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The diets of pregnant and post-pregnant women in different social groups in London and Edinburgh: calcium, iron, retinol, ascorbic acid and folic acid.

Authors
  • Schofield, C
  • Stewart, J
  • Wheeler, E
Type
Published Article
Journal
The British journal of nutrition
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1989
Volume
62
Issue
2
Pages
363–377
Identifiers
PMID: 2819020
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

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.

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