DescriptionThe publication of the Department of Health White Paper "The Health of the Nation" (1992) and "Our Healthier Nation" (1998) gave emphasis to the importance of nutritional health of the nation at all ages. It is clear that the achievement of specific targets for pregnancy and infancy as set out in the White Paper will involve the training of all health care professionals in nutrition education. This book responds to the challenge and focuses on good nutrition for and during pregnancy, in low birth-weight infants, and during infancy. It has a strong public health emphasis, dealing with health prevention issues for the Nation's younger population.
The text is written as a scientific reference book for those seeking to apply science in the support of a successful pregnancy and in the prevention of nutritional problems during foetal and early post-natal life. The importance of optimal nutrition during these periods of life is emphasised by the overwhelming evidence that nutritional problems in early embryonic life may cause congenital malformations and during late foetal life and early post natal life may set the molecular programme for later disease development.
Pre- and periconceptual nutrition (Coad).
Maternal physiology and nutrition (Forsum).
Physiological and nutritional aspects of the placenta (Symonds, Budge and Stephenson).
Lifestyle and maternal health interactions between mother and foetus (Ibrahim and Forsyth).
The foetus at birth: maternal and foetal preparations for postnatal development (McNabb).
Foetal, infant and childhood growth and adult health (Godfrey and Barker).
Nutrition in infancy (Wever and Prentice).
Complementary feeding for the full-term infant (Sritharan and Morgan).
Nutrition of the low-birth-weight and very-low-birth-weight infant (King and Harrison).
Nutrition in childhood (Poskitt).,
Practical advice on food and nutrition for the mother, infant and child (Lawson).
"...Would I recommend it? Oh yes: it should be read or consulted by all whose research or clinical practice involves growth and nutrition in early life." (Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, May 2003)
- Combines a sound theoretical background with practical guidelines on the nutrition of the mother before and after conception, the use of nutritional supplements, the feeding of premature small for dates babies and for the
nutritional development of low birthweight infants.
- Detailed list of references and suggested further reading.