The ‘Children and young people’ chapter of the JSNA describes the importance of maternal nutrition and dietary behaviour for health.  During and after pregnancy, nutrient supply and feeding are key for growth, birth weight and protecting a child against future disease risk. 5 6 Folic acid supplementation, adequate Vitamin D intake and maintaining a healthy preconception body weight are all important in improving outcomes for both mother and child. 7

The birth of a child can be an important trigger for parents to make improvements to their diet. 8

References

  1. SACN, “Early nutrition final report,” 2011.
  2. SACN, “The influence of maternal, fetal and child nutrition on the developmement of chronic disease in later life,” TSO, London, 2011.
  3. SACN, “The influence of maternal, fetal and child nutrition on the developmement of chronic disease in later life,” TSO, London, 2011.
  4. S. J. Caton, P. Blundell, S. M. Ahem, A. Olsen and P. Moller, “Learning to Eat Vegetables in Early Life: The Role of Timing, Age and Individual Eating Traits,” PLoS ONE, vol. 9, no. 5, 2014.
  5. SACN, “Early nutrition final report,” 2011.
  6. SACN, “The influence of maternal, fetal and child nutrition on the developmement of chronic disease in later life,” TSO, London, 2011.
  7. SACN, “The influence of maternal, fetal and child nutrition on the developmement of chronic disease in later life,” TSO, London, 2011.
  8. S. J. Caton, P. Blundell, S. M. Ahem, A. Olsen and P. Moller, “Learning to Eat Vegetables in Early Life: The Role of Timing, Age and Individual Eating Traits,” PLoS ONE, vol. 9, no. 5, 2014.