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Perinatal Nutrition Working Group

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The PNWG is an evidence-based resource to physicians, organizations and women that focuses on maternal nutrition with the goal of optimizing fetal growth and development.

Pregnancy brings out the desire to eat more healthfully than usual in many women. A diet rich in foods that contain lean protein, complex carbohydrates, iron, folic acid, and omega-3s is essential for proper nutrition and body functioning during this life stage. Moms-to-be in the United States are particularly deficient in omega-3s, a healthful fat found in fish. The Perinatal Nutrition Working Group (PNWG), a working group of healthcare professionals dedicated to educating pregnant and breastfeeding women about eating more seafood to optimize their babies’ growth and development.

The Perinatal Nutrition Working Group (PNWG) is comprised of top professors of obstetrics, doctors of nutrition and registered dietitians who serve as an evidence-based resource to physicians, organizations and women about the role of eating seafood in a healthy pregnancy. It is a program of the Expecting Health division of Genetic Alliance, a recognized leader and resource in maternal and child health.

While there is confusion about the amount of fish pregnant women should eat, there is agreement that women do not enough seafood. Through collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts, the Perinatal Nutrition Working Group is committed to correcting the misinformation surrounding seafood.

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