Dietary records were obtained twice in pregnancy and once post-partum, from 265 women in all social classes in London and Edinburgh. Some Edinburgh women, and lactating women, showed the higher levels of calcium intake. For iron, retinol, ascorbic acid and folic acid, there was a consistent and significant regional and social class gradient in intakes. This favoured English women in 'non-manual' social groups, leaving the Scottish 'manual' class, after pregnancy, with the lowest intakes. Mean intakes of Ca and Fe were consistently below the current UK recommended daily amount (RDA). Intakes of retinol were all above it, and ascorbic acid intakes ranged above and below the RDA.