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Healthy, calorie-controlled diet important during pregnancy - study

A pregnant woman is shown with her doctor in this undated file photo.

May 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
If you think pregnancy is the time to indulge every last craving, you're wrong.

University of London researchers say eating a healthy, calorie-controlled diet during pregnancy can help prevent excessive weight gain and cut the risk of complications.

Dietary restrictions were the most effective when compared to exercise as well as a combination of diet and exercise.

Studies show that in Europe and the U.S., as much as 40 percent of women gain more than the recommended weight during pregnancy.