Background The antenatal shared care model has become increasingly popular
among Australian women as the preferred mode of pregnancy care.
General practitioners are often asked by their pregnant women
patients about the nutrients needed during pregnancy.
Objective This article discusses the role of various micronutrients and
trace elements needed in pregnancy, and provides daily intake
recommendations of these nutrients as a reference point.
Discussion Much attention has been given to micronutrients such as folate
and iron, but less regard to other trace elements that are also
important in pregnancy. Encouraging a balanced diet and ensuring
the adequacy of these micronutrients is essential for minimising
pregnancy complications. However, GPs should also be aware of the
maximum level of recommended intakes and any possible adverse
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