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Planning for Pregnancy Science

  • A balanced preconception diet with appropriate fat and protein intake, and favoring fruits and vegetables, is recommended for both parents during the conception period.

  • Overweight/obese women who are planning for pregnancy should reduce their weight to lower the probability of their children becoming overweight or obese later in life.

  • Overweight and obese men planning to conceive should also reduce their weight to improve their sperm quality.


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2. Aris, I.M.; Bernard, J.Y.; Chen, LW.; Tint, M.T; Pang, W.W.; Soh, S.E.; Saw, S.M.; Shek, L.P.; Godfrey, K.M.; Giuckman, P.D.; et al. Modifiable risk factors in the first 1000 days for subsequent risk of childhood overweight in an Asian cohort: Significance of parental overweight status, Int. J. Obes, 2018

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