NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers improving nutrition before, during and after pregnancy (up to a year after birth) for women who may become pregnant, and for babies and pre-school children. It particularly focuses on low-income and other disadvantaged households.

It does not cover population-based screening programmes or national maternal and child nutrition policies. It does not cover the nutrition and care of women and children with clinical conditions that require specialist advice, secondary dietary management or clinical therapeutic advice, for whom normal care would be inappropriate. For example, it does not cover women and children with diabetes, epilepsy or HIV, or the care of low birthweight babies.

For more information see the maternal and child nutrition: improving nutritional status topic overview.

This quality standard was previously called nutrition: improving maternal and child nutrition.