Nutrition during pregnancy has a threefold goal: to provide for the mother’s nutritional needs, contribute to a healthy development and birth of the newborn, and prepare for an adequate lactation period.

During pregnancy, national and international health authorities advocate a higher intake of key vitamins and minerals to meet maternal and fetal needs.

Vitamin and mineral recommendations during pregnancy

During pregnancy, national and international health authorities advocate a higher intake of key vitamins and minerals to meet maternal and fetal needs. However, substantial cross country variation exists in the recommended micronutrient levels. This highlights cultural and dietary differences, but also the ongoing scientific discussions on the optimal diet during pregnancy.

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