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Pregnant women who take a daily iron supplement give birth to bigger and healthier babies, according to a new study.
Researchers found taking iron during pregnancy is associated with a significant increase in birth weight, and a reduction in risk of low birth weight. The effects were seen for iron doses up to 66mg per day.
The World Health Organisation currently recommends a dose of 60mg per day for pregnant women. Iron deficiency is the most widespread nutritional deficiency in the world.
Pregnant women should be encouraged by the Government to eat at least two portions of fish a week to reduce the risk of their children developing brain disorders, a group of leading nutrition experts have claimed.
The nutritionists fear that current official advice to women, which recommends they eat no more than two portions of fish a week, is leading to an increase in brain disorders.
Pregnant woman are not getting enough vitamin D, according to new research.
While taking prenatal vitamins does raise vitamin D levels in mothers-to-be, the study suggested higher doses are needed for many women.
Study author Professor Adit Ginde, from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, said: 'We already know vitamin D is important for bone health of the mother and infant, but we are just starting to scratch the surface about the many potential health benefits of vitamin D during pregnancy.'
Pregnant women taking a daily multivitamin pill have bigger babies, a study shows. Taking the supplement cuts the risk of having low birth-weight babies, which can have health problems. This is the first study to show multivitamins specially tailored for pregnancy make a difference for women living in developed countries.
It was already known that the pills work in developing countries, where food may be scarce and diets lacking in nutrients. The study looked at the effect of multivitamins on 400 pregnant women with vitamin and mineral deficiencies living in East London.