Journal article

Maternal Dietary Nutrient Intake During Pregnancy and Offspring Linear Growth and Bone: The Vitamin D in Pregnancy Cohort Study

Natalie K Hyde, Sharon L Brennan-Olsen, John D Wark, Sarah M Hosking, Julie A Pasco



Magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, calcium, potassium and protein all play integral roles in maintaining bone health in adults; however, less is known about the importance of these minerals in utero. We aimed to determine associations between maternal dietary consumption of these nutrients during gestation and birth measures in offspring. Of 475 pregnant women recruited from a single antenatal clinic before 16-week gestation (2002-2003) as part of the vitamin D in pregnancy study, 346 with recorded maternal dietary intakes at 28- to 32-week gestation and offspring measures at birth were included. At birth, trained personnel measured the infant's weight, knee-heel length, crown-heel length and head..

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Awarded by Career Development Fellowship from the NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the participants of the VIP study for their ongoing participation. Thanks are also extended to the past and present study staff. Funding for the initial phases of the VIP study was provided by a project grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia. The current follow-up is supported by a grant from the Bupa Health Foundation. NKH is supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award, and SLB-O is supported by a Career Development Fellowship from the NHMRC (1107510).