This guideline covers the nutrition of pregnant women, including women who are planning to become pregnant, mothers and other carers of children aged under 5 and their children. In particular, it aims to address disparities in the nutrition of low‑income and other disadvantaged groups compared with the general population.
It does not give detailed advice on what constitutes a healthy diet.
In November 2014, recommendation 3 was replaced by NICE’s guideline on vitamin D: increasing supplement use among at-risk groups.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- folic acid and Healthy Start
- diet in pregnancy, family nutrition and obesity
- breast feeding and infant formula
- child health promotion and pre-school settings
- oral health
Who is it for?
- NHS and other professionals involved in the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and pre‑school children
- People providing pre-school childcare
- Other relevant public, community, voluntary and private sector organisations
- Members of the public
Is this guideline up to date?
The guideline will be fully updated after the reports detailed in section 8 of the review decision paper have been published.
Next review: To be scheduled
Guideline development process
Recommendation 3 in this guideline has been replaced by Vitamin D: increasing supplement use among at-risk groups (2014) NICE guideline PH56.
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.