Alarming new research has revealed that vitamin and mineral deficiencies are very common in pregnant women, a discovery that could have important bearing on the health of both mother and child.
Scientists examined nutrition research from several developed countries and found that pregnant women are at high risk of suboptimal micronutrient intakes. The most common were folate, iron and vitamin D, which were consistently below recommended nutrient intakes for pregnancy.
A simple remedy to this problem is a good quality multivitamin and mineral with 400 mcg of folic acid, at least 800 IU of vitamin D and extra iron. A healthy diet is of course best, but as this study shows most people are not getting the nutrients they need from food.