Latest evidence on the benefits of maternal milk supplementation full article

Research Update: The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) Recommendations on Adolescent, Preconception and Maternal Nutrition: “Think Nutrition First”

The latest recommendations from FIGO aim to address issues relating to nutrition in adolescent and young woman before, during and after pregnancy. full article

Research Update: Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition and Lifestyle for a Healthy Pregnancy Outcome

The Academy stresses the importance of healthy lifestyle choices to optimise pregnancy outcomes. full article

Research Update: Prevalence of breastfeeding in Singapore

Results from the latest National Breastfeeding Survey (NBFS) revealed that breastfeeding initiation rate is high among new mothers in Singapore, and a majority of mothers were aware of the benefits of breastfeeding. full article

Research Update: Maternal macronutrient intake during pregnancy and 5 years postpartum and associations with child weight status aged five

Few human observational studies have examined the association between maternal pre- and postnatal nutrient intake and childhood obesity. Available evidence has not demonstrated a link between maternal diet and offspring body composition, possibly due to inadequate nutrition data. full article

Research Update: Effect of folate intake on health outcomes in pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis on birth weight, placental weight and length of gestation

The importance of sufficient folate intake before and shortly after conception in reducing the risk of fetal neural tube defects is well recognized. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to investigate the effect of folic acid supplementation throughout pregnancy on other health outcomes. full article

Gut-related pregnancy discomforts: food remedies
Anna Jacob, Director, Nutrition
Abbott Nutrition International, Singapore

Pregnancy-related discomforts such as nausea, vomiting, heartburn and constipation affect many young women. With nutrition needs at an all time high during pregnancy, prolonged and severe gastro-intestinal tract related discomforts may result in nutritional deficits that may impact the health of the mother and her unborn child. full article

Calorie calibration and optimal weight gain for pregnancy
Lim Meng Thiam, Manager, Nutrition Education
Abbott Nutrition International, Singapore

A woman’s diet during pregnancy can have profound and lasting effects on her child’s health. This article examines the impact of gestational weight gain for the mother and infant, and reviews the recommended calorie intakes for pregnant women. full article

Research Update: Salmon consumption during pregnancy alters fatty acid composition and secretory IgA concentration in human breast milk

Single blind, randomised controlled intervention in the UK showed that the intake of oily fish at recommended amounts during pregnancy increased long-chain omega-3 fatty acid concentration of breast milk in early lactation. full article

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