Should Women Skip the Spuds Before Pregnancy?

Released: 2/17/2016

Some researchers are suggesting that women who are looking to become pregnant should resist the french fries and mashed potatoes. A new study found that women who eat more potatoes before conceiving may face a higher risk of gestational diabetes while pregnant. And, in the U.S., an estimated one third of reproductive-aged women eat potatoes every day.   


The potato-related study conducted by the National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health at Harvard University analyzed data from 15,000 women. The women had not had diabetes or other chronic illnesses before becoming pregnant. 


Gestational diabetes can affect the health of both an expecting mom and her baby.