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Pregnancy, infancy and early childhood are the most significant periods of growth and development in the human life cycle. Poor nutrition during these periods can lead to a range of health problems.

Poor nutrition while the baby is in the womb and just after birth can lead to:

  • Growth retardation

  • Delayed psychosocial development

  • Cognitive, education and behavioural problems

  • Increased risk of later psychiatric disorders

It’s essential that mothers and babies get sufficient quality nutrients. This should be a priority before pregnancy, during pregnancy, breastfeeding, early childhood and all stages of the life cycle.