As an expecting mother’s belly grows during pregnancy, so do her nutritional needs.
The phrase “eating for two” has meaning considering the number of nutrients babies rely on in order to grow and develop. But healthy foods and health services are out of reach for millions of mothers worldwide.
These deficits often lead to anemia: a common health problem that affects 38% of pregnant women worldwide. Children whose mothers are anemic can be born too small, and too soon, making them susceptible to life-threatening consequences.
But recent evidence shows that prenatal multivitamins provide results and hope: use of prenatal multivitamins by anemic mothers resulted in a 29% decrease in infant mortality at six months. The numbers don’t lie: we must provide prenatal multivitamins for mothers and their newborns.
Meet four mothers whose babies are benefiting from a healthy start thanks to prenatal multivitamins.