fully un­pre­pared for preg­nancy, new re­search sug­gests.

A sur­vey re­veals large num­bers of young women smoke, drink too much al­co­hol, are over­weight or obese, and con­sume in­ad­e­quate amounts of fruits and veg­eta­bles. They are also lack­ing suf­fi­cient lev­els of vi­ta­mins and min­er­als.

Of the women in the 26 to 30-year-old age group sur­veyed – mak­ing up 19% of the to­tal, not one of them was get­ting the rec­om­mended one mi­cro­gram per day of vi­ta­min B12, which is es­sen­tial to the healthy de­vel­op­ment of a baby’s ner­vous sys­tem.

Re­searchers an­a­lysed data on 509 women aged 18 to 42 who took part in the UK Na­tional Diet and Nu­tri­tion Sur­vey.

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