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Aust Fam Physician. 2009 Dec;38(12):980-4.

The role of micronutrients in pregnancy.

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University of New South Wales, Australia.



The antenatal shared care model has become increasingly popular among Australian women as the preferred mode of pregnancy care. General practitioners are often asked by their pregnant women patients about the nutrients needed during pregnancy.


This article discusses the role of various micronutrients and trace elements needed in pregnancy, and provides daily intake recommendations of these nutrients as a reference point.


Much attention has been given to micronutrients such as folate and iron, but less regard to other trace elements that are also important in pregnancy. Encouraging a balanced diet and ensuring the adequacy of these micronutrients is essential for minimising pregnancy complications. However, GPs should also be aware of the maximum level of recommended intakes and any possible adverse effects.

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