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Habitual micronutrient intake during and after pregnancy in Caucasian Londoners.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19161540     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Micronutrient status is of fundamental importance both upon conception and throughout pregnancy. There is an abundance of literature investigating nutrient intakes during individual trimesters of pregnancy but few studies have investigated baseline intakes of nutrients throughout gestation as a continuum. The current investigation set out to measure habitual micronutrient intakes at weeks 13, 25, 35 of pregnancy and 6 weeks postpartum using a prospective background information questionnaire, 4-7-day weighed food diary and postnatal questionnaire. Seventy-two primiparous, Caucasian Londoners were recruited at the study start with 42 completing the first, second, third trimester and postpartum study stages respectively. Study findings indicated that sodium intakes were significantly higher than UK guidelines throughout and after pregnancy (P < 0.001). Intakes of folate, iron, vitamin D, potassium, iodine and selenium were lower than UK recommendations during and after pregnancy, but to varying levels of statistical significance (P < 0.05). Only 23-38% of women met UK recommendations for folate (300 microg day(-1)) through dietary sources. Similarly, only a small percentage of women met dietary guidelines for iron (19-28%). The findings from the current study indicate that public health interventions may be required to help expectant mothers achieve an optimal diet, particularly after birth when dietary recommendations increase for some micronutrients.
E Derbyshire; G J Davies; V Costarelli; P W Dettmar
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal & child nutrition     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1740-8709     ISO Abbreviation:  Matern Child Nutr     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-23     Completed Date:  2009-03-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101201025     Medline TA:  Matern Child Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Food Clothing and Hospitality Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, Hollings Campus, Manchester, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Diet Surveys*
Food Habits*
Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
Micronutrients / administration & dosage*
Nutrition Policy
Nutritional Requirements*
Nutritional Status*
Postpartum Period
Pregnancy Outcome
Prospective Studies
Weight Gain
Young Adult
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