Nutritional Interventions to Prevent Preterm Delivery

Of the nutritional interventions conducted during pregnancy that have been tested by clinical trials to prevent preterm delivery, only calcium and fish oil supplementation appear promising. In addition, nutritional advice and magnesium supplementation are likely to be effective; however, methodological problems in the analysis of the trials' results prevent from drawing definitive conclusions. Most of the other

Table 1 Prevalence of LBW, IUGR, and preterm delivery in different countries




Sample size

LBW (% of live births)

IUGR (% of live births)

Preterm (% of live births)

Data source


City of Rosario

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