This page highlights relevant guidance documents relating to maternal and child nutrition as well as government publications and NCT resources on nutrition in pregnancy.

NCT articles on nutrition:

Understanding eating disorders in the antenatal and postnatal periods

Importance of Vitamin D

NCT’s response to Scotland’s Maternal and Infant Nutrition Framework for Action.

Obesity and pregnancy: overcoming the communication barriers

The  National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) NICE guidance are applicable to England and Wales, and Northern Ireland is able to adopt them if they wish. Links to Scottish government publications on improvements to maternal and child nutrition are also available below.

NICE Guidance

Issued In March 2008, the NICE guidance Improving the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children in low-income households aims to address disparities in the nutrition of low-income and other disadvantaged groups compared with the general population.

The NICE guidance for Dietary interventions and physical activity interventions for weight management before, during and after pregnancy was published in July 2010. It offers guidance to managers and health professionals working in antenatal, postnatal services and children’s centres who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, women who are pregnant or who are planning a pregnancy and mothers who have had a baby in the last 2 years.

Scotland

NHS Health Scotland produced a Scottish perspective on the Maternal and Child Nutrition NICE guidance. The Scottish perspective on NICE public health guidance 11: Improving the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children in low-income households was published in July 2009. The ‘Scottish Perspective’ enables recommendations to be used in the development and implementation of policy and practice in Scotland with amendments where appropriate. Download the Scottish perspective

The Scottish Government wants to ensure that all children have the best possible start to life, are ready to succeed and live longer, healthier lives. The Maternal and Infant Nutrition Framework for Action has been developed to help achieve this and is aimed at a wide variety of organisations with a role in improving maternal and infant nutrition in Scotland.