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:
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.