oa South African Family Practice - Public health measures to counter nutritional stress during pregnancy : correspondence

Volume 55, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Meeting nutritional demand is of paramount significance in any stage of life to ensure positive health. Safeguarding maternal nutritional requirements during pregnancy deserves ancillary attention as the diet has an inarguable impact on the health of both the mother and the newborn baby. In a study that was carried out in India in seven states (Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Assam, Orissa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh) on 1 751 pregnant women, it was revealed that 84% of the study participants suffered from nutrition-related iron deficiency. Another multi-country study reported that the prevalence of anaemia in pregnant women was 63%, 68% and 74%, in Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, respectively. Multiple studies from different developing countries have also established nutritional imbalance in pregnancy in different settings.

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