MSU study finds nutrition education vital in low-income pregnancies

Results of a new study of low-income pregnant women indicate that nutrition education and a healthy diet -- not weight gain alone -- should be the focus of health professionals, a Montclair State University researcher says.

In "Research on Pregnancy and Nutritional Needs: Impact of Nutrition Education on Micronutrient Intake," Shahla Wunderlich, professor of Nutrition at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., and lead researcher, found that "health professionals often focus on a pregnant women's weight gain and overlook whether or not she receives the vital nutrients necessary for healthy fetus development. The emphasis must be changed, since we have found that nutrition education during pregnancy has a positive impact on folate and iron intake." See theFull Release