Nutrition and Pregnancy

The growing body of research on essential role of proper nutrition in maternal and newborn health must inform new global health policies, argues Klaus Kraemer, director of Sight and Life, in a Guardian op-ed.

Outdated guidelines that have long recommended iron folic supplements for pregnant women should be modified to reflect the fact that daily micronutrient supplements offer greater health benefits for both mother and baby, Klaus writes.

He cites results from the long-running Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health JiVitA study in rural Bangladesh, which found that nutrition supplements were more effective in reducing the risks of premature birth, low birth weight and stillbirth than iron folic supplements alone.

The Guardian

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