Pregnant women not eating healthily enough

Pregnant women here tend to believe that they are eating healthily enough, but more than half actually fell short of requirements.

They do not consume enough vegetables, fruit or milk - despite guidelines set by the Health Promotion Board (HPB).

The findings were revealed in a survey released today of 480 Singaporean mothers at a parenting congress. The survey was conducted by Abbott Nutrition last year.

Some 76 per cent of the 342 pregnant women polled thought they had balanced and nutritious meals.

But fewer than half ate at least two servings of vegetables every day.

Only four in 10 had at least two servings of fruit a day. Even fewer drank a minimum of two glasses of milk daily.

Pregnant women are advised to consume three servings of vegetables, two portions of fruit and to drink two glasses of milk every day, going by HPB guidelines.

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