Christopher Duggan, Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition
Dates of Research:
June 1, 2007 — May 31, 2011
The incidence of poor fetal growth and adverse maternal and infant birth outcomes is quite high in India, and several lines of evidence suggest that maternal nutritional status may be an important factor. In a prospective cohort study of 410 pregnant Indian women, these researchers recently found a strong relationship between maternal serum vitamin B12 concentration and the risk of infant intrauterine growth retardation. This study will conduct a randomized, double-blind trial among 300 pregnant Indian women in order to determine the effectiveness of vitamin B12 supplementation in improving maternal B12 status.