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Prenatal Nutrition

Background

The fields of obstetrics and nutrition have changed over the last few decades, greatly affecting recommendations for prenatal nutrition. The importance of nutrition in pregnancy cannot be overstated. It maintains maternal energy requirements, provides substrate for the development of new fetal tissues, and builds energy reserves for postpartum lactation. Recommendations for prenatal nutrition typically focus on weight gain and dietary intake in pregnancy.

For patient education resources, see the Women’s Health Center and Pregnancy and Reproduction Center, as well as Prenatal Planning and Breastfeeding.

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