A study conducted by a team of researchers at the Queen Mary University of London suggested that the Mediterranean diet and Olive Oil may add some health benefits to pregnant women.
The 1.252 women involved in the study were chosen from five separate English maternity wards and of diverse backgrounds.
The women had one metabolic risk factor too as high blood pressure, chronic hypertension or hypertriglyceridemia and obesity, which means that their chances of developing pregnancy-related complications were high.
Researchers assigned the pregnant women dietary advice at 18, 20, and 28 weeks. Five hundred and ninety-three followed the diet, while 612 made up the control group.
The study results related that the Mediterranean diet and the Olive Oil with some benefits such as reducing pregnancy-related weight gain and lowering the risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a factor in pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure. Women with gestational diabetes are more likely to give birth to infants that are born large, too early, or delivered via cesarean section.
The study participants who followed the Mediterranean diet saw their risk to develop gestational diabetes drop by 35 percent. On the other hand, while the average weight gain of the control group was 8,3 kg, the average weight gain of the women on the Mediterranean diet was 6,8 kg, which means 18,07%.
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