Nutrition lacking in pregnant women and teenagers

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Nutrition is lacking in pregnant women and teenagers according to a
new study of 59 teens and 97 women over the age of 19. Doctors at
the Children's Hospital...

Nutrition is lacking in pregnant women and teenagers according to a new study of 59 teens and 97 women over the age of 19. Doctors at the Children's Hospital Medical Centre in Ohio, US found that both groups of women took in fewer calories than recommended during pregnancy and consumed less than the recommended amounts of calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, fibre, folate, and vitamins D and E. Nutrition provided by prenatal vitamins was not included in the study. These results suggest that there is a need to assess the nutritional status of pregnant women and to implement clear guidelines that focus on food sources of the nutrients found to be limited in their diets, the doctors concluded. Full findings of the study can be found in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

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