The reported long-term effects of poor maternal nutrition and uptake of recommended supplements before and during pregnancy was the impetus behind this study. Our objectives were to investigate and understand women’s expectations, knowledge, behaviour and information sources used regarding the use of nutrition and vitamin supplements before and during pregnancy.
A cross-sectional survey using a self-administered questionnaire was undertaken.
Analysis of the results showed that women are currently using electronic resources rather than healthcare professionals as an information source before pregnancy.
Women who sourced information through the internet were significantly more likely to take folic acid and vitamin D before pregnancy. Women preferred to receive information from the antenatal clinic, internet and from mobile applications. Although women believed they had sufficient knowledge and had received adequate advice concerning the correct supplements to take, this was not demonstrated in their behaviour, with only a small number of women taking a folic acid supplement before pregnancy.
A cross-sectional survey investigating women’s information sources, behaviour, expectations, knowledge and level of satisfaction on advice received about diet and supplements before and during pregnancy. Funnell G; Naicker K; Chang J; et al, (2018). BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth , vol 18, no 182, 25 May 2018.
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