MANILA, Apr. 11 (PIA) – A healthy pregnancy results to a healthy baby. Good nutrition during pregnancy and the window of opportunity for preventing child undernutrition from conception to two years are the focus of much attention and awareness recently.
The 2013 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) showed that about 1 in 4 pregnant mothers or 24.8% are nutritionally-at-risk. Of these, 37.2% teen mothers below 20 years old are at highest risk.
The survey also revealed that pregnant mothers are more likely to be nutritionally-at-risk if they are from rural areas (25.2%), the poorest quintile (30.0%), the younger age groups in their first trimester (26.6%), and residing in Cagayan Valley (33.6%), Bicol (33.0%) and West Visayas (32.4%).
The FNRI-DOST will release a simple guide for healthy eating, the Pinggang Pinoy to guide the pregnant mothers on what to eat and how much to eat per meal. Pinggang Pinoy is a plate-based food guide that shows the right food proportions to provide optimal amount of nutrients required by healthy Filipino pregnant women
Remember that well-planned nutritious meal is one of the greatest gifts you can give to the developing baby in your womb.