Vitamin supplementation in pregnancy
Correspondence: Lucy Chappell. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pregnant women should take 400 micrograms/day of folic acid periconceptionally.
- High-dose vitamins C and E are not recommended.
- All pregnant women are now advised to take vitamin D supplements.
- Less than 50% of pregnant women in the UK take the vitamins recommended for pregnancy.
- Further collaborative research is required to understand the role of other vitamins in improving maternal and perinatal wellbeing in high and low-resourced countries.
- To understand the role of vitamins in pregnancy.
- To gain an overview of recommendations on vitamin supplementation in pregnancy.
- To be aware of the benefits and harm of vitamin supplementation in pregnancy.
- Is it appropriate to identify women at risk of vitamin deficiency based on parameters such as ethnicity and body mass index?
- How should potential benefits and harms be balanced for mother and fetus when considering vitamin supplementation in pregnancy?
- Is it ethical to consider food fortification with vitamins for the benefit of one group (pregnant women) when there may be harm for other groups (older persons)?