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Promoting Healthy Pregnancies to Prevent Malnutrition

By: Ni Nengah Srigampil, EBPP midwife

Pregnancy heralds the start of a new generation, making it crucial for expectant mothers to prioritize their health and nutritional needs. Any nutritional or health issues during pregnancy can lead to malnutrition in newborns. To address this, the EBPP health team conducts three monthly home visits to pregnant women, educating both mothers and their families.

The first visit addresses issues like Chronic Energy Deficiency (CED), anemia, and iodine deficiency, aiming to prevent early pregnancy-related problems. The second visit focuses on balanced nutrition, using visuals like the food pyramid to help mothers understand their dietary requirements. The third visit covers the 10 Essential Obstetric and Neonatal Care services for pregnant women, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices, and preparation for exclusive breastfeeding to discourage early introduction of complementary feeding.

This holistic approach benefits expectant mothers and their families, promoting better understanding and encouraging families to pay more attention to the health and nutritional needs of pregnant women and abandon bad habits. By doing so, we aim to ensure that all pregnant women have healthy pregnancies, leading to a healthy new generation.

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