WOMEN who eat a lot of fruit in the month before they conceive are less likely to suffer complications in pregnancy, writes Eilish O'Regan.
Researchers have identified certain lifestyle factors that make it more likely for a woman to have a normal pregnancy.
The study, which involved several countries including Ireland, said the beneficial factors include increasing fruit intake before pregnancy, being a healthy weight, reducing blood pressure and stopping drug and alcohol misuse.
The study was published in the 'British Medical Journal'.
Previous research has focused on risk factors and adverse pregnancies, but little is known about factors associated with healthy pregnancies.
Researchers aimed to highlight factors amenable to change before pregnancy, informing decisions about interventions that could increase the likelihood of a normal outcome.