New research highlights the importance of a healthy diet during pregnancy

Research says diet can fight birth defects

BALTIMORE - Pregnant women who eat a healthy diet appear to reduce the risk of having a baby with a major birth defect, such as spina bifida or a cleft palette.  That's according to a new study out of Stanford University. Researchers interviewed thousands of women who had babies with and without birth defects and the focused in on diet.  They found women who ate diets rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and fish were at a lower risk of having a baby with a birth defect compared to women who reported eating less healthy foods.

If you would like to hear more about the study, click on the video box and watch ABC2 News Megan Pringle's report via Skype.

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