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Maternal adherence with recommendations for folic acid and iodine supplements: A cross-sectional survey

Reynolds AN, Skeatt SA (2017) Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol Oct 2017 10.1111/ajo.12719 

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We conducted a survey of 535 New Zealand women to determine supplement use pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding to evaluate adherence with national recommendations for folic acid and iodine supplementation.

Our findings suggest that despite these women being well-educated and motivated to complete an online survey, there was low adherence to recommendations for folic acid and iodine supplements. Only 38% of women reported supplement intake that met both folic acid and iodine recommendations.

This cross-sectional survey provides information useful to policy makers, clinicians and researchers seeking to protect and promote maternal and infant health.


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For more on the impact of iodine deficiency during pregnancy see here.
For more on folic acid and pregnancy-based research see here.