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International Primary Care Association

Dietary supplements in pregnancy – are they necessary?


By definition, a woman having a healthy uncomplicated pregnancy, who has a normal balanced diet, does not need dietary supplements. The justification for routine population supplementation therefore depends upon the incidence of deficiency in that particular population, and the balance between the benefits of supplementation for those who have a deficient diet and the harms that can occur from excessive consumption of individual nutrients in those who are already replete. General guidelines for the detection of individual deficiency are outlined, together with suggested nutritional supplements to correct them.

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  • Authors: Philip J Steer
  • Keywords: Pregnancy, Supplementation, Anaemia.
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