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Journal of The Korean Society of Maternal and Child Health 2022;26(3):164-170.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21896/jksmch.2022.26.3.164    Published online July 31, 2022.
Effect of Dietary Supplement Use on Pregnancy
Jinha Chung 
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea
임신 중 영양제 복용의 효과
인제대학교 의과대학 해운대백병원 산부인과학교실
Correspondence:  Jinha Chung, Tel: +82-51-797-2020, Fax: +82-51-797-2030, 
Email: waterlilyv@naver.com
Received: 29 June 2022   • Revised: 25 July 2022   • Accepted: 26 July 2022
Quality nutrition is vital for fetal growth and maternal health, because the nutritional status of the fetus is directly affected by the mother’s nutritional intake. A lack of certain nutrients can lead to unfavorable consequences for both the fetus and mother. The intake of nutritional supplements is increasing worldwide. Korea has been experiencing population aging and low birth rate and has shown an increasing interest in nutritional supplements for pregnant women. This review discusses the 5 critical nutrients for pregnant women as determined by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in 2021, namely folic acid, iron, omega-3, vitamin D, and calcium. This review determined the upper safety limits of these nutritional supplements for pregnant women based on previous researches. Obstetricians and other physicians should be consulted regarding the nutritional supplements recommended for pregnant women.
Key Words: Calcium, Folic acid, Iron, Omega-3 fatty acids, Pregnancy, Vitamin D

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