New PDF release: Antenatal

By Helen Baston; Jennifer Hall

ISBN-10: 0443103542

ISBN-13: 9780443103544

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Vitamin D It is recommended that women take vitamin D supplement of 10 μg of vitamin D each day during pregnancy (Rothman et al 1995, NICE 2008). Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, which are required for the formation of bones and teeth (Food Standards Agency 2008a). 42 Swordfish, marlin and shark These fish should not be eaten due to their high methylmercury content, which could affect the nervous system of the developing fetus (Food Standards Agency 2008a).

A study (Kesmodel et al 2002) found an increasing risk of stillbirth with increasing moderate alcohol consumption. Smoking Both professionals and members of the public are well aware that smoking is hazardous to extra-uterine and intra-uterine health (Tobacco Information Campaign 2002). However, despite this knowledge, many pregnant women and their partners continue to smoke. They need support to give up and there are many local initiatives designed to provide advice and encouragement. Access to services depends on the midwife identifying the need for support and using her interpersonal skills to discuss the topic in a non-judgmental manner.

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