A narrative review investigating the benefits and risks of high-dose folic acid for women with pre-existing diabetes in periconception concludes doses of 4mg folate a day or 5mg every second day are warranted, taking individualised needs into consideration.
A large-scale retrospective cohort study observes that low first-trimester vitamin E (VE) levels are associated with increased fasting plasma glucose (FPG) levels and gestational diabetes (GD) risk, in the Chinese mothers studied.
A new meta-analysis has found supplements containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum may be a promising prevention and therapeutic strategy in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM).
A recent literature review highlights collated evidence that maternal low vitamin D (VD) levels may result in abnormal growth of the offspring, as well as disordered lipid and glucose metabolism disorders.
Women with low omega-3 levels in early pregnancy would benefit most from omega-3 supplement to reduce the risk of pre-term birth, according to a new statement from the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL).
Dutch researchers are calling for increased intakes and potential supplementation for women planning a pregnancy after a new analysis revealed that this group had inadequate iodine status and insufficient selenium intakes.
A clinical trial has concluded that a daily cocktail of six probiotic strains can improve metabolic outcomes, gut microbial profiles, and certain inflammatory markers in women with post-gestational diabetes.
Maternal supplementation with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in early pregnancy could bolster foetal growth in later stages and improve neonatal biometrics, according to a US study.
Policymakers need to review the current methods of ensuring folate sufficiency among women of childbearing age, said a group of Australian researchers who found that food and supplements could not provide optimal folate intake.
A new review has found strong support for the use of many vitamins and other dietary ingredients in prenatal supplements. But the researches also found that few supplements marketed to expectant mothers meet their recommended dosage levels.
Maternal intake of choline, an essential brain nutrient for mother and developing child, significantly increases DHA status, more than supplementing with DHA by itself, says a new study from Cornell University.
Supplementation with Lactiplantibacillus plantarum 299v may improve iron levels in healthy pregnant women and help to prevent iron deficiency for this important group, according to a new study from Sweden.
A new analysis of folic acid supplements available on the Spanish market for pregnant women has found supplements are consistent with declared dosages and meet legal requirements for stated health claims.
Researchers are recommending a multi-micronutrient supplementation beyond iron and folate for women of reproductive age, pregnant and lactating, according to an Asian study funded by Bayer South East Asia.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will be conducting investigations on 12 artemisia species permitted for use in the country, following scientific reports on how intake of the botanical may lead to miscarriages.
Health experts have stressed that the current advice given to woman to avoid high doses of caffeine during pregnancy is not likely to be altered after new research claimed there was ‘no safe level of caffeine consumption for pregnant women and would-be...
An analysis of the diets of nearly 3500 Australian women found high consumption of carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin, cabbage, green beans and potatoes before conception helped women reach full term pregnancy.
IADSA (International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Association) is working to boost awareness of the critical importance of Omega 3 and folic acid in maternal and infant nutrition with two new information resources.
A mother’s gut bacteria and diet are crucial in promoting a healthy pregnancy, with reduced levels of the short-chain fatty acid acetate – produced by fermentation in the gut – being linked to an increase risk of preeclampsia.
Multiple micronutrient supplementation before pregnancy may be necessary to minimise the incidence of micronutrient deficiency among rural Bangladeshi women, according to an RCT by researchers in the US, Bangladesh and Thailand.
Governments and food regulators in Europe should have special recommendations for pregnant women to eat nuts in order to develop the health of the baby, according to the coordinator of a first-of-its-kind study suggesting that nut intake during early...