Current Research: A study to test whether a nutrition intervention commencing at least 3 months before conception, will be associated with a greater newborn length compared to offspring whose mothers receive the same intervention at 12 weeks gestation or not at all.

Attention is increasingly directed to the role of maternal nutrition during the 1st trimester for normal growth and development during the first thousand days, from conception to the child's second birthday. The primary hypothesis of the Women First: Preconception Maternal Nutrition study is that for women in poor communities, a comprehensive maternal nutrition intervention commencing at least 3 months prior to conception and continuing throughout pregnancy, will be associated with a significantly greater newborn length than for offspring whose mothers start to receive the same intervention at 12 weeks gestation or who do not receive the intervention at all. The results of this trial will make a major contribution to refining evidence-based strategies for maternal nutrition supplementation and evaluating the cost-benefits of extending such strategies beyond pregnancy to virtually all women of child-bearing age, including adolescent girls.

  • Nancy Krebs, MD, MSc
  • Michael Hambidge, MD, ScD
  • Ana Garcés, MD, MPH
  • Richard Derman, MD, MPH
  • Bhalchandra Kodkany, MD, MBBS
  • Robert Goldenberg, MD
  • Omrana Pasha, MBBS, MSPH, DABIM
  • Carl Bose, MD
  • Antoinette Tshefu, MD, PhD, MPH
  • Elizabeth McClure, PhD
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • Columbia University
  • Instituto de Nutrición de Centro América y Panamá
  • Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Christiana Care
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • JN Medical College, Belgaum, India
  • Kinshasa School of Public Health, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • RTI International
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