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KEMH Medical Library: Nutrition for Women's Health

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Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.  Source: National Health and Medical Research Council.  Commonwealth of Australia 2016.

 

Nutrition Resources

Nutrient Requirements in Pregnancy


Pregnancy Supplements

Folate (folic acid) in Normal Pregnancy 

It is recommended to take folic acid oral 0.5mg (500 micrograms) once daily before conception and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. (KEMH Guideline: Folic AcidUKTIS Folic Acid Fact Sheet ) 

Folate (folic acid)  in High Risk Pregnancy

It is recommended to take folic acid oral 5mg once daily before conception and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy for high risk pregnancies such as diabetes, previous pregnancy with neural tube defect, close family history of neural tube defects or taking antiepileptics. (KEMH Guideline: Folic Acid; UKTIS Folic Acid Fact Sheet )

Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Pregnancy

Women who eat very little seafood should consider taking an Omega-3 dietary supplement which may be obtained from fish oil or some commercially available pregnancy supplements. (RANZCOG Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation and Pregnancy, p.7)


Pamphlets for Pregnant Women

Only take Nutritional Supplements on the Recommendation of a Dietitian 

 

       Ensure

Low-residue / Halal / Kosher / gluten-free / suitable for lactose intolerance. Good source of protein / essential vitamins & minerals including vitamin D / omega-3 fatty acid 

 

  Sustagen

Nutritionally complete / gluten free / low GI / high in fibre & protein. Source of calcium & vitamin D. Provides 1.0 kcal / ml per suggested serve

 

  Fortijuice

A clear juice tasting high energy and protein supplement for those who dislike milk drinks / want variety. Added vitamins and minerals / lactose free / gluten free / low residue / fat free,1.5 cal/ml.

 

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