Eating Garlic and Dried Fruit While Pregnant May Lower Risk of Premature Birth 26532

When you're pregnant, a big chunk of your time is consumed with thoughts of food. Pregnancy food cravings are intense (sweet, salty, spicy, sour—and sometimes you want all four of them at once!). Then there's the list of things you should and shouldn't eat when you're expecting that can really start to freak you out—especially if you're a first-time mama who wants to make sure she's doing everything right. But it's hard to know exactly what to do when there are always new studies coming out that debunk everything you've read in the past (the latest is that eating fish while pregnant probably isn't a huge mercury risk after all).

Well now a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition says that eating garlic in the early stages of pregnancy reduces the risk of premature birth by 30 percent, and eating raisins and other dried fruits towards the end of pregnancy also contributes to women having full-term births. The researchers at Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska University Hospital studied 20,000 pregnant women's diets to come to these conclusions about foods that help prevent premature births.

But you have to take these findings with a grain of salt because the researchers say that more studies on the subject are necessary before they encourage all pregnant women to change their dietary habits since at this point they're not sure why garlic and dried fruits would have any effect on a woman's gestational length. So no need to buy the possible super foods in bulk just yet, but if you already like eating garlic and dried fruit there's certainly no harm in beefing up your intake, don't you think?

TELL US: In light of these findings, will you add garlic and dried fruits to your pregnancy diet?

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