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National Nutrition and Micronutrient Survey of Pregnant Women in Sri Lanka


National Nutrition and Micronutrient Survey of Pregnant Women in Sri Lanka

In pregnancy, many metabolic changes take place leading to increased nutritional requirements to enable the mother to give birth to a healthy newborn and maintain her health status. Deficiencies of micro-nutrients such as vitamin A, iron, iodine and folic acid are particularly common among women during pregnancy, due to increased nutrient requirements of the mother and the fetus. Inadequate intake and increased requirement further exacerbates the pre-existing maternal deficiency states.

This report provides comprehensive survey on micronutrient status of pregnant women as an important prerequisite to assess the usefulness of the ongoing interventions and to ensure that adequate plans to improve the nutritional status of pregnant women are in place, contributing to improved maternal health services.