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Table 6 The use of supplements before and during pregnancy

From: A cross-sectional survey investigating women’s information sources, behaviour, expectations, knowledge and level of satisfaction on advice received about diet and supplements before and during pregnancy

  NS FA VD VDFA HSV CS
BP 73 35 7 4 2 8
BP% 55% 26% 5% 3% 2% 6%
DPb 10 56 13 14 3 79
DP % 8% 42% 10% 11% 2% 59%
p < 0.001a 0.007a 0.158 0.004a 0.566 < 0.001a
  1. BP before pregnancy, DP during pregnancy, NS no supplements taken, FA folic acid, VD Vitamin D, VDFA Vitamin D and folic acid combination, HSV Healthy Start Vitamin, CS Commercial Branded Pregnancy supplements
  2. aStatistically significant increase in the use of supplements during versus before pregnancy assessed using paired samples T-test
  3. bWomen (n = 41) took more than one supplement during their pregnancy