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Nutrition for pregnancy and the early years

A healthy balanced diet is important before conception and during pregnancy for the health and well-being of the mother and baby.

Pregnant women don’t need a special diet, or to ‘eat for two’. A healthy balanced diet will provide the mother with energy and essential nutrients, which the baby needs to develop and grow.

Exclusive breastfeeding and appropriate timing of the introduction of solid foods are important for a baby’s healthy growth and development.

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Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) (opens new window)

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) is a UK-wide advisory committee of independent experts that was set up to replace the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy (COMA). The Committee provides advice on matters relating to nutrition to the Department of Health as well as other Government agencies and Departments.

Subgroup on Maternal and Child Nutrition (SMCN) (opens new window)

The SACN Subgroup on Maternal and Child Nutrition (SMCN) provides scientific advice on issues related to maternal and infant nutrition. SMCN is due to publish its report on ‘The influence of maternal, fetal and child nutrition on the development of chronic disease in later life' in June 2011. This report will be available to dowload from the SACN website.

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