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Special Issue "Nutrient Requirements and Dietary Intakes of Women during Pregnancy"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 13 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Lucilla Poston

Department of Women and Children’s Health, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London, 10th floor North Wing St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1 7EH, UK
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Interests: women and children’s health; maternal obesity; nutrition in pregnancy; gestational diabetes; pre-eclampsia; lifecourse of health and disease
Guest Editor
Dr. Angela Flynn

Department of Women and Children’s Health, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London, 10th floor North Wing St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1 7EH, UK
Interests: nutrition in pregnancy; antenatal interventions in obese pregnancy; gestational diabetes; micronutrient status in pregnancy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The pivotal role of nutrition in pregnancy is well established, both for short-term pregnancy outcomes, and long-term health of the child. Globally, a concerted effort has been made towards improving the macro and micronutrient nutritional status of pregnant women, especially in low and middle-income countries (LMIC), with varying success. The limited benefits of nutrient supplements in LMIC has prompted a call for pre-conception intervention.

Due to the increasing prevalence of pre-existing maternal disorders which compromise pregnancy outcome and in which nutrition in pregnancy can modify health outcomes, there is a requirement for widely available specialist advice. Foremost amongst these disorders is the increase in the population prevalence of obesity that has resulted in more women being obese at the onset of pregnancy. Obesity is associated with a range of adverse outcomes for both mother and child and the increasing disease burden has prompted a substantive new literature focussing on nutrition in obese pregnant women which has yet to be widely disseminated. Nutritional requirements differ in pregnancy complicated by type 1 diabetes, and also in gestational diabetes (GDM) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), both of which are frequently associated with obesity. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is also increasingly prevalent due to heightened prevalence of chronic hypertension and increasing age amongst pregnant women. A Special Issue of Nutrients, which focuses on these conditions, as well as normal pregnancy nutrition would be of immediate value to health care professionals, in providing a state-of-the-art summary of contemporary knowledge.

The objective of this proposed Special Issue on “Nutrient Requirements and Dietary Intakes of Women during Pregnancy” is, firstly, therefore to select papers, which focus on nutrition and its role in maternal health outcomes in low, middle and higher-income countries. Following this, selected papers will evaluate nutrient requirements and  strategies to improve nutrition in pregnancy complicated by Obesity, Type 1 diabetes , GDM, CKD and PCOS. This Special Issue should provide  a useful resource for health care professionals, as well as a general readership.

On this topic, you are invited to submit proposals for manuscripts that fit the objectives and the topics of this Special Issue.

Prof. Lucilla Poston
Dr. Angela Flynn
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Nutrients is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Pregnancy
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes in pregnancy
  • Renal disease in pregnancy
  • Antenatal interventions
  • Polycystic Ovary syndrome
  • Macronutrients
  • Micronutrients
  • Low and Middle Income Countries
  • High Income Countries

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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