Taking a folic acid pill a day is under-promoted in the media, under-recommended by health care providers and underused by women of childbearing age.
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Pregnancy and Nutrition
Department of Health is encouraging pregnant and breastfeeding women to boost their intake of vitamin D in the darker winter months. Healthcare professionals say more children than ever are presenting with vitamin D deficiency which can cause seizures and rickets.
National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition's recent recommendations for fish and seafood consumption for pregnant and breast-feeding women are misleading.
Pregnant women and women of childbearing age should increase their seafood consumption, despite the well-known risk of mercury, a highly potent neurotoxin and other contaminants commonly found in seafood.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women should consume at least 12 ounces of fish and seafood per week for optimal brain development of fetuses, infants and young children.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced new income guidelines for the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program for pregnant women, families with young children.
Prenatal multivitamins for undernourished women may reduce risk of low birth weight of new born baby.