Nutritional Status of Pregnant Women in China

Publish Date: 2011
Author(s): Chumming Chen, Professor


This overview looks at the nutritional status of pregnant women in China, describing the issues related to both undernutrition and overnutrition. Professor Chen reviews the importance of iron deficiency in various stages of pregnancy and looks at the deficiencies of other micronutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin B2, and folate in both anemic and nonanemic women during their 3rd trimester. She also discusses anemia prevalence, maternal nutrition and its relationship to obesity risk during adult life, and the benefits of multinutrient supplementation in reducing the rate of low-birth-weight infants. She concludes by offering future perspectives and actions to address the issue of improving nutrition for pregnant women.
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Chumming Chen

Professor, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, International Life Science Institute Focal Point, China
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