A research by the Oregon Health & Science University's National
Primate Research Center has proved that a high-fat diet during pregnancy increases
the risk of stillbirth and serious birth defects. These findings were
irrespective of whether the pregnant woman was obese or slender.
During the animal study scientists fed monkeys a diet rich in fat. It was seen
that the blood flow from the mother to the placenta was lowered in
38-56% pregnancies. There was also a rise in placental inflammation which is
also associated with birth defects.
This study should serve as a warning for women. The findings have been
published in the June issue of the medical journal Endocrinology.