Prenatal nutrient supplementation: too little or too much?

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In Canada, no national data exists on pregnant women’s nutrient intake and health status as they are not specifically sampled in the Canadian Community Health Survey and the Canadian Health Measures Survey and data specific to pregnancy is not reported. Supplementation gained popularity in the general public with increased awareness of the importance of nutrition during the first 1000 days, and confusion exists among health professionals. As Health Canada is revising the nutrition recommendations for pregnancy and lactation, it is timely to review the Canadian research on key nutrients for pregnancy.


After this presentation, the attendee should be able to:

  1. Evaluate if pregnant women have an adequate intake of key pregnancy-related nutrients following a nutrition assessment.
  2. Suggest when a supplement is appropriate for pregnant women as part of the nutrition intervention.
  3. Advocate for evidence-based nutrition recommendations in clinical and public health settings for pregnant women in Canada

Date of Presentation: October 17, 2019, Ontario Family Health Team Conference 

Speaker: Maude Perreault PhD RD is in Medical Sciences, Division of Metabolism and Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton ON. 


  • Video presentation (29 min) with the presentation slides (pdf)
  • Audio file (mp3 file)

Cost: $19.95 for members; $24.95 for non-members; $14.95 for students

Last Updated: December 14, 2020

Type: Learning on Demand

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