Fear over health of potential mothers
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.