Government Strategies on Nutrition in Pregnancy

Professor Lucilla Poston CBE

Government Strategies on Nutrition in Pregnancy

Professor Lucilla Poston CBE



Part of the symposium ‘Women’s Health Across The Lifespan

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Session Outlines and Learning Objectives

About the session

National guidelines and strategic objectives for nutrition in pregnancy and in disorders of pregnancy are often inconsistent from country to country. Standardisation, focussing on evidence-based information, should be pursued.

We should also advocate the potential benefit for pregnancy of public health nutrition strategies in the general population. This presentation will cover the inconsistencies in national advice given during pregnancy and how interventions at a government level can benefit outcomes.

Watch this session to:


  • Globally inconsistent national advice for nutrition in pregnancy
  • Population based government interventions may also benefit pregnancy outcome


  • Differing nutritional status and nutritional needs in different countries
  • Difficulties inherent to changing government recommendations


  • Advocate evidence-based advice on nutrition in pregnancy to policy makers
  • Appreciate the potential benefits for pregnant women of nutritional advice for the general public
Professor Laura Magee

Guest speaker

Professor Lucilla Poston CBE
Tommy’s Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health
Head of School of Life Course and Population Sciences, King’s College London

Professor Lucilla Poston is Head of School of Life Course and Population Sciences at Kings College London (KCL). She holds the Tommy’s Charity Chair of Maternal and Fetal Health. A graduate in Physiology (University College London) with a PhD in the field of medicine, she directs a multidisciplinary team of scientists and health professionals which she established in 1995, located within Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London. Professor Poston is a Fellow ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator (emeritus) and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK. She is a member of the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), a Member of the UK Medical Research Council’s Global Health Board and President of the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. In 2017, Professor Poston was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen as a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for her services to Women’s Health.

Melissa Mogor


Dr Angela Flynn
Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences, King’s College London

Dr Flynn is a Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London. She started her career as a community pharmacist in Ireland and subsequently completed an MSc in Nutrition followed by a PhD in Maternal Nutrition at King’s College London. Her research focuses on interventions that aim to improve outcomes for women before, and during pregnancy, particularly women at risk of developing gestational diabetes. Other interests include examining the relationship between maternal micronutrient status and pregnancy outcomes.

Melissa Mogor


Dr Sara White
Clinician Scientist and Maternal Diabetes Clinical Research Lead, Department of Women and Children’s Health, King’s College London and Honorary Consultant in Metabolic Medicine (Clinical Biochemistry), Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Sara White is a Metabolic Physician with clinical expertise in diabetes in pregnancy. During her PhD she investigated early pregnancy gestational diabetes (GDM) prediction and metabolic profiles amongst obese women with GDM. Her research explores GDM pathophysiology and stratification of potential subtypes, plus ways to improve outcomes in at-risk women.

Part of the symposium series:

Women’s Health Across The Lifespan


This symposium is approved for CPD by the BDA and AfN

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Women’s health has received greater publicity in the last year, which has resulted in more people seeking advice and support in this area. Therefore this masterclass will support those who are practicing in this field.

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This webinar is being run in association with the Department of Women and Children’s Health and Nutritional Sciences at Kings College London, Benecol Healthcare Professional team and the BDA Maternal and Fertility Specialist Group

The research of the Department of Women and Children’s Health at King’s College London, centres around the concept of the life course of health. The health of the next generation begins at the earliest stages, the research spans preconception, maternity, infancy and adolescence.


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