Preconception Health Needs
More women are recognizing that the nutrition decisions they make before they’re pregnant can impact the health and development of their baby. Optimizing nutritional status before pregnancy can help mitigate problems like low birth weight, preterm delivery, and birth defects, as well as maternal complications. Nutrition solutions to support women in the preconception phase should aim to address three key areas: essential nutrients for general health and preconception, weight management, and mental wellbeing.
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1. Essential Nutrients
Women considering getting pregnant should ensure they’re meeting the RDA for all the essential vitamins and minerals. While eating a diverse and healthy diet is important, products formulated specifically to meet this need can offer greater assurance for potential moms. Of these essential nutrients, some have an especially significant role on a baby’s development, including folic acid, choline, iodine, iron, and calcium.