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May 10, 1947


JAMA. 1947;134(2):146-147. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880190034010

The ability of animals to withstand the stress and strain of pregnancy and produce healthy offspring depends in large measure on the type of food consumed during the antepartum period. The offspring's ability to grow and resist infection is influenced by the food consumed during the antepartum period. Moreover, specific congenital malformations can be produced almost at will by feeding diets deficient in certain essential nutrients.1

Until recently little attention has been paid to the role of nutrition in the pregnant woman, probably because our medical training has been concentrated on the study of definite clinical entities rather than on the state of health of the individual patient. While investigation in recent years has shown that gross deficiency diseases are usually the result of a severe lack of certain nutrients, even a relatively slight food deficiency, particularly during periods of stress, can disturb the normal metabolism of the body,

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