Addressing Barriers to Maternal Nutrition: Evidence and Program Considerations
This brief presents a review of literature focused on barriers to maternal nutrition and weight gain during pregnancy in low- and middle-income countries. USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), who authors the brief, presents a compilation of country policies that address maternal diet and weight gain during pregnancy, and provides key considerations for inclusion of this topic into program design and implementation. Authors conclude that improving diet pre-conception for adolescent girls is a crucial component of achieving optimal nutritional status during pregnancy and lactation through the identification and use of platforms to reach adolescents (i.e., schools, teen clubs). In addition, although most programs are targeted at infants and young children, a shift is needed to also address the health and nutrition of women during pre-conception, pregnancy, and lactation in the design of future programs.
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